Experts Tell Us the Best Business Books For Entrepreneurs

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This article showcases our top picks for the Business Books For Entrepreneurs. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

99 Questions to ask BEFORE starting a business in the US by James Chittenden

This product was recommended by James Chittenden from One Click Advisor

Asking the right questions is the most valuable skill an entrepreneur can learn. Asking the right questions will lead you closer to the right answers to help you build the business you dream of. Written by an Award-winning Immigration Attorney (Renata Castro, Esq.) and an Acclaimed Business Consultant (James Chittenden), 99 questions to ask before starting a business in the U.S.’ readers will design the business, and life, they dream of, by answering pillar-building questions that are essential to the design and viability of their business.

Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times by Allen Klein

This product was recommended by Allen Klein from Humor in the Workplace

This is not your typical business book. It won’t tell you how to increase your profits or how to hire the right employee. But it will help you stay positive on days when your business is getting you down. Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with succinct ideas to help you rise above your business worries in these difficult times, as well as improve all aspects of your life Some of the categories covered include: change, choices, hope, love, and staying strong, among many others. Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better. In Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, he offers a lifetime of positive change.

The Art of War by Steven Pressfield

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from HolistaPet

This is a great book for those who can’t seem to take the first step against fighting resistance and reaching their dreams and aspirations in life.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from HolistaPet

This book teaches how to break free from the cycle of paying bills and waiting for your paycheck. It’s about how essential financial literacy is for being successful.

Lucky Or Smart? by Bo Peabody

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from HolistaPet

This book is about how the author achieved being a multimillionaire. He gave tips on how to maneuver the industry and shared lessons he learned.

The Tax Bomb in Your Retirement Accounts by Josh Scandlen

This product was recommended by Sharon Dylan from Management Help LLC

As an entrepreneur, I have always been curious about IRAs and taxes so I am going to share a book that has expanded my mind about the topic and taught me how to use it profitably. The book by Josh Scandien entitled The Tax Bomb In Your Retirement Accounts: How The Roth IRA Helps You Avoid It (Scandlen Sustainable Wealth Series Book 2) is really an eye-opener for me. It has expanded my mind on taxes and how I can benefit from them. Taxes can be very confusing, especially when taking out money from your IRA. Hence, it is very important to correctly strategize your taxes, loans, and other taxable payments in order to maximize your IRA. Only when an individual learns to strategize taxes financially can they gain something out of it, otherwise, they will just become milking cows on paying tons of taxes. This book will help you answer your burning questions about taxes but help you understand everything about it too. Aside from that, it will help you with your tax strategy game in order to win in life.

Personal Branding by Isaac Mashman

This product was recommended by Isaac Mashman from Mashman Ventures

The modern day entrepreneur should be spending at least some of their time each day in building their personal brand. Many people have misconceptions about what personal branding is and fail to realize the importance and ROI that comes from scaling it. This is why I wrote my book Personal Branding: A Manifesto on Fame and Influence. It is a short read, with emphasis on philosophies and strategies that extend past social media and what works today. When a business person establishes their authority and credibility, opportunities begin to come to them, it gets easier to sell, and there is a deeper connection with the market.

80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

This product was recommended by Liz Froment from LizFroment

One of the most impactful business lessons I’ve learned is from this book — the concept of breaking down your tasks and assigning a dollar value to each. Most of us focus way too much on $10 tasks. All of that can (and should) be outsourced. Instead, spend your time and energy on the $1,000 and $10,000 tasks, often the 20% of actions that make you 80% of your money.

