There are so many great books out there but I feel that these 5 books for business moms cover pretty much everything you need to create a successful business around your family.
I love books but gone are the days when you rocked up to the local book store and had to choose from their limited selection. Now with everything available online it can get overwhelming quickly when it comes to picking a good read, so I have compiled this list of books that will be a great foundation to have in your arsenal.
Paper, ebook or audio?
As much as I love reading “proper” books, you know, snuggled up on the sofa with a nice glass of wine. I have found listening to audiobooks a brilliant way to keep up with my reading habit even when I’m pushed for time or just too tired to read.
Sometimes it is easier to listen to a book when you are commuting or listen as you do the school run or the dreaded laundry! I want to share what I use, I signed up months ago and LOVE it.
It was a friend who introduced me to Scribd, it’s a subscription and has a vast library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts sheet music and documents. And with it being an app it syncs across your devices!
It’s an $8.99 monthly subscription (get 2 months free with my referral link) which makes it a lot cheaper than Audible. It also has membership perks like having free access to Blinkist, MUBI, Pocket and FarFaria (unlimited kids books).
I have read far more this year purely because I have access to Scribd, train journeys are more productive and Ebi-kun and I also listen to novels at lunchtime!
This post does include affiliate links which means I get a small percentage from the sale at no cost to you if you chose to buy something
My 5 Top Books
For Entrepreneurs Moms
Everything Is Figureoutable
Full disclosure, I am a big Marie fan. I joined her B-school back in 2012 and love everything that she stands for. Everything Is Figureoutable is a book that has long been awaited for and is written in an easy, funny and personable tone. It is perfect for working on growth mindset, being more productive and being less self-critical. All important qualities for entrepreneurial minds.
She teaches some valuable lessons and shares the lessons she learned along the way but also delivers practical ideas that you can take away and apply yourself.
If you are not a natural action taker, this is a great read for you, if you are an action taker then it will inspire you to do more!
As she says at the start, you have to do the work! I recommend grabbing a journal and writing as you read, stopping when you need to dig deeper. If you have the receipt there is a great bundle you can grab on the Everything Is Figureoutable site.
Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms
Denise Duffield Thomas
I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the whole thingy-prenuer names but I love Denise so I didn’t let it stand in the way of me reading the book. Her other books Lucky Bitch and Get Rich, Lucky Bitch are great reads too but are more focused on money mindset.
I feel that Chillpreneur is a great book for moms especially if you feel like you are running on empty and trying to run your business around your family and it’s taking its toll on your health and mental well-being. Block out a couple of hours (no, it’s not selfish), and sit down and read this book. It is a game-changer!
I love how Denise is like the girl next door, she tells is as it is and even though I have come across many of the concepts before (it’s only because I have binge-watched all of Denise’s videos from the last 6 years or so). It’s still refreshing to hear them again.
I’m not very woo-woo, Denise manages to bring in the woo without the need to get naked and dance in front of the full moon. If that is your level of woo, that is fine, for me personally I like the side of the practical steps of the Law Of Attraction.
This is one of the books for business moms I recommend reading before you even start on your entrepreneurial journey.
Denise also has some great bonuses to help you work through the exercises, just follow the link in the book! Chillpreneur combined with the hard practicalities of the next book on the list is a winning combo.
Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself
The whole premise of this book is to get you working ON your business, not IN your business. The concepts are not new but the way he presents them with the solo business owner in mind make it easy to see how you can take the next step without bankrupting yourself! Clockwork will help you take your business up to the next level.
The tone does come off as a bit flippant at times but that aside the content is solid and I found this a much more digestible read than his other book, Profit First but that may be because productivity is my thing and anything to do with accounting sends me to sleep!
And as an action taking productivity nerd, I love that there are clear action steps to take at the end of each chapter. You might want to read the whole book first to get the big picture view and then go back and do each chapter. (He has a quick-start kit available, link in the book).
Using the 4D’s method that he outlines really helps to breakdown what is going on in your business and where to start when it comes to delegating tasks out. If you are thinking of delegating out, you should check out this post.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Atomic Habits is not a business book but can be used in your business. Using the kaizen method (you know, that thing I keep banging on about!) of tiny daily improvements, James Clear explains with plentiful examples on how to change your life and real your goals just by creating a tiny change each day.
Just 1% improvement each day means a total of 39% improvement over the course of a year. That is HUGE.
By using his methods and building habits and routines into your day you can, help your day to run smoother and help your kids to do what you need them to do easier.
By creating easy, no-brainer baby-step actions we can improve our personal and work situations across the board. I love that he focuses not only on goals but systems of change and provides a full toolkit to help achieve it.
Having read numerous productivity and habit changing books, this is a clear winner, it’s practical, yet backed by science, has great actionable steps that you can start implementing immediately and organized in a sensible way.
You will also want to share the strategies with your family and simples steps will help your kids understand the power of habit too. In the freebies, James sends out there is an Atomic Habits guide to parenting included.
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen Donald Miller
Building a Story Brand is a must-read if you are new to creating your own business. He talks about how using the Story Brand principles help with your marketing and how to use the brand script to build your website.
The concept isn’t revolutionary but the way he presents it is great for those new to the marketing world. He uses Star Wars as an example of the hero’s journey.
The biggest take-away is that YOU are not the hero of your business, your customer is and with that in mind, everything else falls into place.
If you are not a pro copywriter, this will help you write your copy, it’s written in an easy to digest way and isn’t filled with a load of waffly jargon.
Use the link in the book to access the brand script page on his website, there you can create brand scripts not only for your overall business but for each product or service you sell.
It has become common practice to write a book with gifts/freebies attached that then lead you into the author’s world which is obviously a way to sell to you at the end of the day.
This is not a bad thing and you can certainly learn a lot from these people just from their free stuff. Marie releases a new video every Tuesday, James Clear has a great podcast etc.
I love that books for business moms, and many other genres these days include extra help so that we can dig deeper. IMPLEMENTATION is key though, just reading is not enough.
But… remember to take Mike’s advice and concentrate on the things that you do best and rather than pay for expensive courses on say copywriting, if words are not really your jam, invest instead in a copywriter, who, at the end of the day will do a better job.
I am very much for self-development but it is very easy to fall into the trap of trying to do it all yourself! With these books for business moms as your arsenal you will have all bases covered, the practicalities of running your business, the mindset tools, the habits you need to form and the steps you need to take.
The one thing missing is a tight-knit community of like-minded moms, building their businesses around their family. The Wonder Mom Success Club is exactly that, you don’t need to do this alone.
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