It would do all entrepreneurs well to read on these business books to help them succeed in their undertakings:
How to Win Friends and Influence People
This book by Dale Carnegie teaches entrepreneurs two critical steps that can pave the way for their business’ success – winning people to your side and influencing them to patronize your products and services instead of your competitors’. Unlike other business books that focus on the “technical” side of starting up a company, How to Win Friends and Influence People dwells on the softer, human side of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs – whether neophytes or veterans in the business world – will definitely learn from the book’s useful tips in managing people, getting them to put their trust in you, leading people without resistance or resentment, and many others.
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Written by Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of two fathers with very different outlook and principles in life. These principal characters of the book represent two kinds of people – the poor dad is the typical man who goes through the good education in a top university then good job in a popular company route but ends up still financially lacking, while the rich dad is the type who finishes in the middle of his class but excels in the street game, thereby making more money than his more “educated” peers.
Rich Dad Poor Dad will equip entrepreneurs with the needed skills in financial management, investments, and business building and operations that are not taught even in Ivy League schools.
Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki Buy from Amazon
Bootstrapping Your Business
In his book, Bootstrapping Your Business, author Greg Gianforte challenges widely-accepted business practices and offers new and innovative techniques to make money. The book pays more attention to sales and profits instead of the usual things that take away an entrepreneur’s precious time. Bootstrapping Your Business also guides an entrepreneur on how he can start a business without putting in much start-up capital or getting huge loans to finance the company’s operations.
This innovative book from Gianforte is a must-read for entrepreneurs who are looking for an alternative way to start and do business without having to adhere to traditional and time-consuming practices.
Author: Greg Gianforte Buy from Amazon
The 4-Hour Work Week
This book written by Tim Ferriss opens your eyes to concepts such as “outsourcing your life”, “low information diet” and “income autopilot” which aim to help entrepreneurs work smart than hard. The book points out that you don’t need to work long hours to climb the career ladder and get a higher-paying job; instead, you just have to know how to simplify things and take control of your life.
The tips contained in the 4-Hour Work Week will be useful particularly to entrepreneurs who frequently travel but still want to have a steady stream of income. It is also a good substitute to the tough “commandments” that go along with a typical 8-hour daily work.
Author: Tim Ferriss Buy from Amazon
This book by Tony Hsieh tackles how making other people happy can add to your own happiness and cash in more money in the process. Delivering Happiness puts a strong emphasis on every entrepreneur’s important role in making his employees satisfied with their work, doing good and responsible business with his partners, and of course, providing the best service to his customers. While most business books touch on the “technical” side, Delivering Happiness zeroes in on the “people” side of running your own company.
Entrepreneurs can surely benefit from Tony Hsieh’s wisdom and apply the same to their own endeavors to deliver and experience more happiness along the way.
Author: Tony Hsieh Buy from Amazon
The Warren Buffett Way
Everyone aspires to become as rich and successful as Warren Buffett, and so learning from him through the book, The Warren Buffett Way, is a good first step to achieving this goal. Using Buffett’s examples, author Robert Hagstrom underscores the things that an entrepreneur should consider before he invests and ventures in a new business. The book also shows the obstacles that one is likely to be faced with, and how to best overcome these without much financial loss.
The Warren Buffett Way will be a sure hit for any entrepreneur, regardless of his experience or the business practices he follows.
Author: Warren Buffet Buy from Amazon
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is more than a self-help book. It is, in fact, an inspirational guide on how to become rich and famous and be at par with the likes of Howard Schultz and his Starbucks superbrand or Debbie Fields and her world famous Mrs. Fields cookies.Napoleon Hill's teachings hold true and continue to benefit not just entrepreneurs, but practically anyone who reads it. Think and Grown Rich provides the 13 principles or laws that every entrepreneur should be mindful of.
The book is of value to anyone who wants to realize his personal achievement. It also gives hope to people that they can realize their dreams of becoming a millionaire someday.
Author: Napoleon Hill Buy from Amazon
The Richest Man in Babylon
In this book, author George Clason compiles anecdotes from the people of ancient Babylon and extracts the valuable lessons on financial management, money-making and personal and professional success.
The Richest Man in Babylon points out that the first step to becoming rich is to know how to wisely acquire (and then grow and keep) money. It also shows that the principles that existed before are, more or less, the same as what modern entrepreneurs would do well to apply in their business ventures.
The book is a rich source of information and advice from a financial guru, and as such will definitely help anyone searching for wise words on life, success and money.
Author: George Clason Buy from Amazon
These two books are likewise good tools that entrepreneurs use to drive their success:
Deals on the Green
Deals on the Green by David Rynecki attempts to establish a correlation between business and golf. It tells of how a good number of business deals have been sealed in the middle of a golf course’s 18 holes.
Author: David Rynecki Buy from Amazon
The E-Myth Revisited
Michael Gerber, in his book, The e-Myth Revisited, displaces established business philosophies and offers groundbreaking principles in business-building and money-making.
Author: Michael Gerber Buy from Amazon