The AdWeek Copywriting Handbook by Joseph Sugarman

This product was recommended by Liz Froment from LizFroment

I don’t care what your business is, writing, programming, SaaS. You need to know how to communicate and being able to do that well is one of the best ways to grow your business. Yes, it matters for selling your product or service to customers, but writing well (and persuasively) can work in your favor in a variety of ways, from driving traffic through social media to networking and promotion.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

This product was recommended by Amy Weiher from Weiher Creative

Angela takes a hard look at deep-seeded notions that we all tend to believe, whether consciously or unconsciously. Particular to entrepreneurs, she explores the belief that many people hold that hard work will trump talent, when the opposite is actually more true if we really analyze our beliefs. Duckworth has a way of bringing these belief narratives to light, whether true or untrue, and helps you to see the world in an entirely different way, which will help you operate in your business in an entirely different way.

Start Here by Clay Clark

This product was recommended by Geoff Rottmayer from Athletic Mission Baseball Academy

A must have resource for any business owner. In business you don’t know what you don’t know and this book has so many, ‘oh that will save time;, i never thought of it that way’, why didn’t anyone tell me this sooner? A simple step by step guide on how to build a profitable replicable business.

$100 Million Offers by Alex Hormozi

This product was recommended by Geoff Rottmayer from Athletic Mission Baseball Academy

When you talk about a book that changes everything about your business, this book is it. 100M Offers is exclusively about creating an amazing offer and getting paid for the value you create. THis is the book that will differentiate your business from your competitors in the eyes of your customers while charging more money.

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

This product was recommended by Geoff Rottmayer from Athletic Mission Baseball Academy

This is one of those books that will change the way you think about running your business and your life. The system is great and will help you avoid many of the traps and pitfalls that are lurking around business owners. It’s an interesting and different way to approach finances for your business. You don’t have to be an accountant or have advanced math skills to follow it. If more entrepreneurs followed this system we would see a shift in the percentage of new businesses that shut their doors their first year.

SYSTEMology by David Jenyns

This product was recommended by Geoff Rottmayer from Athletic Mission Baseball Academy

This is a step by step guide to implementing systems into your business in a systematic way. Reader is taken through 7 key steps to implement systems into your business so it runs smoothly and efficiently.

Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki

This product was recommended by Haley Hamilton Berger from Haley Hamilton Art, LLC

One of my favorite books as a creative entrepreneur, Art of the Start 2.0 walks readers though each step in building a successful business, from branding strategies, to crowdfunding, to cloud computing. Whether you’re looking to build a multi-million dollar company, or start a new side hustle, this book will help you turn your idea into a thriving business.

Lean Startup by Eric Reis

This product was recommended by Muhammad Saigol from July

While this book is a favorite of many entrepreneurs, I think the lessons it teaches can’t be emphasized enough. Starting a business is a non-linear path, with an endless array of paths to choose from – some of which will lead to success, others to failure. Reis imparts to the reader the importance of the test and learn approach: find ways to quickly try out your ideas before going full throttle. Lean Startup is a compass that helps you navigate the fog of uncertainty surrounding the start of a new business.

From Single to Scale by Michael Killen

This product was recommended by Stella Scott from EasyPaydayLoan

From Single to Scale takes you through the entire process of building a scalable business from the seemingly impossible place of being just one person. Having worked for a large global corporation as a leader, Michael Killen helps you learn how to beat that feast or famine cycle of work. Also, as the developing digital marketing strategist for small to medium businesses, the author helps you optimize your growth and prioritize meeting to exceeding your business goals.

A Power of Your Own by Nikki Groom

This product was recommended by Stella Scott from EasyPaydayLoan

Weaving an empowering and inspiring message, A power of Your Own is an excellent book for women entrepreneurs and anyone who has ever felt underestimated. This book will help you reconnect with your inner power, live on purpose, and do more work that matters through nine refreshingly real and relatable chapters. The book also features real stories from reputable entrepreneurs, thus boosting your entrepreneurial confidence.

