15 Must Read Business Books For Entrepreneurs

January 15, 2014 0 Comments

I love books that try to rock the business world. These authors are rewriting the rules of business. Many have spent a lifetime gaining a wealth of knowledge, and learning the lessons in their books the hard way so you don't have to. I love to read; and own -- not one, but two-- Kindles so I'm never without a book. I've amassed hundreds of business books; and these fifteen are my favorite suggestions for entrepreneurs.

    Jason Fried & David H Hansson
    Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. A collection of short, yet precise chapters that present counter intuitive ideas with straightforward language. Some wisdom: ignore the competition, meetings are toxic, and asap is poison.
  2. Made To Stick
    Chip Heath & Dan Heath
    Why some ideas thrive and others die. Here you'll learn to make ideas stickier by applying simple to follow, well explained principles and more.
  3. Poke The Box
    Seth Godin
    I ADORE every book Seth Godin has every written. His book are the only ones I own a hard copy and Kindle. A manifesto by marketing guru Seth Godin. It's a call to action about the initiative you're taking, in your job, or in your life. This is the ultimate kick in the pants to shake up your life.
  4. Relevance
    Tim Manners
    After years studying remarkable companies, Tim describes how creating, developing products and services that matter to people is a powerful solution to business marketing problems. Learn how products that solve real problems and improve the quality of lives are relevant.
  5. The Tipping Point
    Malcolm Gladwell
    The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, and spreads like wildfire. Gladwell explores and illuminates the tipping point phenomenon.
  6. Good To Great
    Jim Collins
    This book addresses a single question: can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? This book is the answer.
  7. Screw Business As Usual
    Richard Branson
    Business advice from the man who founded and grew Virgin Group to a 21 billion dollar company. Branson suggests you should turn traditional business strategies on their head.
  8. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper
    David Garland
    You'll learn innovative ways to market, promote, and improve your business by way of practical advice as opposed to fluffy theory. This is a smart and fresh book that's easy to digest and put to use immediately.
  9. UnMarketing
    Scott Stratten
    People don't like getting cold calls and spam. This book will show you how to unlearn the old marketing methods, and teach you to build relationships with your customers and make yourself the logical answer to their needs.
  10. The 4-Hour Workweek
    Timothy Ferriss
    Workaholism. Our culture celebrates the idea of the workaholic. We hear about people burning the midnight oil. They pull all- nighters and sleep at the office. Tim Ferriss presents a step-by-step blueprint on how to make more money while working less.
  11. Delivering Happiness
    Tony Hsieh
    The visionary CEO of Zappos explains how his obsession with corporate culture and customer service lead to unprecedented success.
  12. Worth Every Penny
    Sarah Petty & Erin Verbeck
    Too many entrepreneurs discount their products to compete with the big guys, but this book argues there's a better way... because your product is 'worth every penny.'
  13. The $100 Startup
    Chris Guillebeau
    As it turns out, you don’t have to be a trust-fund baby, on the hook for a business loan, or just plain old lucky to start your very own enterprise. Guillebeau gives rousing examples of somewhat-accidental entrepreneurs making success out of strife, opportunity, and circumstances—mostly by turning a passion or hobby into something that can be profitable, and always by starting for less than most of us invested in lattes in the past year.
  14. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
    Ben Horowitz
    While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.
  15. The Fire Starter Sessions
    Danielle LaPorte
    If you’ve been waiting for the go-ahead to pursue your next project, your red-hot permission slip just got delivered. LaPorte doles out a series of beautifully designed sessions chock-full of motivated goodness.

  Comment below with your favorite must read business books for entrepreneurs.

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