I am on a mission, like I am every year, to read/obtain as many of the best books for entrepreneurs as I can.
When it comes to all things business, your greatest asset is yourself therefore anything you spend on education is a worthwhile investment.
From the thousands of books on business out there, I have refinded it down to just 45 to give you a well-rounded library.
If you are not thinking to yourself by the end of this list, where am I going to fit all these books, then, by all means, contact me and I will suggest some more!
I’ve tried to not only include popular books and lesser-known gems but a diverse range of topics within entrepreneurship overall.
Without any further ado, let’s get into the list.
James decided to name the book Atomic habits because he believes that small incremental changes across your life compound over time to make massive improvements.
Habits are so important to the life of entrepreneurs as they are external expressions of your identity, i.e your behaviours, views and biases.
When you understand the psychology behind it all you can use it to your advantage to be more efficient and practical.
What James Clear sets out to do is not only to elaborate more on the point above but how, by way of a 4 step process, you can create any new habit you want and get rid of any unwanted habits.
The book is extremely well written and relatable which kept me engaged throughout the whole course of the book as I’m sure it will you too.
If this book is not apart of your library then I would be extremely surprised considering this is probably the most popular book on finance of all time.
This book has been sold no less than 32 million times, translated into 52 different languages in over 109 countries.
Robert Kiyosaki takes you through his journey from a young boy to a man, explaining the differing philosophies about money between his dad and his friend’s dad.
From this stemmed his famous beliefs (thanks to his rich dad) on acquiring assets, the lack of financial education in schools and why the rich get richer.
A great read overall and is highly recommended by me particularly if you don’t have many books for the business.
This is probably one of the best books for entrepreneurs and is highly recommended by me, particularly if you are just getting started.
Eric Ries has helped to pioneer the way startups are created and managed using constant innovation to create ‘radically successful businesses’.
The book addresses what your customers want, how to test your ideas continuously and how to adapt before it’s too late.
This is one of the best books for business and should be a priority read for any of you who are currently running a business or plan to in the future.
This happened to be the third book I ever read and was published almost 100 years ago. It’s now regarded as a classic in personal financial advice.
The book theme deserves some clarification before the content to put the principles into context.
It’s set in ancient Babylon, regarded as one of the wealthiest civilisations of the ancient world and pioneers of many things such as the double-entry bookkeeping system (relevant to accounting).
The parables are around the story of a young man who asks the wealthiest man in Babylon to mentor him. The books take you through his journey and the subsequent lessons he learns.
This books beautifully highlights some key principles that form a good foundation for anyone trying to change their attitudes/beliefs about money.
When considering books for entrepreneurship this, like Rich dad poor dad, is a great place to start.
This book, being the first I read on habits, really put into perspective how important they are about entrepreneurship on all levels.
Charles Duhigg does a great job of explaining the science and psychology behind habits making this an engaging read.
The books not only looks as habits on a personal level but within businesses as well as societies. He gives various real-world stories for each topic to help give life to the points he makes and their overall place within human psychology.
It is not hard to see after reading this book why it’s award-winning, a great book is not only insightful but generally interesting and I think personally it marries both qualities together exceptionally.
Ray Dalio, for those of you who don’t know, is he is perhaps most famous for being co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates (the worlds largest hedge fund) and just happens to be worth 17 billion according to Bloomberg.
With this in mind, it’s not hard to see, even if you haven’t read the book yet, how valuable it is.
With that said, I wouldn’t recommend a book that lacks substance just because he has done very well for himself.
Ray’s book provides readers with invaluable guidance and principles not only about work but life in general, tying it in with his own experiences.
When I read the book what perhaps struck me by surprise was the level of reassurance it gave me. I say this because Ray does not try and hide any of his past failures he celebrates them in a way because they serve as reminders for constant improvement.
Besides being a New York Times bestseller and making it onto my best books for entrepreneurs list, it was praised by the likes of Bill Gates and Tony Robbins, an impressive group of fans to say the least.
In a list of best books for entrepreneurs, I’ve always thought it was extremely important to also include books on psychology.
The reason being the more you understand about yourself and what goes on in our brains, the better. Knowing why you act the way you do and why you make the decisions you make is crucial in your life as an entrepreneur/business owner.
Professor Steve Peters takes an extremely complex topic (human psychology) and simplifies it to make it much easier to understand.
The book details the conflict that goes on in your mind throughout every day of your life between your primal personality ( the limbic system or chimp in this case) and your personality within your prefrontal cortex (what makes you different from everyone else).
This mind model will give you many revelations about yourself as it did for me when I read it around a year ago. It will also give you the knowledge/tools to manage your mind, making you more confident, happy and successful as a result.
