Whether you are starting a business or have a business in need of a rebirth good advice from experts can improve your chances of success.
Good advice, however, doesn’t come cheap, nor should it for that matter. If you, like most aspiring entrepreneurs or small business owners and are on a limited budget paying for that advice can be a bit of a problem.
Fortunately we CAN get quality advice from experts who can help us build our new or evolving businesses. The great thing about these experts is that you don’t have to set an appointment, be on their schedule, or pay hourly fees; instead they can work around you. These experts come to your house, your business, your car, or frankly pretty much wherever you feel is convenient.
These experts in the form of books, whether traditional or audio books, give you the opportunity to get expert advice, when you want it, how you want it, and at an amazingly low price.
What top 10 books would I recommend for you if you are starting a business, thinking about starting a business, or attempting to jump start your business? Here are my top 10 books for entrepreneurs with an explanation as to why I believe they are important to you and your business.
1. The Magic of Thinking Big. David J. Schwarz. When I started my first business ( a LONG time ago) this was the first book my mentor gave me to read. One of the most influential books on motivation and goal setting it comes highly recommended by such famous authors as Tim Ferriss of The 4-hour Workweek. Make this the FIRST book you read.
2. The Lean Startup. Eric Ries. If you are just starting a business this book can save you a ton of money and TIME! Dave Ries gives us the lean startup principles of build, measure, and learn with a MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT which allows new entrepreneurs to find out what customers REALLY want.
3. How to Make Millions with your Ideas. Dan S. Kennedy. Dan Kennedy has not only made millions but taught thousands of entrepreneurs how to make millions. While somewhat dated, this book is a valuable tool to help new entrepreneurs focus in on proven methods to turn ideas into riches.
4. The E-Myth Revisited. Michael E. Gerber. This book is without-a-doubt a MUST READ for ANY business owner. In this book you learn why being an expert at a business can actually be harmful to the business. His step-by-step analysis of the life of a small business will be invaluable to the aspiring business owner.
5. The $100 Startup. Chris Guillebeau. The $100 Startup was JUST published and has already hit 5-star status on Amazon. Chris gives us a simple six-step process to begin selling something online, NOW. If you’re familiar with Tim Ferris’ work and are looking for your muse this is a book to help you find it!
6. Likeable Social Media. Dave Kerpen. If you only purchase one book about how to use social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc.; by this one. If you have any doubts whether Dave Kerpen knows what he’s writing about just read the Introduction of the book (free in your local book store or at Amazon.com). Mr. Kerpen’s understanding of how social media plays into business is spot on and any entrepreneur will benefit from this book.
7. The 4-hour Work Week. Tim Ferriss. If you’ve been reading my blog recently you’ll know that this top 10 book has been a life-changing book for me. In my opinion Tim Ferriss completely revolutionizes the ideas of how to own and operate a business. Another early read for new and/or aspiring business owners.
8. One Simple Idea. Stephen Key. Stephen Key, like Dan S. Kennedy has not only made millions of dollars he’s also helped thousand earn millions as well. How do you take an idea from thought to actual product or service Stephen Key shows you how. As one reviewer put it, “An essential guide to get paid for your ideas!”
9. Ready Fire Aim. Michael Masterson. What’s the first priority in business? Read this top 10 book and find out. Designed to help those who are or want to be business owners, Michael Masterson’s book cuts to the chase on what a business owner needs to go from zero to millions of dollars.
10. Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson. What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Steve Jobs? One of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Walter Isaacson takes the readers behind the scenes to see how Steve went from a garage to building the most valuable company in the world. Love him or hate him you can learn a lot about how to build a business from Steve Jobs.
By-the-way, this list is NOT a prioritized list of top 10 books, BUT as I mentioned I would recommend reading the Magic of Thinking Big first.
Hopefully the explanations in my top 10 books for entrepreneurs will help you decide what to read and in what order. I’ve included hyperlinks to each book so you can read the book descriptions, editorial reviews, publisher’s notes, and customer reviews to help you make better decisions. It’s my hope that by reading these top 10 books and going to these “experts” you can build strong profitable businesses.
Keith Shafer has a passion for helping others become successful at business and life. He firmly believes that our future depends on the concepts of free enterprise, business ownership, and individual liberty. Keith believes that with every right comes a responsibility. A retired officer with over 20 years of active military service, he has been in the education industry for over twenty years. Mr. Shafer has owned a number of businesses, been involved in multi-level marketing, network marketing, as well as direct sales marketing. He knows the grind of a 9-5 existence on the 40-year plan and is keen to help others break out of their chains as well. Keith is an accomplished business owner, real estate entrepreneur and stock investor. Married to the same wonderful woman for nearly 37 years, he and his wife have two grown boys and were just blessed with their first grandchild