Business books by women, for women
Are you starting a business, or running one? Need some pointers? We’ve compiled a list of business books from the best in the biz – you’ll be CEO in no time. And if you’re just keen to read more about business by women, for women, then we’ve got you covered too.
Alpha Girls by Julian Guthrie
For all its trailblazing, world-shaping innovation, Silicon Valley has long been a mysterious, male-dominated world and, at its worst, a toxic environment in which to be a woman. And it’s not hard to see why – with figureheads like Jobs, Musk and Zuckerberg to look up to, it’s a dude-bro paradise. How is it possible that a community with such forward-looking technology could take such a backward approach to gender relations? Alpha Girls is an insightful, in-depth look at this enigmatic industry, focusing on a group of self-made women who helped launch the modern computer industry and became renowned figures in Silicon Valley.
Mindful Money by Canna Campbell
Learn the best way of managing your finances from expert financial planner Canna Campbell. Campbell is also a mother, partner and entrepreneur – if anyone knows how to juggle time and money, then it’s going to be her. So many of us wear multiple hats, so it’s good to hear from someone who really, really knows about best standards of practice. No matter what you earn or what level of knowledge you have, Mindful Money will help you to see that financial independence is achievable.
The Agile Executive by Marianne Broadbent
Who better to learn from than the best in the business? Marianne Broadbent has been working in the leadership, management and strategy areas for over 20 years, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a tutor more knowledgeable and experienced than her. In The Agile Executive, Broadbent, alongside her own wealth of experience, shares insights from 23 female executives in the game who provide their personal and career perspectives on their own trade-offs and ‘getting on with it’.
How to Do Marketing by Jane Hillsdon
If you’re starting a small business, or running one, you’re going to need to know about marketing: what it is, and how to do it. Author Jane Hillsdon, founder and Managing Director of boutique regional marketing agency; Dragonfly Marketing, will help you to understand what your marketing goals are, how to get there, and how to best implement them to get your business where it needs to be. Creative and effective marketing doesn’t need to come with a hefty price tag.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
I guarantee you’ll have heard of the Huffington Post. But have you heard of Arianna Huffington, its co-founder and editor-in-chief, who is undoubtedly one of the most influential women in the world? While Thrive functions more as a memoir than a how-to, it does provide unprecedented insight into Huffington’s business and personal life, where she talks candidly about managing her time and learning how to prioritise the demands of career and family.
What It Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds by Raegan Moya-Jones
This is essential reading for anyone who’s ever been told that they shouldn’t or couldn’t – from someone who could, should and did. While juggling work and being a new parent, Raegan Moya-Jones was also starting a business. One day, when her overbearing boss told her she didn’t have an entrepreneurial bone in her body, she had to stop herself from laughing in his face. Her business had just hit a revenue of $1 million. This is a success story that will have you punching the air.