I’ve handpicked the Top 8 books which I would recommend when it comes to money management/career.
“Get addicted to bettering yourself.”
If you are like me and want convenience then I download books straight to my kindle for a discounted price compared to hardback. Tip: Kindle now does an offer which is free for 30 days where you can download straight to your phone through Amazon. (Remember to cancel subscription if you don’t wish to continue using it). But, if you would like to build a collection to put on your mahogany bookshelf one day then I would recommend buying a used copy from Amazon as you can pick them up for as little as £3 inc P+P. There’s nothing better that seeing a parcel on your doormat after a long day at work.
1.Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich – Lois P.Frankel
I first read this book after graduating from University and realised that I hadn’t been on the earth long enough to have made all 75 mistakes – luckily, you probably haven’t either! So, rather than looking back on the mistakes I could start to make, I decided to not make them in the first place. This is a great book just before bed or to read on a quick lunch break as each one is only a page or two long. The same author has also published ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office’ which focuses on building a successful career and adopting some ruthless habits along the way.
2. Mrs Moneypenny’s Financial Advice for Independent Women
You might remember a programme on Channel 4 called ‘Super Scrimpers’ which was hosted by Mrs Moneypenny herself – Heather McGregor. In this book, she goes into great detail on how to earn more, setting financial goals, securing a mortgage, dealing with debt and being prepared for when things don’t go to plan. She keeps it interesting and includes tonnes of links to sites which are really useful. Even better, it’s from a UK perspective having lived in London herself so it’s super relevant.
3. My Fight To The Top – Michelle Mone
If you want a kick up the back side then this book will do just that. I was lucky enough to meet Michelle at an event in October and she’s as real as it gets – the main message throughout her book is that it doesn’t matter where you come from as long as you have the desire and drive to succeed you can achieve whatever you want. An inspiring read that I found hard to put down as it tells a graphic but honest account of the highs and lows of her upbringing, the Ultimo business and the collapse of her marriage. This is one woman who is not afraid to earn money because she knows what it was like to have none.
4. Love is not enough – Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn is a well-established writer for The Financial Times and Money Week and has put together this book to highlight that women shouldn’t be relying on Prince Charming to ride in on a horse and take care of all money matters. I must admit, I skimmed the sections on Marriage, Children and Divorce as this isn’t something that means anything to me right now but I was still curious. Merryn is a fantastic writer and provides useful checklists as well as money-saving tips. This book will probably make you view your relationship in a different way and if you’re not already coupled then your next Tinder date will have their work cut out.
5. Lean in – Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ draws on her own experiences of ways that women can help themselves in their careers. Particularly relevant if you work for a large firm as the book highlights the importance of putting yourself forward and getting noticed. Good book to read if you want to learn more about just how hot the topic of equality in the workplace is right now. She hones in on the juicy facts like only 18 Fortune 500 CEOs are women or of 197 states only 20% of them are lead by women! She believes small changes from each of us will lead to a change universally. Something which I think is the only way we will make a lasting change. The business language in this book will ease you in to the ‘lingo’ of money.
6 .Rich Bitch – Nicole Lapin
A refreshing and entertaining perspective on what is usually a masculine and complex topic – money! Nicole features regularly on CNN and Bloomberg so is very Americanised but the message remains the same. Although I didn’t like being referred to as a bitch throughout (but you never know, you might like that) this book demonstrates the type of chats you should be having with a close girl-friend over coffee as it’s written in a conversational tone for easy reading.
7. Strong Woman – Karren Brady
Unlike Michelle Mone, Karren doesn’t focus as much on her upbringing in this book but does do a sterling job at revealing the challenges of being a 23 year old in a Man’s world like Birmingham City FC. The main message that shines through is her ability to take the bull by it’s horns and just go for it! She’s made a few mistakes but none as big as the amount of successes. What I like most about Karren is that she may or may not have known what she was talking about as a 23 year old but I can make a guess that she didn’t know as much as she does now but she manages to convince. She’s steely and it’s what got her where she is today.
8. Heels of Steel – Vanessa Vallely
Vanessa is a woman after my own heart. She grew up on an estate in London with a dream of making it big in the Corporate world and started out at 15 without any qualifications but with a lot of determination. She went on to reach COO in IT for a leading bank. She made her mark in a very male dominated industry – Finance and Technology and she did it well! She has since left to start up We Are The City (WATC) which I am a member of. I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa at one of her networking events earlier this year in One Under Lime bar, London. She’s passionate about creating opportunities for young women and has created a Rising Star Award. Applications open now!