When you really boil it down, there are two sides to the financial equation, income and expenses.

You can cut back, get creative, and get super intentional about how you spend your money. But at the end of the day sometimes the thing you need to work on the most is your income.

But before I continue, I want to be clear that more money won’t alone solve your financial problems. If you currently overspend, you will continue to overspend when you make more money. If you have no idea how to manage your numbers, you will continue to mismanage your funds with more money.

But more dollars in the account never hurts.

So today I want to share with you 4 books that have inspired me, expanded my thinking and taught me to dream big, which resulted in earning more money, being more intentional and diversifying my income.

What book is best for you might be different depending on your lifestyle and needs. So I have categorized the books to help you decide which book is right for you.

 

1. Best book for inspiration: You Are A Badass At Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

Perfect for: Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Sales Professionals or anyone who needs to kick their hustle up a notch. If your actions have a direct impact on your income, you will benefit from reading this book.

We all need a kick in the pants every now and again. That is what this book is, a kick in the pants. But the best part? It’s funny and entertaining. I don’t think I have to tell you that is a rarity in money books!

 

2. Best book for underearning: Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve by Barbara Stanny

Perfect for: You know you should be making more money, whether you are a business owner or an employee, but aren’t exactly sure what to do next. This book is perfect for people wanting to work on their relationship with money and how they are earning it.

This book teaches you how to create wealth from the outside (negotiations, price increases, etc.) and from the inside (overcoming money blocks, understanding your money story, etc.). This book functions like a workbook and you should stop and do each exercise. They are so valuable and will give you both the practical and mindset shifts you need to create a big change in your life.

 

3. Best book for thinking outside the box: Beautiful Money: A Holistic Approach to Increasing Your Net Worth by Leanne Jacobs

Perfect for: You understand that money impacts every area of your life, and you need to look at your life as a whole to make sustainable financial changes.

This book is so close to my heart because it embodies the ideas of intentional living that I so deeply value. It focuses on teaching you how to build holistic wealth, which includes your health, well-being, and lifestyle. But the author also dives into more outside of the box ways to create wealth to support your intentional lifestyle, including starting businesses and investing in real estate, which makes it an interesting, well-rounded read.

 

4. Best book for leadership development: Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr

Perfect for: Anyone, specifically women, looking to up-level their mindset, skillset and how they show up in the world.

This book covers everything from silencing your inner critic to improving your communication style. As the title suggests, this book is all about playing bigger in the world. Generally, when you play bigger you will also make more money. Whether that’s because you attract more clients or a big promotion you have been eyeing. Not to mention, you will feel more fulfilled and aligned with the unique qualities that allow you to stand out as a leader.

 

I love all of these books for different reasons. They all live on my shelf within an arms reach of my desk so I can reference them often. I think it is so important to be constantly learning about topics we want to get better at. And my favorite way to do that is books.

Now let me leave you with a book lovers budget tip: These books are not new releases and you will likely find them at your local library. Get all the books there, and see what one resonates with you the most. Then buy that book, so your shelf is only occupied by the books that really have an impact on you.

Happy reading!