5 Lesser-Known Must-Read Books For Entrepreneurs

By Anand

June 20, 2014   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting your own business is like giving birth to a child; only much more painful and demanding. Despite that, it’s an addiction that aspiring entrepreneurs just can’t let go of. There are a number of popular books available at your local bookstore that is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs. A few of the popular ones include ‘The 4 hour work-week’, “The E-Myth Revisited”, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Lean Startup”.

While these are really good books and something that every wantrepreneur must read, they do not cover all aspects of entrepreneurship. Moreover, most of these books are from best-selling authors and celebrity entrepreneurs whose advices may not always apply to someone who only aspires to start a neighborhood small business. If you are one such person, here are some little-known entrepreneurship books that is likely to help you gain a better understanding of all that one could expect with launching their own business.

Start Small, Stay Small

Not everyone aspires to launch a billion dollar company like Facebook or Google. Also, not all businesses need venture capitalist funding to operate successfully. Start Small, Stay Small is a book that is targeted at “software micropreneurs” and takes the readers through the process of validating and marketing a software or application that one has built. The book has been written by Rob Walling who is a successful software entrepreneur who runs over ten profitable software products and websites.

How We Did It – 100 Entrepreneurs Share The Story Of Their Struggles & Life Experiences

There are a number of popular books written by successful entrepreneurs. However, these books are not always helpful because they have been written using the particular entrepreneur’s perspective, which is not always useful to an aspiring entrepreneur who comes from a different background. In ‘How We Did It’, the author talks to over a hundred entrepreneurs from multiple backgrounds and industries – internet entrepreneurs, jewelers, mothers with a money making hobby, bakers, consultants and even farmers. The objective is to get a perspective on various aspects of business from multiple sources so that every reader gains something out of it. Some popular entrepreneurs interviewed include the founders of Freelancer, Udemy, Fiverr, Grooveshark and Rackspace.

Entrepreneurship: A Real World Approach

Written by small business consultant Rhonda Abrams, this book is a real world guide book for entrepreneurs to plan their business, execute strategies and train themselves using worksheets and critical thinking exercises. Although targeted at aspiring entrepreneurs, this is a book that should find greater appeal among people who already own small business and at students for their entrepreneurship related subjects.

Your First $1000 – How To Start An Online Business That Actually Makes Money

In this book, Steve Scott, a best-selling Kindle ebook publisher and professional blogger takes readers through a seven step process where he teaches them to build an online business that will bring them their first money from the internet. As the name suggests, this is a book that is targeted solely at online business owners. However, if you are a small business owner who is looking at gaining better exposure to your business online, this is a book that should help you a great deal.

Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas For Kids

This is a slightly off-beat book in the sense that it is not targeted at the conventional salaried employee looking to break off the shackles of a 9-5 job. Instead, it is a book that is aimed at nurturing better entrepreneurial spirit among the younger generation. In this book, authors Daryl Bernstein and Rob Husberg take the readers through a number of fun filled business ideas that can be launched at little to no cost. The primary objective of this book is to not only give business ideas to kids, but also to teach them negotiation skills, attracting customers and retaining them. If you are looking to gift a book to an entrepreneurial kid, this is one book you should definitely be looking at.


Anand Srinivasan is the author of Cold Calling Success. Download his FREE ebook on "HOW TO FIND YOUR FIRST CUSTOMERS" here<

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