10 Books every entrepreneur needs to read

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 are they…).

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The Purple Cow by Seth Godin

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.

Get your copy here: The Purple Cow

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Freesourcing by Jonathan Yates

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.

Get your copy here: Freesourcing

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is currently one of my favorite writers. He’s methodical, does his research, and thinks out-of-the-box. This book can revolutionize the way you run your business!

Get your copy here: The 4-Hour Work Week

The $100 Startup

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…). 

Get your copy here: The $100 Startup

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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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 efficient.

Get your copy here: The Lean Startup

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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 so that you can adopt them yourself. A great read not just for entrepreneurs, but for everyone.

Get your copy here: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

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 at each stage. This book encapsulated the concept of growth-hacking before it became fashionable! Useful read, especially when are ready to grow your business.

Get your copy here: Ready, Fire, Aim

The Snowball
The Snowball by Alice Shroeder

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? 

Get your copy here: The Snowball

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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…

Get your copy here: Steve Jobs

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The Real Deal by James Caan

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. 

Get your copy here: The Real Deal

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? 

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