9 Best Startup Books

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur dreaming of launching a startup? You are not the only one. The only thing unique about you is your business idea – and turning that into a real, thriving business is one of the greatest yet most rewarding challenges you will likely face as an entrepreneur.

Here are some of the best books that will help to teach and motivate you to get your startup off the ground. Take the advice of the experienced business owners who have come before you: you will need it.

1. The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman

You can’t forget to invest in yourself, especially as someone who is dreaming of building a thriving career in the startup world. The founder of LinkedIn will teach you proven strategies of entrepreneurs past to help you put yourself, and the health and wealth of your career, first. Starting a business is about skill and intelligence, two things you can develop by doing what those who have come before you have done to start from the bottom, earn a living and make it closer to the top.

2. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone, millionaire and serial entrepreneur, was told as he was growing up that he should not attempt to achieve his dreams. Thankfully, he did not listen to anyone who told him he could or should not do what he wanted to do with his life. His success alone is proof that mindset is everything. This motivational guide will remind you that anything is possible, especially if you want to succeed. If you truly want it, for all the right reasons, you will find a way. Always.

3. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

What was it like for the founder of PayPal in the very beginning? What was it like to run Apple before everyone knew what Apple was? Founders At Work features interviews with some of the world’s most renowned founders, giving readers a glimpse into what it is really like to start a business.

4. Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn

Let us say you have a truly brilliant idea for a business. It is possibly the best idea you have ever had. You are so excited about it that you literally cannot wait to get started. But hold on – according to renowned author and entrepreneur Pat Flynn, waiting is exactly what you need to do right now. Before you spend time and money on a brand new idea, you first need to be able to identify whether or not it is a good one – good enough to launch an actual business off the ground and keep it there, anyway. Will It Fly will help you determine if your idea truly is business worthy. Do not waste time or money. Invest only in ideas that will take off.

5. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

You do not need a traditional job or a high paying starting salary to make a name for yourself and truly do something that matters. You can create a career you love and change the world all at the same time. This book will teach you how to start with nothing and build a startup that is everything you have ever dreamed of, plus so much more.

6. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Many businesses that begin in uncertainty fail, and often, they fail quickly. If you want to survive the often brutal, unpredictable and ever changing startup environment, you are going to want to take a more ‘lean’ approach to creating and running your brand new business. This book will teach you how to navigate elements of the startup world that cause many new businesses to crash and burn. You can be confident that by the time you finish reading The Lean Startup, you will have a variety of skills and strategies to apply to your real-world experience. Good luck out there – and get ready.

7. The Business Idea Factory: A World-Class System for Creating Successful Business Ideas by Andrii Sedniev

So you have an idea for a business, but you just aren’t sure how to turn it into something real? Are you struggling to fully form a business concept, even though you are passionate about starting your own business? The Business Idea Factory uses research, stories and strategies to help you come up with better business ideas and turn them into businesses that will actually work.

8. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris

Even if you do not consider yourself a by experience learner, you will find that in the business world, the only way to make it is to get out there and do it. The best way to learn how to run a business is to start one. If you do not know how to do that, then do not fear: you are certainly not the first, nor the only one. This book’s title speaks for itself. Successful entrepreneur Dan Norris will teach you, literally, how to launch a startup in seven days. So much information, so little time. No more waiting. No more making excuses. The time to start is now.

9. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld

Do you know what venture capital funding is? Probably the majority of people looking to start their own businesses have no idea what it is, either. That is precisely why this book exists. You will learn everything you need to know about venture capital funding and how to financially jumpstart your startup or business in no time. If you have a question about venture capital, this book can most likely answer it from one of many chapters within its informative pages.