If you are in the early stages of entrepreneurship, you need good information on starting and running a successful business. This is normally a difficult time for anyone aspiring to start their own enterprise. For one, most of your ideas are probably muddled up together and not yet fully formed, which may even make you question the whole basis of the idea. If this describes you, you have no need to worry. We have all been there. It is called the mind of a creative. In no time, your ideas will begin to take shape and you will be able to implement them in your business. There are a number of good books out there that will help you structure your thoughts and make sure you have a workable business plan. Having said that, it is advisable to invest in a few key books on entrepreneurship that will guide you along your journey to becoming a business-owner. The great thing about investing in books is that you can always refer to them at a later stage- even after your business has taken shape. Without further ado, let’s get into the top 5 book we recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs.
RICH DAD POOR DAD: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is an international best seller that teaches on the importance of financial literacy, independence and wealth creating through investing in assets, real estates and starting and owning businesses. This book comes highly recommended, and is a must read for any aspiring business owner. It also has some great reviews on Amazon:
“While reading the first part of his book I could not put it down. The advice ‘Rich Dad’ gave was simple yet effective and was instantly relatable. Whatever your situation in life, I believe you could have learned or certainly reinforced something. That said, as the book went on, there was a much greater focus on a ‘high risk’ investment strategy than I was expecting. Okay, some of you may say I didn’t fully grasp what was being said (and I am sure he would say the same too), however I felt I was reading a book that suggested that I should be willing to lose money but only provided examples of exceptional wins or people not taking the risk. Nevertheless, this is a great book. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a genuine desire to better themselves financially.”- verified amazon user.
“An enlightening read which makes you realise how much logic we fail to place into our everyday monetary lives. A great insight to the thin line between financial success within our own minds and self-made parameters. highly recommend” – verified amazon user.
Rich Dad Poor Dad retails on Amazon for £5.69
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits of highly effective people is a business and self-help book that teaches developing habits that enhance productivity. The book centres around seven key habits which are: Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think win-win, Seek first to understand and then to be understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the saw. An additional habit- the 8th habit is also included in the book. The Times has listed the book as one of “the 25 most influential Business Management Books”. This book comes highly recommended, and has some great reviews on Amazon:
“What a book. If you have not read this book, then i highly recommend to do so. I have read so many books in my life and this is definitely on my top 5 books of all time. This will totally change your life. The way this book is written, no one should struggle to understand it. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. You will achieve 100 times more knowledge reading this book than the price you will be paying. I wish I had read this book sooner”- verified amazon user
“This is not just a reading book for today but a reference script of how I aspire to be, Love it !!!!!” – verified amazon user
The 7 Habits of highly effective people retails on Amazon for £10.55.
Key Person of Influence by Daniel Priestley
Key Person of Influence teaches you how to become a respected person of influence within your sector. From finance to beauty, it applies to everyone that wants to move up the professional or career ladder and become well-sought after for your skills and valuable knowledge. The book centres around a five-step strategy- Pitch, Publish, Product, Profile and Partnership for fast-tracking your way to the inner circle of your industry. The core belief is that your ability to succeed depends on your ability to influence people. This book comes highly recommended, and has some great reviews on Amazon:
“it seems to be a fashion these days for marketers to promote the idea of being an authority or being seen as an expert as a way of winning business. Daniel Priestley’s Key Person of Influence was the first and, in my opinion, the best. I bought it when it was first published and it continues to inspire me. It gives five practical strategies to stand out from the rest of your industry. They’re not easy (nothing in business is!) but they are worth the effort because they work. Daniel’s writing style is easy to read and motivates through stories of his own experience and others. Buy this book. You will enjoy it and you’ll learn lots”- verified Amazon user
“Hands down one of the best business books I have ever read. It helped me understand what it means to run your own business and how to unpack the value we all have to establish ourselves as known and trusted suppliers in our industries. I always wanted to be hidden in my business but with all the new challenges we face I knew that had to change. This book showed me how to become known in my industry”- verified Amazon user
Key Person of Influence retails on Amazon for £9.99
The $100 Dollar Start-Up by Chris Guillebeau
The $100 Dollar Start-Up teaches how to monetize your passion and turn it into a business that rewards you with greater freedom (time to do the things you love) and fulfilment. It is centred around the belief that you don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. The only thing you need is product or service that you love doing, people willing to pay for it, and a way to get paid. The author identifies 1,500 individuals who have built businesses with profits of $50,000 or more from investment capitals as small as ($100 or less). An early vision of the book is sub-titled Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, while the more recent version is Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More. The $100 Dollar Start-up is a New York Times Bestseller. This book comes highly recommended, and has some great reviews on Amazon:
“I bought this book to inspire my other half and ended up reading it myself. It is very motivational, and although very few of the examples were $100 startups, it does show you how you can get off the ground with very little. I would recommend it to anyone with an entrepreneurial mind or as a gift. However, it is not a prescriptive book that shows you step-by-step how to build a $100 startup”- verified Amazon user
“This is my first ever type of “StartUp” book — read!! And I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
I personally found Chris Guillebeau’s — “The $100 Startup” a very thrilling and inspirational read!! And I would highly recommend this book to ALL who are looking for deep inspiration — or even to awaken their passion to start-up a business they would love!!”- verified amazon user
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living retails on Amazon for
5. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Value Proposition Design is a book that comes highly recommended by a number of business mentors. It gives great insight on how to create value, get closer to customers, and avoid wasting time with ideas that won’t work. It is premised on a business model tool that is embraced by start-ups and large corporations such as MasterCard, 3M, Coca Cola, GE, Fujitsu, LEGO and Colgate-Palmolive. “Value Proposition Design” is considered a proven methodology for success’. It is a book every aspiring entrepreneur in the early stages of a developing a business plan should read. It also has a few good recommendations on Amazon:
“not a business person so gave me a few tools to start to work out what i needed to do”- verified amazon user
“Good, sound, but basic advice in plain English with plenty of pictures. As a starter, this book gives you the necessary cover and depth but should not be relied upon in isolation”- verified amazon user
Value Proposition Design retails on Amazon for £5.99