6 Books To Read Now To Make You A Better Entrepreneur in 2017

Determined to make 2017 YOUR year?
Crack open one (or all) of these great reads and set yourself up to be a better entrepreneur.
(Psst… ) Be sure to check out the fun facts we listed beneath each title.

1 | Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company by Danielle Tate


Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company draws on Danielle Tate’s experience and on conversations with prominent entrepreneurs and top executives. Relevant both to women with no business background and to those in the process of developing a business, Elegant Entrepreneur offers key information and concepts from idea to exit. It discusses the early stages of evaluating an idea, understanding market demands, pitching ideas, building a team of partners and employees, launching, fundraising, marketing and growing a company, handling competition, and knowing when to sell.
FUN FACT: Author Danielle Tate wrote this article for The Mogul Mom this past spring.

2 | The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John


The Power of Broke was written by my favorite shark from Shark Tank, Daymond John. When your back is up against the wall, your bank account is empty, and creativity and passion are the only resources you can afford, success is your only option. Here you’ll learn how to tap into that Power of Broke to scrape, hustle, and dream your way to the top.
FUN FACT: I was asked to be an ambassador for the launch and Daymond surprised me by mailing me a signed copy!


3 | The Sustainable Edge by Scott Ford and Ron Carson

The Sustainable Edge was written for all business owners who are seeking a fuller, more rewarding work-life balance. In this easy-to-reference, practical guide authors and entrepreneurs Ron Carson and Scott Ford share personal anecdotes to their own career successes. Each chapter is designed to inspire entrepreneurs to define and sustain a competitive edge in the complex, fast-changing world of business.
FUN FACT: One of the authors, Scott Ford, stopped by to give Mogul Mom readers Tips for Living a Steve Jobs Life on Your Own Terms.

4| Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work. This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book.
FUN FACT: The Mogul Mom and its original founder Heather Allard were featured in Chris’ debut book, The $100 StartUp.

5 | Conquer Your Year by Natalie MacNeil

Designed to be picked up at any time of year, Conquer Your Year by Natalie MacNeil will help you put your ideas into action, keeping you on track with helpful tips and engaging exercises aimed towards setting achievable goals. With monthly themes, daily schedules, big picture goal setting, space to manage projects, and even daily doodles and inspiration, this really is the one-stop planner every entrepreneur needs on her desk.
FUN FACT: Natalie asked Mogul Moms a pointed question in this article she wrote for us.

6 | Profit First: A Simple System To Transform Any Business From A Cash-Eating Monster To A Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

Discover the profoundly simple yet shockingly effective accounting plug-in that will transform your business from a cash eating monster into a money making machine. In Profit First, Mike Michalowicz author of The Pumpkin Plan & The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, explains why the GAAP accounting method is contrary to human nature, trapping entrepreneurs in the panic-driven cycle of operating check-to-check and reveals why this new method is the easiest and smartest way to ensure your business becomes wildly (and permanently) profitable from your very next deposit forward.
FUN FACT: We interviewed the author back when he debuted his first book, The Toiletpaper Entrepreneur.

What was your most favorite recent read? Let us know in the comments.



Melissa Bolton

Brand Therapist + Copywriter at Melissa Bolton
Melissa is a mompreneur and brand therapist providing neurobranding and conversion copywriting services to solopreneurs and micro-business owners looking to truly connect with their right people. Leaning on proven psychology principles, she helps clients create a brand presence that's not only explicitly unique, but highly memorable. She offers 25 years of extensive sales and marketing experience. You can learn more about her and visit her other sites, here: MelissaBolton.com & Revolutionary-Branding.com

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  1. Claudia

    Really fantastic list! Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers. As a business owner I want to see my company succeed and grow, but it can be a daunting task and I often felt like I didn’t know where to start. A colleague recommended “Think Wrong”, a book about making positive changes by challenging your current way of thinking and handling challenges in a new way. I’ve already reworked my outlook on the direction my company needs to go in, and my employees are responding with a renewed sense of purpose and creativity. I highly recommend this book to anyone tasks with making workplace improvements, no one’s position is too big or too small to benefit from this kind of change in perspective.

  2. Brittney Moffatt

    Very useful! I will definitely pick up some of these books! Thank you.

    • Melissa Bolton

      Thanks, Brittney! Do you have any other favorite biz books I need to know about?


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