If you’re like most creative entrepreneurs, you crave knowledge.
You read 10 to 15 blog posts per day. Listen to a podcast every time you drive. And watch YouTube tutorials while chopping veggies.
And while being self-taught is admirable (seriously, we’re impressed), many of these information rabbit holes lack the substance of a good old fashioned book.
Books are better researched, have more credibility, and they don’t gloss over a topic.
You could say books and blog posts are like Mac’s Ruby Woo Retro to Lip Smacker’s gloss. With a book, you learn everything you need to know about a topic and have long-lasting wear…I mean, applicable knowledge.
That’s why we’ve created a list of our favorite financial books for creative entrepreneurs–to help quench your thirst for financial smarts.
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
This book is great if you want to get your finances in order and start building wealth. It includes budget forms, case studies, and clear “baby” steps for managing your money. Much like you’d expect someone else to manage your money, you know…really well.
One Amazon reviewer, Willis, said, “Good book. Life changing! In 4 months, I paid off my car loan, all credit cards and doctor bills!!!! About $6,000 total. I increased my credit score to a 747. Started at a 669.”
Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze
Rachel Cruze is a living, breathing case study that Ramsey’s method and advice works.
Literally, cause she’s his daughter.
But, this book has a young, fresh perspective. And it’s all about embracing and owning what you have, not what everyone else has. It includes the essential money habits for living a life that aligns with your values, so you can afford what you want to buy without stress, debt, or worry.
“This book has a lot of practical applications….It was like she was reading my life story to me. I put social media down so that I wouldn’t feel the need to do things due to what others were doing or fueling bad behaviors because of this book as that is what I found myself doing…” – S. Davis, Amazon Review.
Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth by Erin Verbeck
Do you discount your services? Or struggle to charge more because you’re afraid your clients will run for the hills? Grab this book and a highlighter. Cause baby, you’re worth it.
Verbeck teaches you how to build a brand so you can charge more, create products to achieve a loyal client base, and also why you should implement a boutique way of marketing your business.
One reviewer, Brittany Knight, said, “A friend recommended this book to me after telling me (lovingly) that I needed to raise my pricing for my brand design. I’m happy to say this book inspired me not only to value my work more, but also to pursue new, more robust ways to serve my clients. I’ve tried several new business tactics as a result of this book and have seen the results in the number of great clients I’ve acquired! Greatly recommend.”
The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg
The secret is out. To make money, you need to give more.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? But in this classic bestseller, Burg will teach you how to change your focus from getting to giving. And why putting other’s interest first and providing value will lead to unexpected returns. It’s written as a modern-day parable which makes it a quick, easy read.
“I’ve never read a book that had an impact on me like this book did. I can genuinely feel how much the author of the book cares about the reader as I’m reading. This book has changed the way I think about business and life. I’ve learn a ton about business and why I’m not seeing the success I’m looking for. Highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to live a happier and more fulfilled life.” –Amazon Reviewer
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz
To lose weight, you use a smaller plate, so your portions are smaller. Michalowicz applies this principle to profit. You take your profit first and apportion what remains for expenses. By following his four principles, you can simplify your accounting and achieve long-term growth. The book includes case studies, actionable advice, and some humor.
Moshe Amsel said on Amazon, “This book is a must read for anyone interested in starting a business or is already a business owner. Heck this book will help you even if you use it for your personal finances. Mike has written a very easy to read, page turner that you will not be able to put down! As a reader of well over 1,000 business books, this one is in my top ten for sure!”
What book made the biggest impact on your life as a creative entrepreneur? Share with us in the comments. And don’t forget to grab our Free Bookkeeping Guide here to help you put those smarts to work.
The Total Money Makeover changed our life: we paid off $88K of consumer and student debt five years and never looked back! Highly recommend.
Just requested Profit First from the library – I heard him interviewed on the Entreleadership podcast and thought the ideas sounded great.