I absolutely love reading. Seriously, I´m a book devourer. It´s been harder to make time for reading in recent years after becoming a busy work from home mum, but I´ve discovered some tricks I want to share with you. I´ve also included my list over the 5 best books for female entrepreneurs – that way, you´ll get some kickass reading inspiration as well as tips on how to make thime to read them! These are the books you want to snuggle up in the sofa with, grasping a big mug of coffee and with a notebook by your side. There are so many nuggets of wisdom here in these entrepreneurial books that can really help you scare and grow your creative business. Enjoy!
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- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso: Sophia Amoruso wrote her book as a source of inspiration for ambitious female entrepreneurs. She beat all odds and built her fashion empire, earning over $250 million in revenue – despite having a difficult start in life. If you need a confidence boost and proof that anything is possible, then this book is for you.
- Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba: This book is for every female entrepreneur and side-hustler out there. It´s pretty much a road map for women wanting to help each other succeeed. It is the perfect book to build confidence and to help you start building valuable networks.
- She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green: Not only do you get valuable insight and advice about being a successful creative entrepreneur, Carrie talks about how she got over fear and doubt that held her back. In addion, you get many helpful tools to build your own successful business. A must-read for creative women!
- Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran: This is the inspiring journey of Barbara Corcoran. She tells us all about the setbacks and failures that she faced on her way to becoming a “shark” investor, and how she transformed the “failures” into powerful knowledge that would eventually lead to where she is today. If you are afraid of failure and get easily discouraged, you have to read this book!
- The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman: So many of us struggle with low self-confidence, especially when it comes to building a successful business. I know I certainly did! This book is full of great advice that you can start implementing straight away – and start believing in yourself and in your business.
Okay, so now you have the books – but how are you going to make time to read them? Fear not, I´ve listed out nine ways you can carve out quality-time with you and your new books below.
Try these ideas to rediscover the joy of reading books:
- Read books that you really want to read. Avoid reading something just because you think you should. Not everyone needs to read War and Peace or Paradise Lost. Read old Superman comic books, if that’s what you like. You’re not in school; you can read whatever you like.
- Create the time to read. It might be 20 minutes before bed or during your lunch hour. We feel like we don’t have the time because we over-schedule our lives, watch too much TV, and spend too much time surfing the Internet. Let go of some of that stuff and read instead. Make reading a habit by doing it regularly.
- When you’re reading, only read. This isn’t a time for one eye on the book and the other eye on the television set. If you’re going to get the most out of it, then really commit to what you’re doing. Just read during your reading time.
- Avoid thinking that you must finish every book you start. We have to suffer through some things in our lives that are less than exciting, but your books don’t have to be one of those things. If it’s not exciting to you, get rid of it and find something else. Life is too short to be bored any more than absolutely necessary.
- Don’t worry about how quickly you read. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to finish a book. The important thing is to have a blast reading it. You’ll find you’re your reading speed will increase when you read regularly.
- Check out the book reviews before you choose something to read. Websites like Amazon.com have thousands and thousands of reviews. You can usually read part of the book online. It’s a quick and easy way to figure out if you might like it before you buy.
- Get a library card. Free is good. Your local library is a wonderful place. Take advantage of your tax dollars and check it out.
- Remember the used bookstores. Not only can you find a lot of books that are at least 50% off, you can also sell the books you’ve finished reading. Books aren’t trophies that need to be kept on your shelves. If you’re not going to read it again, why save it?
- Consider joining a book club. You can read the book on your own and then discuss it with others. You’ll learn a lot more about the book and get a new social circle, too. Reading is a solitary activity, but there are aspects to reading that can be very social.
Reading opens your mind up to new possibilities. There is so much you can learn, and with a library card, reading can even be free. Find a great book that fascinates you and carve out some time in your life to read it. You’ll be glad you did!
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