It’s fair to say this is probably my favourite book on investing thus far so excuse me if I’m a little bias.
How to own the world is a great place to start for someone who wants a foundation on all the investments vehicles available to them.
Andrew introduces readers to how they can invest their money in a very basic way as well as how they can take things further if they wish. It’s nice to see this as he caterers for both types of readers, those who don’t want to be too involved and those who want to dive a little deeper.
I also never thought I could read a book which could make topics such as pensions and inflation so interesting. Andrew Craig does this by shedding light on how governments manipulate statistics and systems to lead us into a false sense of security.
An interesting read to say the least but not a priority unless you are interested in the wonderful world of investing.
Next onto the subject of product creation, it’s an important part of every business, so you must get it to right.
Nir Eyal explores the psychology behind products that capture our attention and help us understand how successful businesses can create products that we just can’t put down.
Hooked focuses particularly on habit-forming products and how, by using a 4 step process (the hook model), you can embed products to encourage certain types of customer behaviour.
Throughout Nir makes sure to use examples from the likes of iPhone and twitter but also some of the smaller companies (at least in comparison) such as the bible app.
This is one of those books on business I highly recommend when you reach the product development stage.
Rob Moore is known for his vast portfolio of properties but what some people may not know is he is also a well-published author. Rob Moore currently has his name of the cover of 8 books on a whole host of topics within business (some appear in this list).
The focus of this book ( published in 2017) is split into 3 areas, the first being the different philosophical standpoint of the rich and poor in regards to money.
The 2 portion is all about how you can make more money than you do already through different methods, fleshing them all out equally.
Lastly, he writes about the importance of giving more and the sense of fulfilment/achievement that comes from doing that.
This book tackles 3 key areas that are important to understand before you can progress, making it one of the best books for entrepreneurs.
Deep Work by Cal Newport was the most recent book I have finished at the time of writing.
I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised as I expected it to be a bit repetitive and bland being on the topic of a style of work.
I found myself very engaged and fascinated behind the psychology of what deep work is, why it’s so important to entrepreneurs and finally, how to implement it into our own lives.
Cal incorporates not only his experiences with deep work and how it helped propel is an academic career but also those of past geniuses such as Carl Jung.
In a world full of distractions, Cal believes the importance of deep work is more important than ever and once more, is the secret recipe for success.
If you find that you are constantly distracted and want to be more efficient/effective, you should grab a copy of this book.
The aim of this book Josh Kaufman proudly admits was to condense a business degree and it’s fair to say he achieved that in 446 pages. Not only that but to save you the time and money of actually getting the qualification in business.
Therefore this book ‘does exactly what it says on the tin’. Absolutely everything to do with business from perceived value to energy cycles, it’s all in there.
The book is also nicely broken up into smaller sections to keep you focused and makes for a much easier read in comparison to conventional books.
In terms of books for business, if you could only read one, you are more likely to have a well-rounded/complete knowledge of business reading this than by reading any other.
The Dhando investor documents the history of refugees who originated from a small subsection of Gujaratis came to own 40 billion worth of assets in America.
They achieved this through the low risk, high returns method that Mohnish Pabrai not only highlights, but applies to his successful fund (pabrai investment funds).
The book has the combination of a great true story and valuable lessons that came from their journey to the top.
Mohnish has highlighted a great investment style, of which he has used to become successful and most importantly, is very simple.
I think it’s fair to say since this book was published in 2007, Tim Ferriss is at least partly to thank for making a whole lot of people’s working life easier.
This book is like a master class in how to be more efficient and in turn, free up a lot more time to do what you want to do next.
He talks on topics such as reducing time spent on email, mini-retirements and employing virtual assistants. Tim explains throughout the book if you want to escape the rat race and your 9-5 job you need to start outsourcing your work.
If you currently have a business and you want to learn how to almost automate it completely and be apart of the ‘new rich’, then you should grab yourself a copy of this book.
This book is a very specific area within entrepreneurship and that has to do with SEO or search engine optimisation.
If you have a website, to get a good amount of organic traffic you need to be on the first page of google (preferably at the top).
This book is a crash course in all the known elements that make a site SEO friendly to help maximise your chances of ranking for your chosen keywords.
Who better to teach you how then someone who has done it for most of their working life, his name is Will Combe.
Will does a great job of making a topic that can be quite boring to most people, engaging thanks to his humour and simple explanations.
If you have a website, this will be of great help and provide an insight into how to make it successful. As far as I am concerned, the internet is the future and that is why I have decided to include it on a list of books for entrepreneurship.
