4 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs

Information is so readily available to us nowadays, that it can sometimes get overwhelming. Anything we want to know, we can Google within a few seconds. With podcasts, YouTube videos, Google searches, and more…who has time to sit down and read whole books anymore? Especially ones about self-growth or entrepreneurship?

This girl. Seriously, I’m a strong believer that we should all make time to sit down, get real with ourselves, and learn something new…the “old-fashioned” way. Books. I digress.

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Even if you only have time to read one of these books, I would still highly recommend it. The books for entrepreneurs listed below really changed the way that I approached entrepreneurship and taught me a lot of different things about myself. These are books for entrepreneurs that are definite must-reads!

4 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs


This book is worth the hype. First of all, I love Sophia. I’ve loved Nasty Gal as a brand before I ever even knew who Sophia was and that she was the awesome founder. Once I heard (read?) her story, I couldn’t get enough. Seriously…I follow her on multiple social media networks and listen to her podcast religiously. Sophia is so smart and the true definition of a ruthless entrepreneur. She never let her current situation affect how she looked at her life and aspirations. She is transparent in this book and tells you exactly how she went from selling clothes on eBay to building a huge, expansive empire.

2.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I listened to this one as an audiobook once on a 6-hour Megabus journey heading from Chicago to Cleveland. Needless to say, the trip was grungy and gruesome. However, this book opened my mind and expanded my vision so much further than the dingy Megabus I was on.

3. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.

I received this book as a birthday present this past year, as I was attracted to the pretty cover art. Yes, I’m guilty of judging a book by the cover. However, in this situation, it turned out to be in my favor.This book really helped me jumpstart my freelance career of being a social media manager, specifically because of the way the book caters towards social media lovers. It’s easy and light to read, but has solid content and tips throughout.

4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Jen Sincero deserves to be fanned with palm leaves and fed grapes for the rest of her days because of this book. Quite possibly my favorite book on this list, You Are a Badass helps you connect to “source energy” and really get the most out of the awesome life you have been given. Jen is HILARIOUS, and I would often find myself laughing out loud. From a book. That doesn’t happen often for me, people.

What are your favorite books for entrepreneurs?

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  • I have the first 2 books on my reading list and the last one. The third book, I’ve never heard of but it sounds interesting. I think I’ll have to check it out! Good suggestions!

    • Emma Lenhart

      The third book is super good! I have a hard copy of it and just love to peruse through it every now and then. Thanks Felicia!

  • Kandja Abigail Sylla

    These are great reads!! Thanks for the share boo! x

    • EmmaLenhart

      No problem! Thanks for reading, Kandja.

    • Emma Lenhart

      No problem! Thanks for reading.

  • Thanks for the good recommendation! Been so curious on that Sophia Amoruso’s 😀

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    • Emma Lenhart

      It’s a classic! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Need to get reading these ASAP! x

    • Emma Lenhart

      🙂 Go for it!

  • Love Girlboss, and another recommendation is Start with Why, that book is FIRE! Next on my list is You are a Badass!! xo C

    • Emma Lenhart

      I’ll look into Start with Why! Thanks Courtney.

  • love love love- all are definitely going on the list!
    xo, Ingrid

    • Emma Lenhart

      Thanks Ingrid!

  • Girlboss was such an awesome book that helped motivate me for sure! I need to reread it actually… but all the other choices are ones I have had my eye on so I am glad to hear they’re actually pretty good. I think Leave Your Mark will be my next read!

    • Emma Lenhart

      I agree, I loved Girlboss! And Leave Your Mark is a great place to start. It has so many good stories/tips in it.

  • All 4 of these, especially Big Magic, are on my must read list!

    • Emma Lenhart

      Awesome! I hope you get to them.

  • I’ve seen Girl Boss recommended so often. I’ll definitely read it sooner or later.

    • Emma Lenhart

      Yes it is, and for good reason!


    Awesome recommendations! I’m always reading books for improvement and will definitely check these out.

    • Emma Lenhart

      Thank you! I hope you like them.

  • I’ve read 2 out of 4 and loved them. I think that means I should add the other 2 to my list!! 🙂

    • Emma Lenhart

      Yes!! Do it, Lauren 🙂

  • Samantha Hodges Hatcher

    I’m always looking for new books to add to my list. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Emma Lenhart

      No problem!

  • Aaron Autrey

    You’ve got to read 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss!! I also want to check out You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, looks awesome, thanks!

    • Emma Lenhart

      I have heard about that book before! I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  • I have heard that #Girlboss was a good book and I love Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a great list.

    • Emma Lenhart

      Thank you so much!

  • Ourlipsaremoving

    I love Big Magic! My favorite book is the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

    • Emma Lenhart

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll check it out.

  • Candy Kage

    Think I will start with Magic

    • Emma Lenhart

      Sounds great!

  • laurakim123

    I need to actively start reading more of these books! Thanks for the list!

    • Emma Lenhart

      No problem! Thanks for reading.

  • Yep I definitely need to read all of these especially the first one. I’ve heard great reviews on it.

    • Emma Lenhart

      Yay! I hope you like them.

  • Follow My Gut

    I’ve been meaning to read “Girl Boss” for the longest time and seeing it on your list has to be the final reason I get it! I saw her on a talk with Creative Live and it was so good. Check it out, you may like it too. Great round up btw!

    • Emma Lenhart

      Awesome! And I will definitely check that out. Thanks for reading.

  • Darci Lopez

    I’ve heard of Girl Boss, but have yet to read it. Thank you so much for the list. I too believe in actually reading books to get your learn on 😉

    • EmmaLenhart

      No problem, Darci! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Emma Lenhart

      No problem, Darci! Reading will never go out of style.

  • Dylan

    My summer reading list just got a whole lot more badass! Thank you!

    • Emma Lenhart

      Haha, I love that! Enjoy, Dylan.

  • Great list, lovely lady! Keep living unstoppable!

    • Emma Lenhart

      Thank you!

  • Shelby Kincer

    What web platform do you use to create your main images?! I LOVE them!

    • Emma Lenhart


  • Love this list. Actually, I read You are a Badass a couple days ago and I am totally crazy about it. This book is so useful! I really like Leave Your Mark, so thanks for recommendation. 🙂

    have a nice day xx

    • Emma Lenhart

      Aah! I am so happy to hear that. Thanks for reading, Lucie! 🙂

  • Tori | The Nurture Collective

    i love this list! the only one i haven’t read is You Are A Badass, but its definitely on my to-do!

    • Emma Lenhart

      That is probably my favorite book on the list! Definitely give it a read.

  • Fiorenza Rossini

    I’ve read the Big Magic and this is one of the best book I’ve read so far.
    The other ones you suggested are definitely on my list xx

    • Emma Lenhart

      Awesome! Enjoy 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this Emma. Just put ‘leave your mark’ on hold at the library. I’m lovin your blog.

    Come say hi: http://www.roliedema.com

    • Emma Lenhart

      No problem, Roli! I hope you enjoy the book 🙂 Thank you for the kind words!

  • I’ve read ALL of these! They’re on my faves list too 🙂

    • EmmaLenhart

      I love these books so much!

  • Ashley Ziegler

    Can’t wait to read these!