The Business section of book stores is one that I usually avoid like the plague. While there’s something to be learned from everyone, there are only so many profiles of older unrelatable men I can read before I start to feel like maybe, as a young quirky woman of color, I don’t belong. That’s why it’s always refreshing to find business books not only aimed at young driven women, but also written by them too! Here are my picks for the best business books for young women:
1. Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger
I adore this book! Written by Lauren Berger, founder of Intern Queen, Welcome to the Real World is a very straightforward and easy to read guide for surviving your first “real” job after college. Not only does she cover things like organization, networking, and dealing with co-workers, she also gives advice about maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso, rebellious owner of Nasty Gal, has a rags to riches story that will blow your mind. She went from dumpster diving to owning a multi-million dollar business only 8 years after selling her first vintage garment on Ebay. While her rapid rise to success is a rare one, she offers advice along the way for all future #GIRLBOSSes, including cleaning up bad credit and how to *gulp* fire someone. Her writing style tends to be very in-your-face to match her spitfire personality so if you can get past that you’ll love this book!
3. Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
Another woman with a fiery personality is serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal. In her book Do Cool Sh*t she describes how she went from working a coveted job in corporate finance right out of college to quitting, becoming a professional soccer player, working on movies, and eventually starting her own chain of farm-to-table pizza restaurants at just 26 years old! She gives great advice about looking within yourself, and at the people around you, in order to, well, do cool sh*t.
4. Mistakes I Made at Work edited by Jessica Bacal
Mistakes I Made at Work features stories by 25 influential women detailing times they’ve messed up at work on their path to success. I LOVE this book. As a person who tends to beat myself up for small mistakes it’s great to see how people like Laurel Touby and Rachel Simmons overcame their mistakes, and became successful despite and even because of them.
Are there any books I’m missing? Please let me know. I need new ones to read!