This book is quite personal to me because it was the first book that I read which was related to business.
Although this a short book it provides some key principles in starting a business. It documents Derek Sivers (who was the founder of CD baby) journey from nothing to one of, at the time, biggest CD sales sites.
40 lessons that he learnt from starting out to selling are within the book in total. These lessons when taken on board he believes will turn you into a new kind of entrepreneurs.
I’d recommend this book to anyone whatever stage they are in their entrepreneurial journey. This is because it has key insights into how a successful business was born but also provides important lessons for people just starting.
To be a successful business owner or entrepreneur you need to at least have a well-rounded understanding of economics.
I think it’s also important in a world that’s economic climate is changing all the time and becoming more complex every day, we try to keep it as simple as possible.
Kate Raworth‘s set out not only to do this but to have you thinking like a cutting edge 21st-century economist.
The book details 7 ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray and instead offers an alternative roadmap to reach that sweet spot of humanity.
Next is the book of an author I have already mentioned within this list and that’s Rob Moore. This book earns its spot on the list because it’s probably his best-received book published so far.
In life leverage, Rob teaches you the importance of outsourcing everything, leveraging what doesn’t make you feel alive and how you can merge your passion with profession.
There are many startling revelations throughout the book as well as great models and rules that you should abide by to live what Rob calls an ‘ideal mobile lifestyle’.
Rob manages to do this by drawing from improvements he’s made in his own life as a result of using the life leverage philosophy. This is one of those books on entrepreneurship that you will find useful somewhere along the line.
Peter Thiel has many accolades such as being the co-founder of Palantir, PayPal and being the first outside investor in Facebook.
With this in mind, the whole content of the book revolves around startups, particularly those that will shape the future.
Peter gives an insight into his knowledge on the management of a business, the structures within successful ones and how to think out of the box when coming up with startup ideas.
This is a short, concise and thought-provoking book from a well-renowned businessman, I highly recommend this book.
Over 5 years, Jim Collins conducted a project. What he set out to find was what makes a company transition from good to great.
The book identifies important variables beneath the surface of all great companies and more importantly, helps to show you how you can transition from a good company to that of a great one.
The real stand out feature of this book which has been probably the biggest factor to its success is the supporting evidence. You have the wisdom of this topic that was gained over 5 years condensed into 320 pages.
This has to be one of the best books for entrepreneurs for that reason alone.
This book is a personal favourite of mine which looks at 48 steps in which anyone can use to enforce their power.
These fundamental laws laid out in the book by Robert Greene, are a combination of thoughts, actions and tactics that you can employ to play ‘the power game’.
The book can not only be applied to your personal life, but also the wonderful world of business. It uses various historical examples to illustrate each law in practice as well as those who chose to disregard them.
This has been a long-awaited book by the one and only, Stephen A Schwarzman. He is perhaps most famous for being the chairman of Blackstone, the investment firm that manages around 400 billion.
From deal-making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons on everything from persuing excellence to calculating risk.
This all-round, is an invaluable book on business that everyone should have as a part of their library. Success stories like these provide insights that help change and mould us into better entrepreneurs.
Peter Jones is perhaps most notably known for his part in Dragon’s den (the only investor to be on it from the start).
But perhaps what people don’t know about his is the true extent of his wealth. Peter Jones is worth currently, at the time of writing, 500 million.
In Tycoon, Peter offers his insight into the skills and qualities he believes every successful entrepreneur possesses.
Within the book, he also details the 10 golden rules which serve as key building blocks for turning your ideas into successful businesses.
When looking at good books for entrepreneurship, leaving out publications by some of the best entrepreneurs would seem illogical.
Robert Greene is perhaps better known for his international bestseller, 48 power of law. Having said that, by no means does this overshadow one of his more recent works, the laws of human nature.
Considering that we as humans are very sociable, Robert puts into perspective the fact that the relations we have with others shape the world around us.
What this book excels in is providing useful tactics for success, self-improvement and self-defence. Also having a comprehensive guide to what drives and motivates people is invaluable knowledge in the business world.
When it comes to best books on entrepreneurship understanding the content in this book will help you go along the way considering a successful business fulfils the needs of the public.
Grant Cardone has become a famous face within the self-help/entrepreneur community in the past few years, up there with the like of Tony Ribbons and Gary Vaynerchuk.
Aside from his social media presence and worldwide seminars, he also has a small list of published books. His best-received book by far was this one, the 10x rule.
Throughout the book, Grant stays true to the title by promoting ‘massive action’ to achieve goals. He also talks about topics such as why some fail and some succeed, the time management myth and much more.
