It seems like everywhere you look there are new books on how to be an entrepreneur or how to get your business started. So how can you tell what’s a good book and what’s not? When thinking about the types of books to read to improve your entrepreneurial skills, consider first what type of entrepreneurs inspire you. First, ask yourself a few questions:
Are you looking for people who have made a lot of money only, or those who, perhaps, have made careers or businesses doing things they love regardless of how much they make? Do you want to learn how to become an entrepreneur or how to start a business in a particular area? Are you already an entrepreneur but need continued guidance or inspiration?
Whatever the reason or need, these five books should help guide you on your entrepreneurial path and inspire you to find other books that can help as well.
- Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg explores how these two business partners were able to launch a business from cocktail napkin to full-fledged startup in just 24 hours. This is an inspirational book that shows you don’t need deep pockets or lots of connections to get a business quickly.
- All In by Bill Green is full of lessons from Green’s own 40 year entrepreneurial journey. This is basically Green’s 101 lessons on being an entrepreneur. Often humorous, the book is for anyone who wants to start a business but doesn’t know where to start or who has a great idea but has no idea what to do with it.
- Social Selling by Tim Hughes and Matt Reynolds is a good overview of how to use social media to sell your stuff. It’s one thing to hear that you should use social media, but it’s quite another to get real, how-to advice that will actually help. Social media can seem easy but it’s really a tricky business and these authors can help you navigate the challenges.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, who is none other than the author of the wildly popular Eat, Pray, Love, is a roadmap to helping you reach your creativity and breakthrough with it. Learn how to be brave in your creative process and then seek your entrepreneurial success with it.
- Reset by Ellen Pao guides the entrepreneur through gender bias and how to break free of it. Pao is the former CEO of Reddit and the co-founder of Project Include. In the book, Pao talks about her legal struggle with a powerful Venture Capital firm in Silicon Valley. While she eventually lost the suit, she did bring sexism to the forefront in Silicon Valley.
These books should help propel you forward in your entrepreneurship journey and give you the inspiration you need to not just read more, but get started.