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With job security slowly becoming a thing of the past, many of us are looking to create our own business, especially online, or at least opportunities to earn money. In this post I share with you my top 10 business books for entrepreneurs.
Wether you are staring a business or you’ve already started one and are looking to get to the next level, you can find a valuable book to read in this list.
No matter where you’re currently at, learning from others and their experience is an essential step in starting and running a successful business or online side hustle.
- Business Books for Entrepreneurs
- 1. The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
- 2. Management Mess to Leadership Success by Scott Jeffrey Miller
- 3. What You Do is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz
- 4. How to Day Trade for a Living by Andrew Aziz
- 5. Top Home-Based Job & Business Ideas for 2020 by Gundi Gabrielle
- 6. Passive Income Freedom by Gundi Gabrielle
- 7. Starting a Business QuickStart Guide by Ken Colwell, PhD, MBA
- 8. The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Publishing
- 9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- 10. Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David with Greg Dinkin
Business Books for Entrepreneurs
1. The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
The 1-Page Plan is a book I recently finished reading, and I strongly recommend you give it a read as well.
Allan Dib is a marketing strategist who has worked with many clients to help them hone down their marketing plan in a concise and clear way. He uses the 1-page marketing plan to keep it focused and practical, and this technique has helped many. This is the exact same process Allan teaches in this book.
What I also liked about this book is how Allan discusses this marketing process in the context of small-budget business. He explains why following big business/corporation strategies is a mistake and what to do instead.
If you are planning to start a business, this is a great book to start with; and if you’ve already started your business, I recommend this book for refocusing and gaining clarity in your marketing plan.
2. Management Mess to Leadership Success by Scott Jeffrey Miller
Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow promises to help you do what the title says.
The author, Scott Jeffrey Miller, was demoted from his first leadership position after only three weeks due to a messy workplace situation – but don’t get scared away by this – it’s an opportunity in disguise.
This book draws on Miller’s own experiences to overcome these challenges and become a more effective leader.
In a world and industry where everyone is boasting about their success, this book is a refreshing take on business and leadership in the real world.
With transparency and 30 actionable challenges, you will improve your leadership skills and learn how to lead difficult conversations and celebrate success in a meaningful and productive way.
3. What You Do is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz
What You Do is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture is based on psychological factors in building an effective workplace.
It takes ancient principles of leadership and gives examples of how to apply them in the modern world. Horowitz also goes on to teach you how to explore your business’ core values.
One of the things that captivate me in this book is how Horowitz explores culture and leadership models through real-life, world examples from existing cultures.
To the effect of the title itself, this book dives in deep, from ancient to modern cultures, to illustrate that while principles and branding plans may be necessary, what truly defines a business or brand is what you do.
4. How to Day Trade for a Living by Andrew Aziz
As you may have guessed by the title, How to Day Trade for a Living: A Beginner’s Guide to Trading Tools and Tactics, Money Management, Discipline and Trading Psychology, is a guide to day trading for beginners (well, mostly beginners).
The strategies covered in this book include ABCD Pattern Trading and Bull Flag Momentum Trading. Using these strategies, Aziz explains how to find the stock in play for trade, what indicators the author uses on his charts and his stop loss.
I’ve been looking into day trading lately and find this book to be a great starter book for beginners. But, if you are a little more advanced in trading, starting from chapter 7 onwards, Aziz goes into more advanced tactics for higher profits.
5. Top Home-Based Job & Business Ideas for 2020 by Gundi Gabrielle
Top Home-Based Job & Business Ideas for 2020 introduces you to legitimate home-based jobs and business opportunities to help pay the bills now or build a long-term career.
This book is part of a 4-part series and is divided into two sections: The first section focuses on finding local jobs to do online, based on experience, skill and education level. The second section groups work opportunities by your passions and interests.
Even though we are at the end of 2020, I wouldn’t dismiss this book, as there are many online job opportunities mentioned that are timeless.
6. Passive Income Freedom by Gundi Gabrielle
If there is anything we’ve learned this year is that having a side hustle is a sound financial strategy. But better than a side hustle is having passive income streams.
Passive Income Freedom, also by Gundi Gabrielle, show you real ways to create passive income that aren’t “get rich quick schemes for lazy people.”
7. Starting a Business QuickStart Guide by Ken Colwell, PhD, MBA
Starting a Business QuickStart Guide is a guide for starting out at square one, from scratch.
In this book, Colwell walks you through the process of starting and building a business from the ground up – from idea into a business.
Already have a business? No problem! Colwell also explores how better to understand your customers and clients for business growth.
In addition to an excellent business guide, you will also get lifetime access to online resources and business support, and better yet, you’ll be giving back to the community – getting this book helps support the AdoptAClassroom’s mission to improve equity in K-12 education.
8. The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Publishing
The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained is another guide to starting your own business and does precisely as the title says – turns complex business concepts and ideas into easy-to-digest action steps.
Another great feature of this book, which makes it stand out, is the flow charts and creative typography used throughout the book, making it so much easier to understand and implement.
This book is perfect for entrepreneurs who are more visual in their learning style with great visuals and real-world success cases.
9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit is, as you may have guessed, not a guide to starting a business, but building healthy and productive habits in all aspects of your life, including business.
Charles Duhigg explores cue, reward and routine and how to use this brain loop to build healthy, long-lasting habits that will improve all aspects of life and business.
I particularly like the basic premises of this book – that, to the core, our actions come from established habits. But while this may not be such a secret nowadays, it’s interesting how Duhigg uses this to our advantage.
10. Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David with Greg Dinkin
Your Next Five Moves is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and there is a very good reason for that, indeed.
Taking a skill from the best chess grandmasters – to know your next five moves – this book brings you clarity, strategy, growth, skill and insight to apply directly to the business and entrepreneurial world.
This is an excellent read for any entrepreneur who wants to take the big picture into the next action steps to success.
No matter your needs, budget, or stage of life and business you’re in, there’s a book here to help you on your business journey.
As with all the resources I share on this blog, I suggest you do a quick self-assessment to see which resource – or, in this case, which book – you should read.
What are you currently working on or want to improve?
Are you hoping to start your business but don’t know where to start? Or have you already started a business and want to grow it?
Those are two very different stages in business. For the first, you want to read Starting a Business QuickStart Guide or The Business Book; but you might want to look into Your Next Five Moves or The 1-Page Marketing Plan for the latter.
Are you taking on a leadership role or want to improve your leadership skills? Then Scott Miller’s book would be a good choice for you right now.
Of course, if you’re like me and are now trying to get into day trading, you should absolutely read Andrew Aziz’ book.
Which business book do you recommend? Let’s see it in the comments.
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