The road less traveled might be more interesting, but it certainly comes with a whole lot of uncertainty. It helps to get advice from the experts. We love these five books by women who have had incredible success in their fields. Which one fits your situation the best? Grab it and get reading!

If you need motivation to go from idea to action…

51nJMiL9OqLThe Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

If you’re tired of hearing people tell you to “find balance” and “be well-rounded,” you will appreciate Danielle’s message. This self-help book for the modern age is not about entrepreneurship per se, but it will certainly help give you the motivation you need to slog through the more challenging days of your startup career.

If your corner office is ten steps from your kitchen…

51uMtoPLnqL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson

Carrie Wilkerson presents five business models that work, and helps you understand which one is best for you. Her personal experience is also likely to resonate well with women. She started her own hugely successful business without an MBA, startup capital, or time – she had two little ones at home!

If you’re scared to walk away from your corporate paycheck…

51JEQPjDZRLEscape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim

Think of all the things that could be holding you back. What would my friends and family say? Where would I get health insurance? Can I really afford to take this risk? Slim addresses each roadblock and helps you weigh your options. If you decide to take the leap and say goodbye to your cubicle, she has tips for that too. Motivational but also practical, Slim’s book reads more like guidebook than self-help.

If you’re looking for a no-frills, old-fashioned reference guide…

41jYgugKbiLStartup from the Ground Up by Cynthia Kocialski

Kocialski, a seasoned business vet, has fifteen years and 24 start-ups under her belt. In this book, you’ll glean clear and practical business advice for every stage of starting your own business. Her recommendations are frequently illustrated by real-world examples using well-known companies. Grab your highlighter, because this read is equivalent to a semester in business school.

If your startup is technology-focused…

71uSmEwAPELFounders at Work by Jessica Livingston

A collection of interviews with tech start-up greats like Steve Wozniak (Apple) and and Caterina Fake (Flickr), this book is as close as most of us will ever get to personal advice from massively successful technology entrepreneurs. Learn how they got their ideas, convinced others to back them, and dealt with the inevitable setbacks.