Entrepreneurial Must-Reads: The Best Books for Starting a Business

Our picks of the top 10 best books for starting a business to add to your reading list.

Starting a business is a journey. And as a budding entrepreneur, you want to learn as much as you can to help support you on that journey. The best books for starting a business can be an invaluable resource.

The right ones can act as a map when you’re starting your business. Because they’ll give you the insights you need to get from where you are to where you want to go. Plus, they’ll help you build a thriving business along the way.

But with so many books and so little time, where should you start?

Here are our picks for the top 10 best books for starting a business—books you’ll want to move to the top of your reading list, stat:

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

“Spend as little money as possible and make as much money as you can.”
― Chris Guillebeau, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love and Create a New Future

Many people hold off on starting a business because they don’t think they have enough money. They think they need hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their business off the ground.

But according to author Chris Guillebeau—and the entrepreneurs featured in this must-read—that’s just not the case.

In The $100 Startup, Guillebeau shares 50 case studies of entrepreneurs who launched successful businesses on a shoestring budget. Often, as the name implies, for $100 dollars or less. Through exploring their stories, Guillebeau shows that with a little passion and perseverance, anyone can leverage their skills and expertise. Even if you don’t have a ton of funds to get things off the ground, you can build a business and turn a profit.

If you’re holding off on starting your business because you don’t think you have enough capital to make it happen, you’re definitely going to want to read this book.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”
― Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Obstacles are par for the course when you’re an entrepreneur. No matter who you are, what industry you’re in or what kind of business you’re launching, you’re going to run into setbacks, challenges and difficulties on your journey.

But according to well-known entrepreneur, marketer and author Ryan Holiday, obstacles aren’t just speed bumps on the road to success. They’re actually the key to success. So entrepreneurs need to embrace them as the opportunities they are in order to succeed.

In The Obstacle Is the Way, Holiday leverages principles of stoicism. An ancient Greek philosophy, the concept illustrates the importance of embracing challenges and using them as springboards for growth. Packed with stories about how some of the world’s most successful people used stoicism to overcome challenges, Holiday makes a powerful argument for the importance of obstacles because of the essential role they play in success.

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