If you’re thinking of starting your own business, chances are you won’t be able to do it alone. If you’ve never attempted to start a business before, or if you’ve done so and failed, it’s a good approach to read and learn as much as possible on the subject. There is so much involved with owning a running a business. It’s an in-depth process and a serious undertaking. The more you know, the better prepared and more likely you’ll be to succeed in your ventures. Before you begin, here are some must-read books on starting your own business.
Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up Book You’ll Ever Need
By Rieva Lesonsky and the Staff of Entrepreneur Magazine
This is one of the most comprehensive books on starting your own business. The title is fairly accurate – it is one of the only books you truly need to read. Entrepreneur Magazine is an incredible resource for small business owners, so it’s only natural that the book created by its staff is, too. This book will walk you through everything you need to know about starting a business from day one and onward. It covers all the details, including investors, equipment, employees, daily operations, long-term plans, and so much more, along with helpful worksheets. It makes all the complicated details easy to understand for anyone who is interested in becoming a business owner.
Small Business for Dummies
By Eric Tyson
This book makes starting a small business accessible for even the most inexperienced businessperson. It is another comprehensive guide that focuses on giving you the practical tools you need. It will help you translate your dreams and ideas into a concrete plan that can succeed. One great aspect of this book is that it gives a lot of great financial information, including how to figure out what your business will cost, how to navigate financing, and how to track your cash flow. Other aspects include management, marketing, and customer loyalty.
The Accidental Entrepreneur: The 50 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting a Business
By Susan Urquhart-Brown
Written by a successful entrepreneur, this book does exactly what it sets out to do – give you important insight into the business world. There are many things contained in this book that are often only learned through years of hard work and experience. The “secrets” laid out in the pages provide valuable insight into what it’s actually like to run a business, and what is truly most important to ensure it is successful.
Think and Grow Rich
By Napoleon Hill
This is a classic and best-selling book for a reason. It will truly help you to get in a successful mindset. If you have confidence in yourself and a positive attitude, you have the tools to make your business grow and thrive. This book will help you transform your thinking so you can accomplish what you desire. You’ll be rightly convinced that your business goals are achievable, and you’ll be motivated to work hard at them. It will give you a solid foundation to start with, worthy of a true business owner.
From the writing studios of Terry Ford, Terry is a freelancer with a passion for excellence.