As entrepreneurs, we make our passion our paycheck. Since there is no set path for success, we have to carve out the path every single day. Therefore, learning from and supporting each other is critical. I’ve learned so much from fellow entrepreneurs by reading their business books.
5 Business Books All Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need to Read
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
You can start a business without having skills or seed money. This book teaches you how, hence the title, The $100 Startup. The book contains stories from fifty people who grew their businesses to be worth $50,000+ and only started with $100 or less. Along the way, they cultivate personal passions and earn money. Guillebeau details the steps these entrepreneurs took to set up their businesses and walks you through their mistakes, so you know what you avoid should you decide you set up your enterprise.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The Lean Startup is all about the importance of strategy when it comes to developing a successful startup. Along the same lines of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau, The Lean Startup asserts that you don’t need endless investors as long as you have a well thought-out plan and execute it, while still keeping the company lean throughout the process. Ries will guide you through his exact strategy and teach you the ins and outs of what to avoid so you can formulate the best plan for your budding business.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This book has become infamous in entrepreneurial enlightenment. If you consider yourself an entrepreneur and you haven’t read this book, bookmark this article, buy the book right now, read it, and then come back and finish the rest of this article. Hill provides the foundations of goal setting and manifesting, which are fundamental in entrepreneurism.
Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki
Kawasaki has compiled his best advice from years of business learnings into this incredible book. He talks about everything from customer service to marketing to the art of schmoozing and everything you could ever want to know about getting a job in Silicon Valley. You will learn something new on every single page.
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Allen writes about how everything in our life comes from our thoughts: our experiences, our feelings, our future. This book is concise and easy to read and is a great reminder to stay positive and focused on good health and overall prosperity.
What book has changed your outlook on business? Tweet me @lorenridinger.