Summer is one of my favorite seasons in business. Everything seems to slow down a little in the summer months. It would be easy to complain about lower revenue or fewer inquiries as everyone heads out on their summer vacations, but I like to look on the bright side. 

Summer is the time for dreaming and scheming and making big plans for the second half of the year. It’s time to slow down, refocus on the big vision, and spend plenty of time poolside with a good book in hand.

If you’re looking for some biz books to add to your summer reading list, you won’t want to miss these: 

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

This is required reading for ALL women (but especially business owners).  This book showed me areas where I was holding myself back, acknowledge my fears, and take action anyway. It’s helped me take fast action on ideas that I otherwise would have “perfected” for so long that they never saw the light of day. It also helped me find clarity in the direction I truly want to take my business. 

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

More required reading for women who want to make an impact. This book goes pretty deep into the science and history that impacts confidence in women. For me, this book revealed the way societal norms have shaped the “confidence gap” between women and men. It gives practical advice on how to push past those barriers.

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

This is a practical book on messaging and copywriting. It will help you create a story around your business with your ideal client as the main character. Many business owners complicate their message in an attempt to be less “salesy.” The intentions are good but often make it harder for people to understand what you do and how you can help them. This book shows the importance of clarity and directness in talking about your services.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

More than any other author, Brene Brown’s work has helped me re-frame the way I look at failure, criticism, and imperfection, and start “daring greatly” in my life and business. I can’t get enough of Brene Brown’s work and honestly recommend reading ALL of her books. This is a great one to start with. 

You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Let’s face it: we all have weird backstories when it comes to our relationship with money. It took a lot of soul searching and journaling on the concepts in this book for me to really understand how my history with money, what I was taught and how I saw people around me approach money has impacted the way I approach money in my business. This is a must read for all business owners, but especially if you’ve ever felt “icky” about asking for money in your business.

Did you notice that most of these wouldn’t technically be considered “business books?”  And yet, they’ve had more of an impact on my business than any traditional business resources. Sure, learning marketing tactics and business strategies are important. But as female entrepreneurs, WE are our businesses. These books on mindset, personal development, etc. have had the biggest impact on finding the confidence to take action and implement those strategies.

Is there another book I should add to this list? I would love to hear which books have had the biggest impact on YOUR business. Send me an email and let me know!