Books can indeed be your best friend, especially when you are thinking of starting up your own business. When it comes to building your first business/startup and becoming an entrepreneur, then reading is as crucial as taking advice from an expert. Books are a great source of inspiration and affordable too when you want to get professional advice on starting up your business.
However, with so many books available in the market, it can become confusing for you to choose the best ones. So, I have mentioned here some of the most informative and inspiring books that’ll help all the new entrepreneurs who are planning to start their own business. Read these most insightful books before you launch your startup and make your entrepreneurial dreams come true.
1. The Art of the Start
Author Guy Kawasaki, through this book, brings his 2 decades of experience to offer an essential guide for anyone who is planning to start something, right from a church group to a multinational corporation. This book will guide you through everything right from raising money to creating a brand to hiring the right people and defining your positioning, and much more. It’s more art than science!
2. Zero to One
If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets’ and this book is just another step towards creating a great future for yourselves. The book presents a new way of thinking about innovation and an optimistic view of the future of progress in America. Through this book, author Peter Thiel, a legendary investor and entrepreneur shows how we can find singular ways to create new inventions and new things.
3. The Founder’s Dilemmas
Some of the questions that new entrepreneurs face today are whether they should do it alone, or bring in investors or co-founders to help build the business. This book is the first to examine the early decision taken by the entrepreneurs that can either make or break their startups and the team. The author reveals the common pitfalls the founders face and how they should avoid them. He highlights and explains how to avoid, anticipate, or recover from disastrous mistakes that can affect your startup badly.
4. Lucky or Smart?
With a witty, conversational voice, and proven methods for success, the author takes you through the lessons and his experiences that he received being an entrepreneur. The book consists of his own mantra that everyone, whether working as a solo startup or for a multinational corporation, should definitely pay heed to: ‘If you want your business to be successful, make sure your work is fundamentally innovative, morally compelling, and philosophically positive.’
5. The Six-Figure Second Income
The book consists of proven methods for building an online income stream. It explains how to grow and start your business even if there are plenty of strikes against you. You don’t need to quit your current job, or be 24 years old, or have piles of money in order to start a successful online business. The book is centered around the principles the authors derived from the tests they ran, the money the spent, and the tools they used. This book will surely give you a no-nonsense, no-hype advice that you need.
6. In the Company of Women
The book tells the story of over 100 influential and exceptional women who describe how they embraced their creative spirit, sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship, and overcame adversity. Comedians and architects, hoteliers and tattoo artists, media titans and ceramicists- all taken together. These profiles truly paint a beautiful picture and tell us that what happens and feels like when we pursue our dreams and passions.
7. Will It Fly?
The book introduces the first intuitive, practical tool for refining and assessing new business ideas. It addresses 44 key elements of success which are reliable, fast, and confidential. Use this book to quickly evaluate multiple options, protect yourself and your investors, and dramatically improve your odds of success. It is indeed a perfect book for advisors, investors, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and corporate planners.
8. The Business Start-Up Kit
The book is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs and covers the basics of running a business. It describes the rewards and risks of purchasing an existing business, running a franchise, or operating a home-based business. It also covers other topics such as hiring employees, finding a good lawyer, applying for a business loan, and creating a marketing plan.
9. Disciplined Entrepreneurship
This book will change the way you think about starting a company. It will show you how to create a successful startup by developing an innovative product. Whether you are a repeat or a first-time entrepreneur, this book gives you the tools you need to make a product people want and improving your odds. It breaks down the necessary processes into a comprehensive, proven, and integrated 24-step framework that any industrious person can apply and learn.
10. Lean Startup
This book is a new approach being adopted across the globe and changing the way new products are launched and companies are built. It relies on rapid scientific experimentation, validated learning, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices and is inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing. It offers entrepreneurs a way to test their vision continuously and adjust and adapt before its too late.
11. The Four
The author, through this book, deconstructs the strategies of the four most influential companies — Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows readers how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs at a scope and speed that others can’t match. He also reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent in your career or business.
Hope this helped! Which of these is your favorite one? Do you know any other amazing books that can help the entrepreneurs and new startups? Let me know them in the comments section below.