5 Great Books for Budding Entrepreneurs

Javi Fondevila

Starting your entrepreneurial life can be scary and is often very difficult and having a heads up about certain things you may face is crucial.

Thanks to the huge range of high-quality entrepreneur books available on the market, this is something that’s very easy to do. Deciding which entrepreneur books to read, though, is key to finding the right information out.

As the individual person at the helm of your new business, it is important that you read up and do your research so that you are prepared for the road ahead that will often be bumpy and full of uncertainty.

5 Great Entrepreneur Books for You to Read

Out of the thousands that are available in the world, these 5 books are some of the best. It doesn’t matter whether you are starting up on Shopify or PrestaShop selling a physical product or are opening a brick-and-mortar café, the information taught in these books is invaluable.

1. The $100 Startup

Authored by Chris Guillebeau, this book looks at starting a business when you don’t have a huge amount of capital and are living from one paycheck to the other. According to him, all you need is $100 to start a thriving business, if that.

The book covers lots of case studies on business owners who started their company with pennies and then went on to earn a substantial amount of money. If you are looking to turn your little hobby into a fully-fledged idea, this book will show you how you can leverage creativity, tools, and an entrepreneurial spirit when you don’t have a lot of cash.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek

Written by Timothy Ferriss, the catchy title of this book, one of the best-selling entrepreneur books, is likely to catch your eye. After all, who wouldn’t want to work for 4 hours in a week!?

This book teaches budding entrepreneurs how they can harness their working mindset and lifestyle to be a lot more productive when they do get down to work. Doing this frees up a lot more time that can be spent on family, friends, and pursuing personal hobbies and interests.

When you are running your own business, it can be hard to maintain work-life balance but by reading The 4-Hour Workweek, you will learn valuable lessons on how to do just that.

3. The Fire Starter Sessions

A book by Danielle LaPorte, The Fire Starter Sessions consists of 16 “sessions” designed to motivate you in the pursuit of your goal—entrepreneurship. What’s great is that the author manages to do this without being preachy and fill the book up with useless motivational attempts.

Danielle’s personal tales are easy to relate to, so much in fact that you might forget that by the end of it you will feel as if you know her personally. Sort of a cross between marketing and self-help, The Fire Starter Sessions is one of the most essential entrepreneur books and a must-read for anybody trying to find their way in the complicated world of business.

4. Enchantment

By Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment covers a complicated process—the difference between buying something and feeling good and buying something and having buyers’ remorse—and calls it enchantment, hence the title.

“There are two kinds of people and organizations in the world: eaters and bakers. Eaters want a bigger slice of an existing pie; bakers want to make a bigger pie.” 

This is just one of many entrepreneurial gems. In a world where it is easy to think that everything new and exciting has already been done, it is this statement that makes you realize that there’s no use setting limits on your business from the beginning.

5. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

Written by Oprah’s life coach, Martha Beck, this book will speak directly to your inner entrepreneur. There are so many spiritual and self-help elements within the book that will speak to your soul directly.

Even if you’re not the happy-go-lucky “hippie” type the book is still worth reading—you may find yourself surprised by just how practical most of the advice given is, and that it is directly applicable to you and your current situation.

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