Are you looking to grow in your knowledge of financial basics, improving your money mindset, or building a foundation for long-lasting wealth? Then this month’s Business and Budget Book Review post is going to be a great place to come for inspiration!

Must-Read Books for anyone looking to learn about budgeting, business basics, and investing

Winter is the perfect time of the year to settle in with a fluffy blanket, a big mug of something warm (Check out my favorite hot drinks here), and a pile of books to check off of your want-to-read list. This year I have a goal of reading at least 4-5 books in a particular genre or niche and sharing my reviews here with you so you can add some new titles to the ever-growing list of your own!

Book Review Focus: Money Mindset and Wealth Buidling

January is a month of new beginnings and new goals and with that in mind, I started the year with a focus on business, finance, budgeting, and getting my financial house in order for 2018. I know that one of my own goals for 2018 is building some foundation work towards growing in long-lasting wealth. I hope this list on Business and Budgeting Book Reviews gives you some ideas for some great reads and financial inspiration of your own!

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Must Read Books for Your Wealth-Building Arsenal!

Best book for business owners:

Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves

I have been loving this book! While I’m not all the way through (it has loads of useful prompts, checklists, and guides to go through), I have already gotten so much valuable insight, direction, and guidance from Christy and her no-nonsense, yet approachable guide to starting, refining, or scaling up your own small business. If you have ever considered opening your own business (no matter how small), or are looking for clarity in your existing business, this book will be an invaluable resource for you.

I highly recommend purchasing the hard-back version of this book as you will greatly benefit from making notes directly in the book, but if you go with the e-book, keep a pen and paper close! I love this book so much I ordered another copy and gave it to my business partner as a birthday gift!

best book for budgeting and Paying off debt:

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness and the  The Total Money Makeover Workbook 

This book and its corresponding workbook have been transforming the financial future for thousands of people for decades. If you have any debt or struggle with saving money and making a budget that actually works for you and your family, the investment in this book will be worth its weight in gold.

Dave Ramsey has built an empire teaching on his “envelope system”, “the debt-snowball”, and “not living like everybody else right now, so that later you don’t have to live like everyone else!” If any of these terms or phrases are foreign to you, I highly recommend checking out this book. If you need more accountability, there is even a really great program that you can join and go through a video series with Dave leading you through every step in the path to financial freedom!

Best book for money mindset

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not

This cult-classic book on the principles and mindset behind true wealth, and how to achieve it, is a classic for a reason. Robert shares his insights on being raised by two dads (one is the father of a friend, one his own), and how their contrasting beliefs shaped his own beliefs around money.

Robert is not afraid to contradict commonly money truths, and in doing so, opens up an entirely new way of building long-lasting wealth. This book inspires, educates, and forces you to think about your own views of financial success in an entirely new light. I plan on implementing several of his points in my own life, and encourage you to do the same! “The rich don’t work for money, they make money work for them” ~Richard Kiyosaki

Best book for biblical money principles:

Wealth Building Secrets from the Bible: The Believer’s Journey to a Faithful, Generous, and Financially Free Life

As a believer I’ve discovered that I have some money beliefs that go against the grain of modern financial wisdom. For example, I’m sure you’ve heard the adage “Pay yourself first”. While I strongly believe in the principles behind that statement, I’m known for “preaching” on the importance of tithing and “paying” God first. In the book of Micah the Lord tells us we can “Test me in this…” and he will fill our storehouses to over-flowing. Now that’s my kind of investment plan!

If you are interested in learning more about what God has to tell us about building real, lasting wealth (and no, it’s not bad to want wealth!) then you need to add this book to your library! Jonathan Seraci is a pastor who dives into God’s word to bring us everlasting truths on biblical wealth building secrets.

Best book for Business/Legal guidance:

The Gasp: How to Seize That “A-Ha!” Moment and Turn It Into a Winning Business (A Proud Lawyer Guide)

This book was generously gifted to me by the author, Michale Prywes, and Wowza, did I get a lot out of this easy-to-read guide on the basics of turning your “Gasp” idea into a real-life business. The book is a unique blend of inspiration, how-to, and legal guidance all rolled into one.

The Gasp left me motivated and educated on getting started with my own “Aha” idea, as well as, helping me learn the legal side of getting started correctly. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in starting a business of your own!

Best Book on “hot” investing Tips:

Spinoff Investing Simplified: Six Steps to Beating Market Averages

If you are versed in the field of stock investing (I’m a fledgling student at this point in the game), then I highly recommend taking a bit to read Greggory Miller’s book on Spinoff Investments. In the book Greggory guides you through what a spinoff investment is, how to find them, and why you should consider adding them to your portfolio. He also gives you real stats on recent spinoffs so you can see how they compare to the market averages. While I am not fully ready to break out of my own in stock investing yet, I came away from this book educated and aware of new opportunities for when my time comes!

Still on the list…

While January was a very productive month for reading (thanks to the ridiculously cold temps!), there are still several money/investing/finance books that are still on my list. Check them out before you go and if you have any recommendations of your own, leave them in the comments. I love to hear about new books to add to my Must-Read List!

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