If you want a formula/system that will propel you above and beyond what ‘average’ people achieve, this book is a great place to start.
Stephen Covey delves into, throughout the book, what he believes makes a person highly effective.
The first 3 habits within the book focus on self-mastery, moving you from being dependent to an independent person.
The next 3 looks at developing communication, collaboration and how to work well in a team.
The final habit focuses on constant growth (sharpening the saw), the key that shifts you from being independent to interdependent.
This is one of the best books for entrepreneurs as being effective is the key to ongoing progression.
When Dale Carnegie wrote this book over 80 years, I don’t think he would have expected the significant impact it has had and continues to have today.
How to win friends and influence people is a treasure trove of practical tips for building better relationships. With over 30 million copies sold this book details timeless wisdom that can be applied to your life.
Dale documents a series of principles within different aspects of human psychology such as fundamental techniques in handling people and how to make people like you.
This is not only useful for everyday life but also one of the best books for entrepreneurs because to be successful you need help from others. Having good people skills are often overlooked and can be the difference between securing deals/relationships or not.
This is one of the best books for entrepreneurs, you could class it a timeless classic especially considering it was written by Napolean Hill in 1938.
The chapters throughout the book are still all relevant and if anything is more so in this modern age.
The books detail the psychological power of thought and the brain in catapulting your career for financial and personal satisfaction.
Napoleon makes sense of this by confining them to establish 13 principles he believes to be the key to psychological wealth and subsequently, psychical wealth.
If you don’t possess this book in your library then this should be high up on your list of priorities. It’s sold over 100 million copies for a reason and therefore I have to consider it in my best books for entrepreneurs list!
Sales are the primary indicator as to the success of any particular company, meaning if you can’t sell, then your business isn’t going to go anywhere.
If anyone mastered the fine art of sales it was Chet holmes, who happened to work for Charlie Munger (Warren Buffet’s business partner at Berkshire Hathaway).
For one of their businesses, no less than 3 years in a row, he doubled revenues. It’s even more impressive when you know that the business was in a declining industry (print work).
In the book, Chet lists 12 strategies to focus on propel not just sales, but your whole business in general. There are undoubtedly some valuable lessons within the book making it one of those books on business you need to read.
Chet is famous for saying ‘becoming a master of karate was not about learning 4000 moves, but about doing just a handful of moves 4,000 times’. This quote perfectly describes the whole tone of the book, you don’t need a million strategies, you just need to know a few very well.
Yes you read that right, this book is called purple cow, but for good reason. Seth Godin, probably one of the best-known marketing gurus on the planet today, lays out in his most successful book why every business should have a ‘purple cow’.
What Seth tries to get you to understand in the book is every business should create truly noticeable products and services that are worth marketing in the first place.
Seth argues, rather convincingly in my opinion, that you need to create something remarkable (a purple cow) so that it can truly stand out against the herd of competitors (sorry for the pun).
This book provides a well thought out and interesting take on marketing from one of the best to ever market. This is certainly one of the best on marketing and is up there in terms of excellent books for entrepreneurs overall.
Although I have books on this list that have a primary topic revolving around startups and don’t have any that cover all aspects of business such as this one.
This is differentiated from most books on business because it doesn’t only cover what you might expect, but also details like when are the best time to exit.
This book specifically looks at the lives of two young successful entrepreneurs but is paired with interviews and statements from industry moguls.
This book for entrepreneurship is also easy to read as it’s full of straightforward advice on how to convert a business idea of yours into a commercially viable proposition.
This book by John Mullins focuses on testing the viability of your business ideas before you choose to pursue them.
To elaborate further, the book is a systematic method of determining the feasibility of any business before you invest your time, effort and resources. The books draws experiences from the likes of eBay and Wholefoods to highlight this important phase.
This is such a vital time for an entrepreneur because fundamental flaws in your business model virtually guarantee that your venture will fail.
The objective of this book is, therefore, to help you spot the warning signs to prevent costly mistakes. This is important knowledge to have at your desposal thefore its oone of those useful books for entrepreneurship
Shoe dog is essentially a memoir of Phil Knight, the co-founder of the household brand Nike.
It’s easy to take companies such as these for granted and fail to realise that lessons that can be learned from building such a big brand. What I find hard to believe is that such a well known and established brand did not exist less than 60 years ago.
Phil addresses all of these points and more throughout the book, really focusing on the rise of Nike and how they overcame challenges to grow the company as fast as they did.
You’ll learn real-world business lessons from one of the best to ever do it, making the value of this priceless. The fact that, according to Forbes, Phil Knight is the 28th richest person in the world should be enough to warrant purchasing this book.
