As Tory Burch said, “we need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologising. It is time to take ownership of our success.” 

It is reported that in the last 20 years there has been a 114% increase in businesses owned by females. And that number is continually rising.

So if you’re in need of a little inspo when it comes to running your own business in heels, these are five books that every female entrepreneur should read at least once:

#GIRL BOSS

#Girl Boss is the autobiography of a female kick-arse entrepreneur, Sophia Amoruso, who successfully owns the popular fashion label, Nasty Gal. 

In this book, she tells women to not just run their businesses but to take charge of their own lives, and make whatever they want to happen (with ease). She tells that a girl boss is someone who knows when to follow the rules and when to bend them accordingly. A girl boss is someone who those good things come to those who work for it. And isn’t that the truth?!

SHE MEANS BUSINESS 

The Queen of female entrepreneur support, Carrie Green is the founder of The Female Entrepreneur Association. 

Carrie explains why females with an entrepreneurial mindset cannot seem to make it happen because they don’t know how to go about and start their journey. As a result, they end up feeling insecure and confused about their career path. 

Through her book, she will empower you and give you the confidence and ideas to carry your business successfully.

IN COMPANY OF WOMEN

This book by Grace Bonnet contains stories of over 100 influential female entrepreneurs who carved their path to success. The interviews and profiles of these 100 women, with different backgrounds, highlight the key to success. 

The book also urges women to take out time for their daily rituals and to form meaningful and healthy relationships through community and networking.

THRIVE 

Ariana Huffington, of the Huffington Post, knows a thing or two about creating and running a global juggernaut. Ariana shares her journey of realisations about how a successful life is not just about earning loads of money or getting a corner office. 

She shares her struggles with strained relationships, deteriorating mental health and illnesses, and really brings home that life isn’t as glossy as it looks from the outside.

YEAR OF YES

Actor Shonda Rhimes shares her journey from being an introvert to an extrovert public figure. 

She tells us that she attained this attitude by simply saying Yes to every question that was put in her way, and that proved to be helpful for her personality build-up.

This book is for you if you struggle with opening up to new opportunities – it’s an incredible tale of how your life can change and be enriched from simply saying “yes”.