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I’m a bit late to the party with the She Means Business book. I’ve been hearing a lot about it in recent months and decided to see what the fuss is about. It’s so popular, though, that I had to wait a couple of weeks to get it out from the library. I was number 15 on the hold list!
Now that I’ve gotten my hands on the book, I’ve written a review explaining why I love it.
Who wrote it?
She Means Business was written by Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association. I didn’t know much about her before reading the book except that I had come across her Facebook ads and had downloaded a gorgeous business growth workbook. I kind of forgot about it until I heard more about the book.
Now I feel like I know Carrie. The book is written in a warm, conversational tone, and it doesn’t feel like she’s boasting about her success in any way. She goes into detail about her career path from starting her own online phone unlocking business to the success of her membership site. She talks a lot about how her dad supported her all the way, and he is obviously where she gets her entrepreneurial spirit from. A lot of entrepreneurs have to struggle on without the full support of family or friends, so it was lovely to read that her parents are so supportive. (Not me! My family and friends are very supportive too.)
What’s the She Means Business book about?
The book is broken up into three parts. The first part goes into getting into the right mindset for following your dreams, overcoming resistance, and giving yourself permission to dream about your goals for your life and business. There’s a section with action points at the end of each chapter. I think you need to read this book twice. Once as an overview and the second time to really go through the action points and figure out which points will help you to achieve your own dreams.
My biggest take aways came from the second part of the book. It’s full of stories about successful female entrepreneurs as well as Carrie’s own story. It makes you think about what you stand for, how to figure out who your audience is, and how to engage with them.
The book outlines the growth workbook I mentioned above. It’s a list of so many useful questions you need to ask yourself before you map out your growth game plan. I’m going to fill out that workbook now that I’ve read the whole book!
I got one big take away from part three. She mentions being overwhelmed with her to do list of everything she needed to get done. She contacted her friend, and he showed her a strategy called “mini days” to reduce overwhelm. They wrote down absolutely everything she had to do and worked out how long each thing should take. Once they had an idea of the whole process, he then advised breaking her day into one-hour to two-hour chunks of time and focusing on one task rather than letting one task take over the whole day and spending no time on other important tasks. This strategy is something that could really help me in overcoming overwhelm and moving forward.
Part three also goes into the importance of finding a mentor. Something that I’m seriously considering as I grow my proofreading and copyediting business.
The last chapter is the 28-day She Means Business Challenge which brings together all the action points in the book. She includes a link for you to download this from her website as a very pretty printable. I always feel I relate better to an action list if it’s pretty, don’t you?
This book is jam-packed with useful checklists and inspirational quotes. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?
– Erin Hanson
Have you read the book yet? What did you think?