Successful solopreneurs read. But it’s not always convenient to read or haul around real books. Audiobooks can help you keep up and get ahead. The following suggestions are some favorites and contain essential reading, inspirational thoughts, and extra fuel to help you make the most of your solopreneur venture.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This old classic is absolutely must-have material for all solopreneurs. It’s not at all what you might think it is about. If you have put it off, grab a copy. Replay it regularly. Carnegie used this material to create an amazing legacy and empower many investors over decades. It is the foundation of everything you want to accomplish.
For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. Why don’t you be next?
How to Win Friends & Influence People is available in hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audiobook format.

The Virgin Way by Richard Branson

Richard Branson built an airline, has taken on huge companies with varying degrees of success — and owns a private island, and a cell phone company, and a record company, and so many other businesses that he’s amassed billions upon billions of dollars of wealth. How does he do it? Well, in this audiobook, you will learn how.
Branson recalls his childhood and leadership methods, his struggle with dropping out and with dyslexia, and his stunning rise to the top of the business world. You will learn about the importance of your work-family, of fun, and of listening as your career depends on it. You’ll definitely laugh, you might cry, and you will inevitably learn more than you expect.
The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership is available in print (hardcover and paperpack), eBook, MP3 CD, or audiobook format.

How to Write Well by Michael Stover

Most solopreneurs do much of the writing (if not all!) for their business themselves, even if writing is not their primary business. But you make an impression on others with your writing. You, and your company, will be judged by how good, or how bad, your writing is in any form of communication. And you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Michael Stover has distilled over 11 years of writing and editing experience into one easy-to-listen-to work that you will refer to again and again. Learn from his simple lessons and realize a marked improvement in your writing after just the first 30 minutes! Listen and improve your writing skills while you exercise, drive, ride, do chores, or just relax.
How to Write Well is available in print, eBook, or audiobook format.

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Is there any other single word that brings to mind such a high level of success and self-empowerment as the name Oprah? In this audiobook, the inquisitive reporter turned talk show host turned billionaire media mogul tells you pearls of wisdom, strung together as beautifully as any necklace she’s ever donned.
In her monthly column in O Magazine, Oprah shared advice on a variety of personal and professional topics, and now, you can learn the secrets to her wisdom while you drive, wash the dishes, or go about your life hands-free in this audiobook. Besides, can you think of any voice more soothing? Her short stories are categorized by joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power.
What I Know for Sure is available in print (hardcover and paperback), eBook, audiobook, and audio CD format.

Startup Strategy: The Art of The Start for Solopreneurs, Even if You Already Started… by Ric Thompson

Most entrepreneurs and solopreneurs don’t have any formal business training, but they do need to understand the basic components of a business strategy, how to set business goals, and the tools they can use to build they businesses strong. After listening to this audiobook, you will understand the difference between business expectations and business goals and the importance of measuring success for both of them.
Within this audio, you will learn the importance of donning your CEO hat and how to work on your business rather than only working IN your business. With the information you learn, you will position yourself to take the critical steps that will help you ensure that your business is as strong and profitable as possible! Being a solopreneur isn’t easy. But by taking these steps and developing a sound business strategy, you’re ensuring a stronger business and a better life for you and your family.
Startup Strategy: The Art of The Start for Solopreneurs, Even if You Already Started is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook format.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Although first published in 2008, Malcolm Gladwell’s famous book shows that mastery is earned – not born. Outliers are the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. What makes them different? Malcolm’s answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate. If you want to be an outlier yourself, you can achieve it using the suggestions made in Gladwell’s audiobook.
Outliers is available in print (hardcover and paperback), eBook, audiobook, and audio CD format.
What are some of your favorite audiobooks for inspiration, motivation, technical skills, or other help for your solopreneur business? Share your favorite titles and authors in the comments below. Also, tell us your favorite place to listen to audiobooks!

About the Author: Donna Amos

I believe you can achieve anything you truly want to achieve. “It might sound trite, but time and time again, I’ve seen it happen with my clients. They overcome the fear of exposing themselves to the possibility of failure to creating profitable exciting businesses. My clients do great work, and sometimes it only takes someone else believing in them to give them the confidence to step out and take the chance.”