Internet trends come and go but books are forever. They teach, comfort, and inspire. They’re mostly affordable. They’re almost always small enough for a work bag or nightstand. What isn’t there to love, especially when you’re a creative entrepreneur looking for her first great read of the new year? December and January are the best months for discovering the best entrepreneur books because new releases tend to peak around the holidays.
Now that we’re a couple of weeks into 2022, it’s time for a quick overview of the current bestsellers and those who are well on their way to a top spot. The needs of a creative are expansive and our picks cover a variety of topics; from mindset techniques to business building 101 to finance tips and more.
Ahead, our favorite fresh-off-the-press entrepreneur books for your reading pleasure.
Ashley K. Stoyanov Ojeda’s step-by-step toolkit is a top new release on Amazon and for good reason. Written for Latina solopreneurs and creatives, her book is part memoir, part workbook that harnesses the unique vantage point of her experiences, and tactical tools for taking an idea or side hustle to the next level.
You’ll want to preorder the latest money guide from best-selling author Nicole Lapin (release date: February 1). This time around, she’s teaching the basics (and her personal favorite tips) for investing. It will include an explainer of all the must-know terms (like stocks and bonds), as well as how to navigate some of the most common financial decisions (like starting a business or purchasing a home), if you haven’t already.
We live in a time where creatives feel as though they must monetize not just one, but multiple, parts of their lives. Catherine Price, author of the popular How To Break Up With Your Phone, is back to challenge that notion. Her latest book combines personal experience and scientific research around the benefits of “true” fun, which she defines as “the magical confluence of playfulness, connection, and flow,” and how it can help bring a sense of purpose to our lives, whether we’re workaholics or not.
For those who are scared to call themselves entrepreneurs because they have yet to turn a profit or get past the idea stage, Jo Richardson’s book is for you. This is a simple, step-by-step guide that can be used over weeks, months or years (you choose the timeline!), along with a reflections tool you can use to document your thoughts and wellbeing along the way.
Laurence Kotlikoff’s money guide is the number one new release in Amazon’s Self-Help section. Inside, the New York Times best-selling author provides a series of simple, economically-savvy frameworks for transforming your financial status in a number of all-too-common areas. Some of the topics covered include how to graduate from school debt-free, how to choose a career that will maximize your lifetime earnings, and the benefits of cashing out your IRA to pay off a mortgage.
Best-selling author Michael Bungay Stanier wrote this practical guide for people who are feeling stuck, unmotivated, or confused about what to do next. Using his signature laidback and humorous tone, Stanier walks the reader through a process for realizing their Worthy Goal, or in his words, “one that lights you up, compels you to grow, and serves a bigger game by being thrilling, important and daunting.”
Have you ever been terrified to look at your bank account balance or faced devastating financial loss? Kumiko Love, founder of online resource The Budget Mom, knows all about that. And it’s why she wrote this book, which lays out the foundational practices for overcoming financial anxiety, including how to create a budget based on your real life and not your self-denial.
Traditional forms of monetization are going nowhere but the explosive popularity of non-fungible tokens is proof that alternative options are also here to stay. QuHarrison Terry’s guide demystifies the process of creating and selling NFTs, including primers on blockchains and cryptocurrency. If you’re intimidated by the how-to of it all, this book was made specifically for those without a technical background.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons to be distracted these days, a global pandemic being the biggest one. Still, the show must go on and Amishi P. Jha’s book will remind you that your brain, is in fact, not broken, and that focusing is still attainable. Grab this book so you can finally pay attention to what’s right in front of you.
Karen Mangia’s timely book speaks directly to the times we’re in, where everyone is rethinking how they view work and what it means to achieve success. Her practical guide includes ways to escape the feeling of career constriction, how to create a work culture that’s high impact and low stress, and most importantly, how to reject the assumption that you must “do it all” to succeed.
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