All entrepreneurs need advice. What better way to get helped through your next crisis than by picking the minds of some of today and yesterday’s greatest entrepreneurs. The following 50 books should keep you busy for awhile and teach you more than any college education.
|Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk|
|Drive by Daniel H. Pink|
|Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson|
|Inbound Marketing by Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah and David Meerman Scott|
|Linchpin? Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin|
|Made to Stick by Chip Heath|
|Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell|
|Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson|
|Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson|
|Switch by Chip and Dan Heath|
|The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss|
|Tribes by Seth Godin|
These books will give you step-by-step, practical, guidelines to follow to improve your business.
|Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim|
|Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder|
|Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions, and the Creation of Wealth by Joel Litman and Mark Frigo|
|From Resource Allocation to Strategy by Joseph Bower|
|Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims|
|My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman|
|Predictable Success by Les McKeown|
|Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie|
|Start with Why by Simone Sinek|
|Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon|
|The Big Enough Company: Creating a Business That Works for You by Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams|
|The Four Steps To The Epiphany by Steve Blank|
|The Innovatorâ€™s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen|
|The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes, Jay Conrad Levinson and Michael Gerber|
A “startup” is the modern term for a business that hasn’t quite found it’s business model yet. If this is you, you can learn a lot from these books that detail both the mistakes and success of various startup companies.
|Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad Feld and David Cohen|
|Potemkin, Inc. by Philippe Joly|
|Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company From Concept to Creation in 54 Hours by Marc Nager, Clint Nelsen and Franck Nouyrigat|
|Street Smarts by Norm Brodsky|
|The Lean Startup: How Todayâ€™s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries|
|The Startup Game by William H. Draper|
|The Startup Ownerâ€™s Manual by Steve Blank|
Without a good strategy to make your business known, you’re destined for failure. The following marketing books will help you to think outside the box.
|All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin|
|Permission Marketing by Seth Godin|
|Purple Cow by Seth Godin|
|Smarter, Faster, Cheaper by David Siteman Garland|
|The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Jack Trout|
|The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself by John Jantsch|
|UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging by Scott Stratton|
You might wonder what biographies are doing on a list of books for entrepreneurs. Yes, I know you have very little time, but reading about what other entrepreneurs have done in their businesses can give you great ideas about how to improve your own business.
|Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh|
|Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston|
|Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson|
|Maverick: The Success Story Behind the Worldâ€™s Most Unusual Workplace by Ricardo Semler|
|Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson|
|The Smartest Guys In The Room: The Amazing Rise And Scandalous Fall Of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind|
|The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker|
|What I Really Think: The Business Chapters by Jeff Rusinow|
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