There are tons of books out there on business and entrepreneurship. Many of them actually are good, and worth reading.
But when you’re busy starting and/or building a business, your time is limited. So rather than recommend a big list of books (which I might one day), here’s a list of top 10 books I recommend every entrepreneur (especially those just getting started) to read. They’re not organised in any order of preference (or
The Purple Cow by Seth Godin.
The Purple Cow is one of the best books on branding, period. It really encapsulates the importance of standing out. This is one of my all-time favorite business books. Doesn’t matter what stage of business you are in – if you haven’t read this book, you need to.
Freesourcing by Jonathan Yates
If you want to know how to start/run a business with little or no money, this is the book for you. Jonathan does a great job of brainstorming ways you can get creative in the absence of capital – it is bound to spark some ideas. A must read if you’re bootstrapping your idea.
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is currently one
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Another great book on starting & running a business on little to no money. Chris’s book is great for sparking ideas (especially if you are low on funding…).
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
If you’ve ever heard of “lean business”, this is the book that started it all. A bit of a dry read, but it has some great ideas for making your business more
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This one is a classic. Stephen Covey does a great job of simplifying the habits of effective people
Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson
Not many people know about this, but it really is a great book. It covers the different stages of business, and what it takes to grow
The Snowball by Alice Shroeder
Warren Buffet epitomizes entrepreneurship in the 21st century. I can’t think of a better person to learn about business from. So why not learn from his life?
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This is the autobiography of Steve Jobs – love him or hate him, you can learn a lot from him about business. I remember spending hours making notes from this book. I’m sure you’ll find an idea or two…
The Real Deal by James Caan.
You can learn a lot from the life of other entrepreneurs, that’s why three of my ten recommendations are bios. This one is the biography of James Caan, a British-Asian entrepreneur (most known for being in Dragons Den) . It’s an insightful read about an entrepreneur’s journey, a tale of starting from nothing.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or just getting started, you should definitely check these books out.
Do you have any recommendations? What are your favourites?