My 10 Fave Business Reads of 2019!

These were some of my favorite work, productivity and finance related books of 2019! Most weren’t published this year, but that’s when I read them so… 🤣

My 10 Fave Business Reads of 2019

 1. Everything Is Figureoutable 

I’ve been a fan of Marie’s for years and have found her massively inspirational! If you’re a solopreneur I think that you’ll definitely appreciate her warm, supportive and yet no-nonsense perspective!


Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how. You’ll learn:

    The habit that makes it 42% more likely you’ll achieve your goals.
    How to overcome a lack of time and money.
    How to deal with criticism and imposter syndrome.

It’s more than just a fun phrase to say. It’s a philosophy of relentless optimism. A mindset. A mantra. A conviction.


2. Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself

I’m still working my way through this one but I love that it has already helped me to change my workflow into one that is infinitely more streamlined than what I had before!

Description: Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit? It’s possible. And it’s easier than you think.


3. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

Man I love me some GaryVee and I’m really glad I started giving him a chance two years ago… (Like many I was at first put off by his profane delivery). After binging on hundreds of hours of his YouTube material I finally decided to read one of his books. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook has aged quite a bit since it’s initial release, however swap Tumblr for TikTok and you should be AOK. I’ve taken tons of notes and implemented quite a few ideas for 2020 already! 

Description: Thanks to the massive change in and proliferation of social media platforms in the last four years, the winning combination of jabs and right hooks is different now. Communication is still key, but context matters more than ever. It’s not just about developing high-quality content; it’s also about developing high-quality content that’s perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms and mobile devices. It’s about truly engaging with customers, not by shouting at them over social media but by using new narrative forms particular to each different media platform


4. Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media

I don’t remember how this book first crossed my radar but I’m really glad it did! This year I decided to start the process of shifting my entire revenue model, while also rebranding and re-sparking my online presence. Whoa, that’s a lot and this book helped me to really break it down. Especially with all the changes that have happened on the social media side of things. Hennessy does a great job of breaking things down into step-by-step actionables. 

Description: Whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready for bigger campaigns, Hennessy guides you through core influencer principles. From creating content worth double tapping and using hashtags to get discovered, to understanding FTC rules and delivering metrics, she’ll show you how to elevate your profile, embrace your edge, and make money—all while doing what you love.


5. Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging

One of my goals for 2019 was to create more video content on a consistent basis. Especially where vlogs were concerned. I majored in film in college so a lot of the technical aspects were known to me. I was more interested in the strategy behind, and psychology of vlogging. 


This complete guide will show you how to:

  • Overcome the three major fears that hold many people back from making videos
  • Create your most engaging vlog every time with the Authority Video Formula
  • Achieve your on-camera talent (and no, you don’t need to be a natural!)
  • Leverage the “secret” to video success that creates fans for life
  • And much more!


6. Capture Your Style: Transform Your Instagram Photos, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform

2019 was also the year that I decided to take a more analytical approach to my Instagram feed. I had never paid much attention to my “grid” beforehand or “content buckets”. That all changed this year. On a friend’s recommendation I picked up this book and haven’t regretted it! As is the norm with social media oriented books, many of the apps and platforms mentioned will disappear and/or decline by the time you read about them in print. That’s ok. The most important things are the principles conveyed, then apply them to whatever is in vogue or “bubbling under”. 


In this ultimate how-to Instagram guide, you’ll learn:
·      How to brighten, sharpen, and filter your photos
·      The best apps and filters
·      How to prop and style food and fashion photos
·      Ways to craft your voice and story on Instagram
·      How to gain more Instagram followers
·      Secrets behind building a top Instagram brand
·      How to transform an Instagram hobby into a successful business
·      Tips for driving revenue based on your following


7. InstaStyle: Curate Your Life, Create Stunning Photos, and Elevate Your Instagram Influence

Ditto, as the above (lol)


InstaStyle is a must-have guide for any Instagrammer who aspires to become an influencer. You’ll learn to create your brand, connect with others, and share the way you see the world! Tezza and other well-known Instagram influencers will show you how they’ve procured their platforms, and teach you how to tell compelling visual stories that will help your build your own brand.

Here is what you’ll find in InstaStyle:

   • Beautiful imagery and easily understood guides to help you achieve your Instagram goals
   • Tips for creating an immediately recognizable grid aesthetic and showcasing your life, all while still remaining true to your personal brand
   • Expert advice and tips for creating beautiful photography, telling compelling visual stories, finding management representation, and creating successful brand engagement strategies


8. Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age

Although I’ve always been relatively good at finances, and read up fairly regularly on financial management (hey I’m a Taurus) I haven’t really been disciplined about having a strategy for ‘the rest of my life’. As I’m not getting any younger I thought this year I’d really hunker down and see how I could possibly start making up for lost time. This, and the next two books, were the most helpful for me and I now have a plan that I feel pretty confident about! 


Whether you are in your thirties, forties, fifties, or even older, Bach shows that you really can start late and still live and finish rich – and you can get your plan in place fast. In a motivating, swift read you learn how to ramp up the road to financial security with the principles of spend less, save more, make more – and most important, LIVE MORE. And he gives you the time tested plan to do it.

The Start Late, Finish Rich promise is bold and clear:

Even if you are buried in debt – there is still hope.

You can get rich in real estate – by starting small.

Find your “Latte Factor” – and turbo charge it to save money you didn’t know you had.

You can start a business on the side – while you keep your old job and continue earning a paycheck.

You can spend less, save more and make more – and it doesn’t have to hurt.


9. Debt Free for Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom


In Debt Free for Life, #1 New York Times best-selling author David Bach has written his most groundbreaking and important book since The Automatic Millionaire, giving us the knowledge, the tools, and the mindset we need to get out of debt and achieve financial freedom- forever! Offering a revolutionary approach to personal finance that teaches you how to pay down your debt and adopt a whole new way of living – debt free. Bach unveils the Debt Wise program that empowers you to pare down your debt automatically. You’ll learn how to calculate your Debt Freedom Day – the actual date you will be completely free of debt. And you’ll discover that when you are debt free, you need a lot less money to live on. You can retire, even with a smaller nest egg — perhaps earlier than you expected.


10. The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich


What Makes The Automatic Millionaire unique:


  • You don’t need to make a lot of money
  • You don’t need a budget
  • You don’t need willpower
  • You don’t need to be that interested in money
  • You can set up the plan in an hour




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