From 6 to 7 Figures by Austin Netzley

This product was recommended by Pam Wiselogel from Work From Home Adviser

In his book “From 6 to 7 Figures”, Austin Netzley outlines a step-by-step plan to financial freedom. He starts by helping you understand your current financial situation and then provides actionable advice on how to improve it. He covers topics like the 5 pillars of a seven-figure strategy, the creation of an operational machine, and the growth levers needed to scale. This isn’t your typical high-level financial freedom book. It has real-life actionable methods for getting a business owner out of the weeds of being IN the business and provides a fast track to focus ON your company. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, this is the book for you.

Get Rich Click by Marc Ostrofsky

This product was recommended by Rohan Kadam from Biking Know How

Marc is amazing! This book literally has everything one needs to know about e-Commerce and making money online. The book has many successful case studies regarding eBay’s success, dropshipping, amazon marketplace, and much more. It’s one of those ‘eternal’ books that you keep referring to, as it is packed with terrific resources, action checklists, and superlative strategies that every online marketer should employ. A must-read for anyone who wants to promote anything on the web.

Becoming Trader Joe by Patty Civalleri

This product was recommended by Mary Hunderson from Themeple

Becoming Trader Joe is one of the best business books for entrepreneurs because Patty Civalleri takes her own personal experiences as an entrepreneur and offers tangible advice that anyone can follow. She doesn’t shy away from sharing the successes and failures she’s encountered throughout her career, and this makes the book more relatable and helpful. Additionally, Civalleri provides actionable steps entrepreneurs can take to improve their businesses. Overall, Becoming Trader Joe is an inspiring and informative read for anyone who wants to start or grow their own business.

Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

This product was recommended by Oscar Rodriguez from OssieRodriguez

Entrepreneurs are always looking for new ways to get ahead. They’re always trying to find that next big opportunity, and they’re always looking for ways to move their businesses forward. Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson is a great book for entrepreneurs because it provides a framework for how to identify and seize opportunities. The book also offers advice on how to assess risks and make decisions quickly. For entrepreneurs, these are essential skills. After all, opportunities don’t always come along often, and when they do, you need to be able to act quickly and decisively. Ready, Fire, Aim can help you do just that.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

This product was recommended by Hamza Iqbal from Healthwire

The author of this book is Cal Newport, an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University. This book helps entrepreneurs to focus on long-term projects and gives them valuable suggestions about how to avoid distractions. Some business books do not contain practical suggestions but it is full of practical pieces of advice for creative entrepreneurs. You would get advice like that “If you don’t produce, you would not thrive-no matter how skilled or talented you are”.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This product was recommended by Alex Estrada from GiveHimThis

Think and Grow Rich is validation for entrepreneurs with aspirations to be successful. Napoleon Hill interviewed many of the most successful people of his time. He gathered data from his interviews and determined the most common traits that are shared by the most successful individuals in history. In short, believe in yourself, work hard and never give up. If you’re an entrepreneur with high aspirations for success, this book is a great source of inspiration that fuels the desire and motivation to succeed.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney

This product was recommended by Hamza Iqbal from Healthwire

This book was written by three authors: Chris McChesney, Sean Coney, and Jim Huling. The 4 Disciplines of Execution is a must for those entrepreneurs who radically want to change their business. The authors also explained that lead measures are far better than lag measures. The authors wrote, “If you are not keeping score, you are just practicing”.

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries

This product was recommended by Hamza Iqbal from Healthwire

Al Ries and Jack Trout, the co-authors, argued your business would not thrive if you are not good at marketing. They believe that an airplane will not leave the ground unless the pilot follows the laws of physics. Similarly, a business would not expand if there is no marketing. A quotation that attracts me the most is “Marketing is a battle of perceptions, not products”.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

This product was recommended by Kyle Shirley from Sol Vista Roofing

As a former corporate executive and now construction entrepreneur, I read a lot of business books. The one that I would recommend above others is The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. The reason I think this book is so important for entrepreneurs is it doesn’t exaggerate the simplicity of implementing new business or leadership strategies. It’s more about learning how to build mental toughness through the inevitable struggles in business building, which is a universal skill all entrepreneurs need to master.

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