You have a dream to build your own business.
You want to turn that dream into reality, but how do you get started?
Instead of learning from mistakes along the way, follow the business experts who have already launched dozens of startups. Many of the best have already written books to start a business. Give yourself the best shot you can by taking inspiration from the most successful entrepreneurs out there…
Books To Start A Business: 3 Top Picks
The Silicon Valley Model
Art Of The Start remains every bit as relevant today as when Guy Kawasaki released it in 2004. Recently updated and expanded to the “2.0” edition, Guy’s sage advice will help you walk the path from inspiration to execution, whether you want to open a flower shop or a cutting-edge technical firm.
Even better, Guy’s infectiously optimistic and action-oriented personality come right through the text, and keep you motivated during those times when the going gets tough. The former Chief Evangelist for Apple knows how to take a vision and turn into a living, breathing reality.
Make sure to follow Guy on Twitter (@GuyKawasaki) to keep up with his latest insights on starting a business, building your social media presence, and whatever else catches his varied interests.
Bootstrapping Your Way To The Top
If you need to grow your business with only the bare minimum of investment capital, Daymond John’s bestselling book The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage is right for you.
One of the stars of “Shark Tank”, John built the massive FUBU fashion empire from basically nothing. In this book he shares the surprising secret behind “The Power of Broke”. Instead of looking at a meager bank account as an obstacle to be overcome or an excuse for failure, John stresses how those limited resources forced him to narrow his focus and make sure that every aspect of his operation was as lean, mean, and effective as possible.
There’s nothing like the power of hunger to turn an entrepreneur into a true Shark, right?
You can find Daymond on Twitter (@TheSharkDaymond), where he shares a steady feed of inspirational, actionable intelligence on how to work your way to success one step at a time.
The Timeless Classic
Do you own a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change? If not, you need to correct that mistake immediately! Stephen R. Covey’s masterpiece is a guidebook for success whether you want to start a business, lead a large organization or make radical transformations in your own life.
There’s a reason this classic has sold over 25 million copies. Covey’s “7 Habits” can apply to big strategic problems or day-to-day issues that pop up. You will want to keep this book handy so you can check it on a regular basis. No matter what situation you run into, this book will show you how to move forward.
Do you have your own suggestions on books to start a business? Comment below and tell us which book made the greatest impact on you!