My Top Five Books To Help You Dominate With Your Online Business


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I’m not a bookworm by any stretch of the imagination. You’re much more likely to find me with my head in a laptop that the latest bestseller. So when it comes to recommending business books, believe me when I say these really are the best of the best. Most books (business or otherwise) lose my attention after the first few chapters, but these five paperbacks are all amazing. You should definitely check them out!

WordPress For Beginners by Reeta Krishna

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If the technical jargon of setting up your WordPress blog or website makes you break out in a cold sweat, then you need this book! In fact I love it so much, we gave a copy to every student that came to The Blogcademy workshop this year! This paperback is a complete guide to WordPress that lays out in detail the exact steps needed to build a full-fledged website.

The book is divided into three sections – the essentials (from picking a domain name to web hosting and getting started), optimisation (SEO, back-end necessities and security) and design (adding graphics, changing the look of your site and fonts) – which break everything down into easy bite-sized steps.

Be Awesome at Online Business by Paul Jarvis

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I am a huge fan of Paul Jarvis’ no bullshit writing style, hence why I’m recommending not one, but TWO of his awesome self-published books in this line up.

If you have any online business (which basically means any business these days) then you simply have to read this one. It teaches you how to create and foster an engaged audience, and drive sales for your products or services. There are no get-rich-quick schemes or shady conversion tactics here, just proven advice about what it takes to build a sustainable and honest business.

Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis

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Part memoir, part business advice, Everything I Know is Paul’s a no-rules guide for launching and sustaining your own business. Forget the hippy mumbo-jumbo and new-age clichés, this book is packed full of strategic and design advice from one of the most talented and honest web designers around. He’s worked with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs such as Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, Alexandra Franzen, Linda Sivertsen and Kris Carr. He’s learned a thing or two along the way, all of which he shares within these pages.

Instead of offering one-size-fits-all advice, Paul provides an infinitely flexible template for choosing your own path. This book provides practical ideas and questions to help you conquer fear, overcome inertia, embrace vulnerability, validate your plans and launch even the most outlandish projects on the smallest of budgets.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoroso


I’m sure most of you have heard of, if not already read, Sophia Amoruso’a New York Times Bestseller. Yet I couldn’t have a list of my favourite business books without including it. While this one is more of a autobiography than a strategic advice book, it’s a good read none-the-less and is sure to leave you fired up and ready to take over the world!

The thing I love most about #GIRLBOSS is the overall message it leaves us with. The book proves that being successful isn’t about how well you did in school or how much money you have to get you started. It tells us that success is really about trusting your instincts, following your gut, and knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon


When I interviewed Kleon on my blog in 2012, I asked him about the unique concept behind the book. He replied, “Actually, nothing in the book is that original — it’s formed through bits and pieces of wisdom I’ve filched here and there from my favorite artists. I’ve always been a student of collage, and collage is just kind of the way I see all art — you take bits and pieces from here and there and you form them together to make something new. The ancient Greeks and Romans did it — they copied their heroes and used their work to come up with their own thing. When it came time to write Steal, I noticed that lots of people had written about remix culture, but not many people had written about what those of us who don’t consider ourselves remix artists could learn from it. So I used that as my starting point.”

And really that’s all you need to know about this book. It’s a quick read but it’s packed full of easily-digestible, instantly actionable advice about discovering who you are, nurturing your own journey and unleashing the creative within.

What are your favourite business books? I’ve recently been recommended Eat That Frog! and Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online. If they’re any good I may well report back in a few months time!


  1. Hi Kat,

    Afraid I didn’t enjoy Eat That Frog – while I loved the concept, for me it was an example of spinning a whole book out of one small idea. (So maybe it’s a good example of expanding on/marketing something quite simple!)

    My top recommendation is the Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters – known more as a sports psychiatrist to some of the UK’s Olympic athletes.

    It’s brilliant for goal setting, motivation (or rather, if you read the book, commitment!) and getting the right team around you.

    Not really strictly a business book but it has been a total game changer for me, I’ve still not finished it and dip in and out all the time as you can pick and mix the bits you think will benefit the most. Probably better to read in one hit but it’s very thinky!

    Hope you enjoy it if you do decide to give it a whirl, would be interested to hear what you think.


  2. Oooo thanks Kat. The Paul Jarvis books are on my amazon wish list… Might need to bump them up after christmas. I’ve heard really good things.

    I’m also reading Maximize Your Potential by the folks at 99U (Behance) although I’m struggling to fit more time in to read at the moment!


  3. Paul Jarvis is the boss. Love his writing.

    My 5 would be:

    The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Collins Business Essentials) by Robert B. Cialdini

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday

    The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane

  4. I’ve just finished reading The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma and I found it GAME CHANGING. It’s super practical and although it’s less “business” orientated – it’s just got amazing practical tips for living a better life! Love this list! Thanks Kat!

  5. Woshinsk

    Regarding “WordPress For Beginners”…

    WordPress “as is” won’t build an online business.

    Plugins and themes are often not the real problem for WordPress users. Despite the dazzling display of WordPress features, the reality for most (non-tech) people who want to create a web business with WordPress is that they need to adhere to an easy-to-follow, all-in-one, proven, ethical webbusiness-building system (not a get rich quick scheme) to get (1) a significant amount of traffic and get (2) targeted traffic (example of such a system: WealthPrinciples dot net). Otherwise you’ll end up having (and building) only a WordPress webSITE but not a webBUSINESS.

  6. Love your list Kat.

    Mine would have to include *The Good Creative* – another brilliant Paul Jarvis Title.

    *Thrive* by Arianna Huffington

    *Business for Authors* Joanna Penn

    And almost anything by Seth Godin.

  7. A friend recommended Thrive by Arianna Huffington and I’m reading it at the moment and it is like it is talking to my soul! Not that far in but enjoying it so far!


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