… in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019

The first-annual list of 100 Top Business Books by Women written (in the past 5 years) is finally ready! And my team and I at HER Business Directory Listings are delighted to share it with you. In Celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we are unveiling our new list of 100 Top Business Books by Women.

We thoroughly enjoyed compiling this list and in fact, had quite a bit of help. In addition to our own research and the books we have read, we relied upon our list of connections including social media outreach to learn about great books written by women. We asked women in our Facebook Groups, posted on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.  In addition, during our podcast interviews, we asked the experts which books they recommended… the combined results are listed below.

If you are a business owner, or have been thinking about starting a business, a professional who would like to advance your career, increase your influence and hone your leadership and communication skills, the following books are excellent resources.  This list of 100 books segmented into the following business categories:  Branding, Careers, Communication, General Business, Get Organized/Goals/Time Management, Leadership, Success, Marketing, Sales, Money and Finance, Niche Specific, Social Media, Startup and Writing. IF YOUR BOOK IS LISTED HERE, BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOP 100 BUSINESS BOOKS BADGE (above) – YOU MAY USE IT ON YOUR SITES, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE!

Below the list you will find an opt-in form you can use to get notified when we compile future lists. In addition to be notified, if you are a woman, an author who has written a business or lifestyle book WE WANT TO KNOW.  You may even make our next list. When you sign up you will automatically receive a copy of my Ultimate Author Marketing & Promotions Checklist as a special thank you. It has been used by dozens of our clients to help them get attention for their books! And an invitation to submit YOUR book or the book of someone you admire will be included.

If you have written a fiction book, you can also sign up on the list. WE Magazine for Women, our sister sight is in the process of compiling a list of Top 100 Fiction Books Written by Women and would love to learn about your work for possible inclusion!

And now… may we present: 100 Business Books by Women written in the past 5


1.The Bamboo Breakthrough Branding Success Factor: 5 Success Keys to Branding Breakthrough Acceleration (Journal Planner) by Alicia Water

2. Brand Brilliance: Elevate Your Brand, Enchant Your Audience by Fiona Humberstone

3. Brand Yourself as The Trusted Local Celebrity: 25 Marketing Strategies to Position Yourself as the Obvious Choice in Your Market By Donna Gunter

4. Branding for Coaches, Consultants, Professionals & Entrepreneurs By Gundi Gabrielle


  1. Accelerate Your Impact: Action-based Strategies to Pave Your Professional Path By JJ DeGeronimo

6. Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career By Nicole Lapin

7. Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers By Wendy Sachs

8. Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss By Mary Abbajay

9. The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you By Emma Gannon

10. Own It: The Power of Women at Work By Sallie Krawcheck

11. Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers — and Seize Success By Dr. Dawn Graham

12. What Works: Gender Equality by Design By Iris Bohnet

13. Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings By Marlene Wagman-Geller

14. The Working Woman’s Handbook: Ideas, Insights, and Inspiration for a Successful Creative Career By Phoebe Lovatt

15. Work Party: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams By Jaclyn Johnson


16. Beyond Influencer Marketing: Create Connections with Influential People to Build Authority, Grow Your List, and Boost Revenue By Cloris Kylie

17. Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols By Nancy Duarte

18. It’s Just a Conversation: What to Say and How to Say It in Business By Laura Silverman and Trish Carr

19. Kill The Elevator Speech: Stop Selling, Start Connecting By Felicia Slattery

20. Networking That Really Works: Do it Right and Get Results By Andrea Nierenberg

21. No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work  By Liz Fosslien

22. Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence By Molly Beck

23. Speak with Impact: How to Command the Room and Influence Others By Allison Shapira

24. Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence By Valorie Burton

25. Your Best Speech Ever: The ultimate public speaking “How To Guide” featuring The Speech Formula, a proven design and delivery system By JR Steele


26. Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and Accountability By Neen James

27. Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World By Erica Keswin

28. Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves By Christy Wright

29. Buyer Personas: How to Gain Insight into your Customer’s Expectations, Align your Marketing Strategies, and Win More Business By Adelle Rivalla

30. Core Calling: Your step by step plan to building a business that sets you up for Life!  By Shanda Sumpter

31. The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs By Amy Wilkinson

32. Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive By Dorie Clark

33. Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value By Melissa Perri

34. The Essential Persona Lifecycle: Your Guide to Building and Using Personas By Tamara Adlin

35. The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success By Beverly Langford

36. Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business By Romi Neustadt

37. Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First-Class Life By Denise Duffield-Thomas

38. How to Be an Overnight Success: Making It in Business By Maria Hatzistefanis

39. The Illusion of Inclusion: Global Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, and the Bottom Line By Dr Helen Turnbull

40. Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs By Nathalie Molina Niño

41. The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living By Sharon Rowe

42. Management in Minutes By Phillipa Anderson

43. Own Your Purpose and Realize Your Potential: Experts Recount their Adventures to Success By Leslie Thomas Flowers

44. Quirky Marketing Calendar : More than 500 Ways to Grow Your Business Using Zany and Non-Traditional Holidays By Heidi Richards Mooney

45. Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar By Allison Maslan

46. Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen By Rita McGrath

47. Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth By Val Wright

48. UN-Market Your Business: 10 Ways for Savvy Entrepreneurs to Stand Out, Stop Struggling, & Start Profiting  By Carol J Dunlop

49. Wellpreneur: The Ultimate Guide for Wellness Entrepreneurs to Nail Your Niche and Find Clients Online  By Amanda Cook

50. Your First 100: How to Get Your First 100 Repeat Customers (and Loyal, Raving Fans) Buying Your Digital Products Without Sleazy Marketing or Selling Your Soul By Meera Kothand


51. Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less By Tiffany Dufu

52. Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results By Christina R. Wodtke

53. Your Focus Formula: How to Successfully Stay on Task, Finish Projects and Achieve Your Goals By Diana Fitts


54. My Blogging Secrets: A guide to becoming a pro-blogger By Amber L. McNaught

55. Own Your Niche: Hype-Free Internet Marketing Tactics to Establish Authority in Your Field and Promote Your Service-Based Business By Stephanie Chandler

56. Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing for Business By Susan Gunelius


57. 24 Carat Bold: Claim Your Position as the Top Expert in Your Field By Mindy Gibbins Klein

58. Bigger Than You: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Building An Unstoppable Team By Kelly Roach

59. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts By Brene’ Brown

60. #GIRLBOSS By Sophia Amoroso

  1. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur By Cara Alwill Leyba

62. Go or Don’t Go: The Complete Guide to Accelerate Your Success and Tap into Your Brilliance By Kate Beeders

63. The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness By Lolly Daskal

64. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media By Aliza Licht

64. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You By Julie Zhuo

66. Mentor Myth: How to Take Control of Your Own Success By Debby Carreau

67. The One Philosophy By Nancy Mathews

68. Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One By Jenny Blake

69. Quantum Success: 7 Essential Laws for a Thriving, Joyful and Prosperous Relationship with Work & Money By Christy Whitman

70. Quiet Girls Can Run the World: Owning Your Power When You’re Not the “Alpha” in the Room By Rebecca Holman

71. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity By Kim Scott

72. Rise: In Pursuit of Empowerment By Sabine Matharu

73. Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way By Nely Galan

74. Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses By Annette Green

75. The Successful Woman’s Mindset: Unlock The Secrets of Success, Activate Your Power By Galit Ventura-Rozen

76. This Woman Can: The no bullsh*t guide for women who lead By Janice Sutherland


77. 101 Marketing Secrets: The Only Book You Need To Power Position Yourself In The Marketplace, Out-Market, Out-Sell, Out-Convert Your Competitors & Make More Money Than Ever By Silvia Galati

78. Advertising, Branding & Marketing 101: The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Making Marketing More Effective By Dixie Marie Carlton

  1. THE B.E.S.T. Marketing Planner A 90 Day Guide to Help You Master Your Marketing and Grow Your Business By Nadine Mullings

80. Branding for Beginners: Why consistency is the key to creating and maintaining a brand image By Bernadette Geyer

81. Minimum Viable Marketing: Find the Right Pieces to Build Your Marketing Strategy By Brandi C. Johnson

82. Momentum: The 5 Marketing Principles That Will Propel Your Business in the Digital Age By Shama Hyder


83. The Hardworking Woman’s Guide to Money By Kathleen Thomas

84. Making Fast Cash in a Down Economy Without Computer Skills By Diana Loera

85. Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way By Tanja Hester


86. Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training By Diane S. Menendez Ph.D.

87. Finding Your Silver Lining in the Business Immigration Process: An Insightful Guide to Immigrant & Non-Immigrant Business Visas By Lauren Cohen, Esq.

88. Who The F*ck Am I To Be A Coach?!: A Warrior’s Guide to Building a Wildly Successful Coaching Business From the Inside Out By Mary Jo Wilson


89. The Goal Digger: How to Rock Your Multilevel Home-Based Business on Social Media By Kimberly Olson

90. Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media By Brittany Hennessy

91. InstaStyle: Curate Your Life, Create Stunning Photos, and Elevate Your Instagram Influence By Tessa Barton

92. Mindful Social Marketing: How Authenticity and Generosity are Transforming Marketing By Janet Fouts

93. Ultimate Guide to Instagram for Business By Kim Walsh


94. The 50-60 Something Start-Up Entrepreneur: How to Quickly Start and Run a Successful Small Business By Pamela Wigglesworth

95. Jumpstart Your New Business Now: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Profitable Business Doing What You Love By Katrina Sawa

96. She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur By Carrie Green

97. Start Your Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget: 12 Lessons on Becoming a Young Entrepreneur When You are Broke! By Felecia Hatcher


98. How To Make A Living With Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More By Joanna Penn

99. May I Have Your Attention, Please? Your Guide to Business Writing That Charms, Captivates and Converts By Mish Slade

100. The She Approach To Starting A Money-Making Blog: The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Profitable Blog By Ana Savuica


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