The Books Every New Business Startup Owner Needs To Read
If you are thinking about starting your own business and looking for sage advice we know there are a million books on entrepreneurship but we’ve sifted through the stacks and compiled the top 10 books we think every budding entrepreneur should read.
1. Growing a Business by Paul Hawken
Brian Hamilton, the co-founder of leading financial analysis company Sageworks, says that he still refers to Growing a Business. Like growing a plant, the book shows founders how to develop businesses steadily. He advises against growing a business too quickly or borrowing a lot of money in the beginning: wise words.
2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Even though this book was written in 1937, it is still relevant for understanding what outstanding business people do differently from the rest of us. The author interviews hundreds of successful individuals and identifies common behaviors and traits amongst them.
3. The Ascent Of Money: A Financial History Of The World by Niall Ferguson
If you have never taken a macroeconomic course, this could be a worthy supplement. It explains the evolution of the financial system around the world. This will be crucial in grasping the external elements that will either ensure your business’s boom or bust.
4. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
As an entrepreneur, you will have to excel at working with people. Not only will you need to lead a team, you will also need to convince others (customers, investors, etc) to believe in your business. This is a mandatory guide for anyone that needs to influence people to advance in their career – oh right, that’s basically everyone.
5. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
For anyone wanting to figure out how to make something go viral, this pillar of marketing is a must-read.
6. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
As we at Fiverr® know, new entrepreneurs are often creative individuals. This book literally helps you “steal like an artist.” It shows you how to find ideas you want to implement and re-appropriate them as your own.
7. The Four Steps To The Epiphany by Steve Blank
This book actually inspired the whole lean startup movement. It says you need to get your product or service to the market as fast as possible. As they say, done is better than perfect.
8. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
This classic touts the principles of spending little, being comfortable with uncertainty, and pivoting quickly when direction must inevitably change course.
9. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Rather than give you a how-to guide for starting a new business, Rework asks entrepreneurs to answer the most pivotal question first: why is what you’re doing so important? It helps you find that niche and develop a service or product that will serve this niche.
10. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
If you’ve ever been discouraged thinking that first-time business owners must have access to capital or be wealthy already, this book will shatter those misconceptions. This is a particularly interesting because it follows entrepreneurs with under $100, who have launched profitable businesses.