6 Books that will Inspire your Business and Success

6 Books that will inspire your business and success

6 Books that will Inspire your Business and Success

The sun is out, warming your terrace and your deckchair beckons.


It’s the perfect excuse to open a new book and get a fresh dose of self development and inspiration.


Not sure what to read?  Here are just a few of my favourite books.


They will teach you everything you need to know, from building a success mindset, to managing your time, from setting awesome goals to making them happen!


She Means Business

I’ve been following Carrie Green for a long time, and I just find her incredibly inspiring and open.


In ‘She Means Business’, Carrie shares how visualisation and goal setting took her from a feeling trapped in a successful business she no longer enjoyed – to being an inspired entrepreneur.


Carrie talks about how she came to start the Female Entrepreneur Association, inspire thousands of other women to also create authentic businesses and lives that they love.


I love how she not only shares lots of practical tips on how to develop a business step-be-step, but also looks at how to overcome fear and doubt and build a robust success mindset.


This book is easy to read and full of inspiring quotes, stories and affirmations – an absolute gem for every female business owner or woman aspiring to be her own boss.

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur


Carrie Green Quote - Magic happens when you are inspired


Girl Code

This is a great book that really zones in on the specific challenges many women face when starting and running their own business, such as a lack of confidence, self-belief and being surrounded by negativity.


Author, Cara Alwill Leyba, encourages women to be inspired by the many other women out there who are rocking their goals – but to find a way to express your own unique message and self, and not merely copy others.


She not only shares her own experiences in becoming a happy, confident and successful business owner, but also speaks to a range of other female entrepreneurs about their journeys, providing you with well-rounded advice. With so many perspectives, you are sure to find a few stories and ideas that inspire you.


I enjoyed the story format and could relate to many of the topics covered – and I certainly appreciated the reminder to always have some champagne on ice ready to celebrate every win!

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur


Girl Code Quote, Cara Alwill Leyba

Do Less Get More

I think every women can relate to the feeling of always being too busy and this book provides the perfect antidote.


Throughout her book, Shaa Wasmund shares many simple, but devastatingly effective lessons on how to work smart and live life your way.


The book is easy to read, inspiring and has great tips, summaries and exercises at the end of each chapter, making it a great reference too.


Its simple style and layout really echoes and amplifies the message that we can all start making simple changes to our lives that will stop us feeling overwhelmed, and allow us to regain control and get more done by improving our approach to work and life.


If you’ve ever felt that you just don’t have enough hours in the day or if you constantly feel that you run around all day, but achieve very little – then this book is a must!

Do Less, Get More: How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way


Shaa Wasmund Quote

A Rebel’s Guide to Inner Peace: Live The Moment

I’ve had the very good fortune to have seen Mahima speak live on a few occasions and to attend some of her workshops. She is one of my favourite coaches on the subject of mindfulness – a key success factor for all business owners.


Being able to live in the moment, gain clarity of purpose and remain laser focused is not only empowering, but it can being inner piece and joy into your life.


In this book, Mahima Klinge shares her extraordinary journey of self discovery and transformation and shares how you too can explore your hidden talents and become unstoppable.


Mahima’s amazing tale is as enjoyable to read as it is inspiring, making is an ideal summer read.

A Rebel’s Guide to Inner Peace: Live The Moment


Mahima Klinge quote


Owning Yourself

When I switched from freelancing to running a home business, this was one of the first books I read on how to a successful network business.


I was hesitating about including this book, as I know that while network marketing industry has an impressing list of fans, including many of the world’s most respected business leaders and motivational speakers, it does seem to have just as many doubters – but should you decide to learn more about how the network marketing industry really works, and how you can make a success of it, then this is a great book to start with. So I’ve decided to keep it in the list.


I’ve now read many books on this subject, but this remains a firm favourite. I love Paula Pritchard’s easy going style, step-by-step guidance and how she shares exactly what you need to do or say in any given situation.


She also shares powerful advice of dealing with rejection, overcoming your fears and finding inspiration around you. So while this book has been written specifically for people entering the network marketing industry, I’d argue that any female business owner would benefit from reading the advice of this experienced entrepreneur.

Owning Yourself: Learn How to Create an Income That Continues Long After Your Work is Done


Paula Pritchard Quote


The Compound Effect

I really love this book and it’s simple message – multiply your success one step at a time.

Darren Hardy, the author, is also the founder of Success Magazine, so when he says he has the winning formula for success, then you can be sure he has!

In this book, Darren explains what it takes to be a super-achiever.


The good news is, that each of us can do it too! You don’t need to have any special skills or talents – you just need focus and discipline.

Through a series of stories and insights, Darren explains the importance of having a goal, and how being clear about the direction you want to go in will have a profound impact on the choices you make each day – and how those choices lead to small actions and steps – and how these turn into momentum, the powerful force behind solid success.


If you are serious about building your business – or succeeding in anything – then this book is a must read!

