Starting a business can turn into an overwhelming journey depending on the type of business that you want to start and the knowledge needed to get it up and running.
The road to success will not be easy, but it’s definitely achievable. What you know when starting and running a business can be the motivating factor of your success, and what better place to get that knowledge than in a book.
Here’s a list of 7 of the best books for starting a business, in no particular order.
#1 The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau is an NY Times best selling author and blogger who created a case study where he identified 1,500 entrepreneurs that built businesses that earned $50,000 or more, in many cases with investments as little as $100. From those 1,500 people, he focused on 50 of the cases that were the most interesting to him, in which he came to the conclusion that nearly all of the entrepreneurs did not possess any special skills and were still able to monetize their passions with their businesses, allowing them create financial freedom and fulfillment.
From the lessons learned observing these entrepreneurs, Guillebeau creates a simple guide for people looking to turn their passion into profit. This book offers great value for a person looking to create a living out of doing what you love.
#2 Lucky Or Smart?: Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur by Bo Peabody
Bo Peabody is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Internet executive who has founded several offline and online businesses including Tripod.com which is one of the earliest dot-coms in 1992. In his book, Lucky Or Smart, Peabody provides insight on the methods that worked for him when achieving success as an entrepreneur.
He zones in on the qualities you should possess that will help you maximize and capitalize on the opportunities that you will be lucky enough to come across and smart enough to create.
#3 The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, investor, author and podcaster who provides a step-by-step process on your approach in reinventing yourself and the way that you work and create a business.
In his book, the pre-seed money advisor to Uber, teaches how he went from $40,000 a year, working 80 hours a week, to $40,000 a month, working only 4 hours a week.
# 4 Will It Fly by Thomas K. Mcknight
Will It Fly helps you analyze and assess the probability that your business idea is bound to succeed, and the necessary measures to take to help that it does.
It goes over 44 key elements of success; knowledge gained from hundreds of business launches. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor or advisor, Mcknight helps you fine tune your intuitive and analytical abilities to help ensure that your business takes off.
#5 The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur, blogger and author who wrote ‘The Lean Start Up’, following extensive documentation throughout his journey of adapting and applying the principles and practices that helped many startups succeed, after joining the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins as a venture advisor.
According to Wikipedia, the lean startup methodology originates from a combination of ideas such as lean manufacturing, which seeks to increase value-creating practices and eliminates wasteful practices. He basically lets you know what you shouldn’t waste your time doing when starting a business.
This books offers entrepreneurs of companies of any size a tested approach in creating and running a successful startup, minus the counter-intuitive practices that can delay the opportunity of you reaching your goals.
# 6 The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
Michael E. Gerber is an author and the founder of a business skills training company out of Carlsbad, California. In this revised edition of his original best selling book ‘The E-Myth’, The E-Myth Revisited gets into the myths that a lot of people typically have of what it will be like to successfully run a business.
It may be easy for a person to assume the likeliness of how they will succeed after starting a business, and to help with what is likely to be an inaccurate projection, Gerber gives practical insight and guidance on what it will really be like to run a business from the beginning stage throughout.
#7 The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson
Carrie Wilkerson is a speaker, award winning author and business consultant who is well versed in helping entrepreneurs start businesses that help gain the financial freedom and flexibility that many people look to obtain as a business owner.
Her Barefoot Executive books helps you put into perspective the type of business that you should start and how to navigate that process based on your experience, talent and skills.
I hope that you find success in one or more of these books throughout your journey of starting your business. Get it up and running!