Gone are the days where working for a big company for steady pay was the way to go. Nowadays we want to create jobs and not get a job. Entrepreneurship is becoming more and more trendy and there are loads of books out there for those who are trying to make it in the business world. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, the books listed below are sure to open your mind, offer insights and knowledge and inspiration.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss (above)
This book probably has as many haters as it has advocates. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, I would read this book because of the brilliant way Mr. Ferriss thinks and problem solves. It teaches you also to problem solve the same way, and that is priceless.
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions – Guy Kawasaki
Whether you’re selling a product, service or idea, enchantment is the way to create raving fans, loyal customers and ambassadors. Imparting ideas he picked up throughout his career, which includes his time in Apple, Guy Kawasaki writes in a charming and witty way and teaches you how to do the same with your company.
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh
A must read for those looking to create great company culture. Focusing on happiness might sound sappy, but you can’t argue with satisfied, happy employees and customers and a billion dollar bottom line!
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey
Habits can certainly make or break you and in this book Stephen Covey covers which habits you need to instill in order to be an awesome person all around. This book has been cited as a favorite by many successful people in the business and is well worth a read.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber
Another ‘must read’ for those in entrepreneurship. Michael Gerber believes, while entrepreneurs are brimming with great ideas, they don’t necessarily make good business people. So in his book, he imparts ideas and strategies to have a successful business and a balanced life.
These books are here because they offer a mostly new way of looking at how to do business. The old models are great but at the speed that customers are changing, being an entrepreneur also means coming up with and being able to accept new ways of doing business. Hope these books help with your venture! What other books are you reading now?