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success


Darren Hardy Quote


The Success Principles

This terrific book really does cover every success principle you’ll find out there, but all summarised in one powerful gem of a book.


Jack Canfield wrote this book a decade ago, and it is still relevant today.


It is is brimming with practical advice that will help you increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realise all your ambitions.


Each of the 64 principles (yes, 64!!!) is accompanied by inspiring stories and case studies, which bring the lessons and strategies to life and help them stay with you for a long time to come.


The principles are not just restricted to your business, but will help you improve every aspect of your life. I have this book on CD and regularly listen to it alone and with my kids, it gives them a wonderful foundation for life!

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Success Principles quote



What is your favourite inspiring read?

I’m a bit of a self-development junkie, so I’ll be sure to share some new book ideas with you soon – but what have you read that’s inspired you recently?


Let me know in the comments below!


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Not Yet A Business Owner?

If you have dreamed of being your own boss and enjoying the perks of leading life on your terms, but have not yet taken your first step, I can help!


I help women like you to build a successful home business that fits their own vision, values and personal situation.


Check out the Your Future page for more details of how I can help – or get in touch. And look out for my Home Starter Success Pack coming out very soon!






  1. Whitney Odolo on 25 July 2017 at 14:54

    They all seem like great books to add to my reading list! Thanks. I really enjoy posts about book recommendations.

    • Melitta Campbell on 25 July 2017 at 19:00

      Thanks Whitney. Let me know what you think of them!

  2. Claire Moores on 25 July 2017 at 15:11

    I’m off to purchase do less get more!!! I’m too busy!! X

    • Melitta Campbell on 25 July 2017 at 18:59

      You’ll love it Claire! All her advice is practical and straight forward too.

  3. Paul on 25 July 2017 at 17:13

    Thanks for sharing the books ?

    The Success Principles and the Compound Effect are 2 very powerful books (if applied of course…?).

    I am less familiar with the other books, but I am sure that they are great if you recommend them. And it’s cool that the selection contains the book of the great and inspired Mahima.

    • Melitta Campbell on 25 July 2017 at 18:51

      Thanks Paul. Your right about the Success Principles and Compound Effect – I listen to them regularly as there is so much great learning in them. Glad you like Mahima’s book too, she really is an inspiration as you say.

  4. Brie Hansen on 25 July 2017 at 19:25

    Can’t wait to add these to my reading list!

    • Melitta Campbell on 25 July 2017 at 21:44

      Thanks Brie and happy reading! Let me know how you find the books : )

  5. Tracey munro on 25 July 2017 at 22:22

    Some great books ! There are a few more of those I need to read. Thank you Melitta x

    • Melitta Campbell on 26 July 2017 at 19:21

      You’re welcome Tracey! x

  6. Dee on 26 July 2017 at 07:15

    Thank you Melitta! They all look really interesting… now which one to start with? 🙂

    • Melitta Campbell on 26 July 2017 at 19:20

      Haha, good question Dee! let me know which one you pick and how you like it!

  7. Joycie on 27 July 2017 at 13:55

    I am looking forward to reading girl code!

    • Melitta Campbell on 24 August 2017 at 08:56

      It’s a good one, enjoy! It’s had some mixed reviews, but I listened to it on Audible and started listening to it again straight away – it’s packed full of great content and inspirational stories!

  8. Lesli on 27 July 2017 at 14:12

    I just purchased the do less get more! I am way overwhelmed with life these days!!! Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Melitta Campbell on 28 July 2017 at 10:07

      Great, I’m sure you’ll find it really helpful Lesli! Let me know how you get on!

  9. Sylvie Anne Hanes on 27 July 2017 at 15:28

    Good suggestions – two of which I hadn’t heard of, so they are going on my to-read list. MY favorite of late, business book is from Lilly Singh – How to be a BAUSE – Love her videos, but this book is above most I have read… a great suggestion! thanks for sharing your favorites.

    • Melitta Campbell on 28 July 2017 at 10:06

      Thanks Sylvie, I haven’t heard of that book – or Lilly Singh – I’ll had it to my next book order!

  10. Courtney on 19 August 2017 at 00:16

    I love the list! There are some fresh new books on this list. Usually, people recommend a few of the same books for this genre. These are books I will genuinely check out in the future!

    • Melitta Campbell on 21 August 2017 at 11:27

      Great, I’m glad to have been able to provide you with fresh inspiration Courtney. And I’d love to know how you like the books once you’ve read them!

  11. Emily | The Multitasking Mom on 11 October 2017 at 15:33

    This is an awesome collection of books. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Melitta Campbell on 11 October 2017 at 19:41

      Thanks Emily!

  12. Tiff|18thAvenueMom on 17 July 2018 at 17:03

    Yes! She Means Business is SO good! Another favorite business book for me is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – a must read! Great list here!

    • Melitta Campbell on 18 July 2018 at 08:54

      Yes, that’s a great one too! Thanks Tiffany.

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