In business, you have to constantly update your knowledge base in able to be successful. One of the best ways to achieve this is by reading. There are enough “how to start a business” books out there. But not all of them will provide you with the things you need to do in today’s fast-paced world.
Looking for good books to read before setting up your own business? Here, I’ve highlighted some of the best entrepreneurship books out there for startups, from expert-recommended titles to some of my favorites.
Peppered with Jason Fried and David Hansson’s own experiences running their software company, this book will remind you that you don’t always need to adhere to traditional business practices to prosper.
Like, is it really necessary to have an office where your employees stay for eight hours regardless if they are productive or not? One study suggests an average office worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes out of the working day.
If you liked this book but found the chapters extremely short, I suggest you read some more titles from Hansson, like It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work and Getting Real, which was his first book with Fried.
Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
When you’re aiming to launch a startup in the creative sector, the greatest weapon you will need is originality. This is highlighted in this book by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace, who gave us an all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation.
In case you’re wondering what it’s like to run a company as big as Pixar’s, or how they do stuff then this book is for you. But more than that, we like the fact that Catmull shared how he dealt with the challenges as one of the founding members of the world’s top animation company.
Will It Fly? How to Know if Your New Business Idea Has Wings…Before You Take the Leap
If you want to know how you can ensure the positive result of your ideas before investing a dime, check out this book by Thomas K. McKnight. It provides the perfect solutions for aspiring entrepreneurs who need some momentum in putting up their best foot forward in the marketplace.
McKnight shared his insights on many aspects of starting a business, right from getting ahead of the market and identifying types of competitors down to using the resources available.
Million Dollar Consulting
Alan Weiss offers a background in consulting, using public speaking and storytelling to teach determined entrepreneurs how to raise capital, attract clients, and create a marketing plan.
Weiss shared some basic decisions coaches, consultants, and businesses need to make from the beginning, such as how to focus on the many dynamic changes in running a business.
Although it focuses on building a successful consulting firm, many of the principles here apply to any kind of business, like how to develop a brand across the market. It also has an updated version containing tips for modern-day startups, like how to avoid social media pitfalls.
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Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business
Toolkit Media Group, a Wolters Kluwer company, seeks to help small business owners navigate the complicated world of marketing. I liked a section where the group talked about managing cash flow and how entrepreneurs could come up with a plan that will help them earn financial backing.
The books delves into the nitty-gritty of planning, marketing, and financing before launching your own enterprise. One of the things that set this one apart from many business books is the fact that it comes with checklists and A to Z forms in starting and running a small business.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Michael E. Gerber’s book focuses on the reasons why many startups fail. In one chapter of this book, Gerber emphasized that some people have the technical skill but do not have the management tools or the margin to improve and grow their venture.
Do you agree that not anyone who start a small business is considered an entrepreneur? Gerber made it clear in this guide, which was voted the number one business book by Inc. 500 CEOs.
The $100 StartUp: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
This is a worthy read for people who are interested in creating companies around something they love to do. We know turning a passion into a paycheck is not as easy as it seems, so Chris Guillebeau made it clear that it matters to combine passion with something that is useful to the world.
Before coming up with this easy-to-use guide, Guillebeau did a crazy amount of research involving 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment.
The author, blogger, and speaker said, “You don’t need outside investment (of any kind), an MBA, or a 65-page business plan that no one will ever read. You just need a product or service, a group of people willing to buy it, and a means of getting paid.”
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too
I like how Gary Vaynerchuk examined every current major social media platform, from Twitter and Facebook to Musical.ly (Now TikTok), to help anyone amplify their personal brand on them.
Here’s how Vaynerchuk explains the importance of building a personal brand, highlighting how many people seem to fail at it: “The biggest mistake I see influencers make is, they’ll work with every brand on the planet. It’s all about how many brands can they work with, not about the audience, not about the readership. I see no longevity there. I’m more focused on building my own brand than other people’s brands.”
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The Power of Habit
This book by Charles Duhigg will help you understand how the right habits are crucial to success. This applies in business, too, because there are a few practices that can help entrepreneurs achieve success.
For anyone starting a business in this day and age, it is important to be informed about the trends. Willow founder and CEO Michael Brunch believes one of the most important traits to have is staying informed.
It can be as simple as spending an hour a day keeping up with news related to your business. It matters to stay up-to-date in your chosen industry to keep your business a step ahead from the competition.
Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
It’s significant how many valuable companies used “blitzscaling” as a strategy in becoming corporate giants and attaining huge market shares— a timely message given by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh in their published work.
Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and a former COO of PayPal, shared some of the techniques businesses can use to grow from zero to a multi-billion dollar market. His course of action is not just useful for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists but also for anyone who want to encourage the growth of startups in their own regions.
These entrepreneurship books can inspire us, reinforce our confidence, and can guide us in today’s risky business world. But at the end of the day, what will truly help us thrive in our ventures is how we applied the information we learned from these books.
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