7 Best Books for Starting a Business

Do you have the skills, tools and passion necessary to get your own business started as soon as possible? The experts know what it takes, and luckily, countless numbers of them have taken the time to share their wise words of success with aspiring entrepreneurs all over the world. Here are a few essential reads for anyone looking to start a business.

1. The Business Start-Up Kit by Steven D. Strauss


If you are thinking about starting your own business, you likely have a lot of questions about the right and wrong things to do before, during and after you launch something big. What you need is a tip filled guide that will walk you through important strategies for creating a business you truly care about, which is why you should grab a copy of Steven D. Strauss’s The Business Start-Up Kit.

This book will teach you what works when starting your own business and what does not work, pointing out that passion, though relatively abstract, is an extremely important part of starting and running your business.

2. Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business by Toolkit Media Group


Are you in need of a step by step all in one guide that will show you how to start planning and executing different areas of your up and coming small business? This is the comprehensive “reference book” you need to get your hands on right now.

Probably one of the most helpful elements in this reference guide are the sample business plans, showing you exactly how to outline what you want your business to be and accomplish before you rush too quickly into making more decisions for your small business. This book is essential for any first-time founder.

3. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki


If you were to take a professional entrepreneurship class, what do you think you would learn? Probably the exact same things you will learn in this classic business book, written for the neurotic soon to be entrepreneur who just wants to do everything right the first time around.

This book teaches you everything you need to know, including how to raise money so you can get your business off the ground and keep it afloat until you earn your customers’ trust and support. Starting a business may not necessarily be the hardest part, but it is the most important, and doing it right makes you much more likely to succeed in the very near future.

4. Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money by Thomas K. McKnight


Everyone who manages to come up with an idea for a brand new business has relatively the same question: if I turn this into a business, will it float, or will it sink? Think there’s no way to know if a business will work before spending the time and resources on a launch that may never amount to anything? You’re mistaken.

This book offers a checklist that takes you through every single thing that will help determine whether or not your business will be successful. By the time you finish moving through the checklist, you will have a much clearer perspective on whether or not moving forward with pursuing your current business idea is worth the effort as well as the risk.

5. The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom by Carrie Wilkerson


Perhaps it is your ultimate dream to work from home. It’s convenient, there’s no commute time, most of the time you can set your own hours, and you never have to put on a single pair of shoes, if you don’t want to. Many people hesitate when they think about heading up their own home based business, though, because they just aren’t sure where to start or how to make it best work for them.

This book is essential for anyone who plans on working from home running a business out of a home office or starting a web based online business. It teaches you everything you will need to know about establishing and properly catering to an online audience, how to market to reach out to clients or buyers and so much more.

6. Lucky or Smart? Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur by Bo Peabody


Is succeeding in business about luck, or intelligence? Are people who own successful businesses just really lucky, or are they a whole lot smarter than we think they are? It turns out it isn’t one or the other that determines entrepreneurial success. It takes a little bit of each to snag opportunities and make the right moves just in time.

Serial entrepreneur Bo Peabody, who had made millions starting and selling businesses by his ate 20s, in his book shares how to utilize both luck and smart thinking in tandem to see potential success before it happens and take the proper risks in order to make sure your business eventually makes it big the way you know it can.

7. Start Your Own Business: The Only Start-Up Book You’ll Ever Need by Rieva Lesonsky


How easy is it to start a business, really? What does it take to turn a fleeting idea into something that matters – and lasts? The best way to learn how to found a business that can sustain its market and actually succeed is to take the advice of experienced business owners who already know everything there is to know about transforming your idea into a tangible, profitable, successful business endeavor.

Written by business experts and the editors of Entrepreneur magazine, this book is your ultimate guide to planning out and pursuing a new business idea and bringing it to form. It’s going to take a lot of steps, patience and willpower to make this happen, but with this book in hand, you can accomplish virtually anything.

Follow in these experts’ footsteps, and your business will be well known and thriving in no time at all.