Jen Sincero sets out in this book to convince readers that being wealthy/fulfilled is as simple as changing your attitude and making yourself entirely open to opportunities that come your way.
Like many self-help books, this does a great job of lifting your spirits and aids you in unearthing confidence within yourself to pursue whatever business endeavours you want.
When considering the best books for entrepreneurs, you need to find the right balance between solid data-driven books and self help/motivational ones. This book does a great job at motivating you that’s for sure!
Emotions can bring us joy but can also wreak havoc on our day to day lives, this book helps to make sense of it all.
When truly understood and mastered, Daniel Goleman argues that emotional intelligence is more relevant and useful in the modern world than IQ.
He argues the effect emotions have on factors like our decision making, thought in general and subsequently to a large extent, personal success. Throughout the book, Daniel hones in on self-awareness, motivation, self-control and empathy among others being the qualities that mark people who excel.
This book makes for a fascinating read and also served as a big eye-opener in regards to how important your emotions are in your life as an entrepreneur.
John Warrillow‘s book, built to sell provides an interesting perspective on business creation and management in relation to selling it.
John believes that when most people create businesses they make the fatal mistake of allowing the company to rely too heavily on themselves. So when it’s time to sell no potential buyer will believe it can function on its feet.
John, therefore, presents a few big ideas to combat this common problem. Ideas include running the business like it will last forever, focusing on making the business as automatic as possible and making the company sellable (even if you don’t want to sell).
This book has some really interesting and relevant points that can help you in the overall success of your business by establishing a proper company structure and sound management. For these reasons it has to feature on my best books for entrepreneurs list.
When I think of useful books for entrepreneurship, I think of simple but effective viewpoints that deliver, management in ten words does this very well.
This book is an autobiography of the household name, Tesco. The book is written by the former CEO for 14 years, Terry Leahy. He is responsible for turning the company into the largest supermarket chain in Britain and transformed it into a global enterprise.
He identifies 10 attributes present in every successful manager of great organisations, drawing from his own experiences in the challenges he had faced at Tesco.
When it comes to management, this is one of the most insightful books on the topic. Books on business such as this one will always be of extreme value to you as an entrepreneur, particularly when it’s written by someone of this Terry’s calibre.
The 80/20 principle has come to the forefront of entrepreneurship in recent years and you can find it mentioned in some of the books on this list. The concept was originally born in 1906 having been observed by Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist.
Robert Koch, the author of this book explains the principle in modern times, drawing awareness to its value after being long forgotten for the better half of a century.
The principles core solution is on the problem of time management and serves as a system to abide by to be more efficient.
If you incorporate the book’s teachings into your life you will notice a significant positive change in how you use your time. Not only is this an amazing book for business but life in general, making it highly recommended by me.
What makes this book stand out is the fact it looks at the popular misconceptions within a business, investing and finance. And how once more, you can take advantage of this to be highly profitable.
The book sheds light on areas such as the real value of an asset, real business investing models as well as popular schemes and traps which part you with your money.
Mark Homer provides an essential read for investors, businessmen and entrepreneurs laid out in a balanced manner. If you are looking for a toolkit for making smart decisions in these areas, I recommend this book for entrepreneurship.
This book was written by two Harvard professors who look at a wide array of research into human nature and the subsequent impact that has on our lives (particularly work).
This book is more scientific, fact-based and solidly researched than the majority of books on this list. Its focus is on 4 separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behaviour and the choices people make.
They ultimately show that, just as advances in information technology have reshaped the economy in recent years, current advances in biology will be the key to understanding human organizations in the new millennium.
Books on behaviour and the psychology of buying, if used correctly, can serve you very well; this is why I have decided to inculde it on this list of best books for entrepreneurship.
Matthew Syed is one of the worlds most influential thinkers in the field of high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world.
In his new book, rebel ideas, he sets out to teach readers how to harness the power of cognitive diversity.
The books radical new approach to personal success stems from the latest research into psychology, economics and anthropology.
He addresses issues like how to tackle complex challenges and personal reinvention using a host of case studies, including intelligence failings at the CIA as well as American’s deradicalisation in the deep south.
Rebel ideas has real-world application and serves as one of the most thought-provoking books for entrepreneurship.
In the world of business, hard decisions are plentiful, to say the least. What Ben Horowitz sets out to do, is provide some frameworks/solutions to the most common difficult business decisions.
Ben tackles hard decisions on everything from firing an employee to when to go public with your company, drawing upon all the lessons he had learnt over the years of managing his company.
Over the substantial amount of time I have been reading books on business, I haven’t found one that has solely focused on these types of issues. This, as a result, makes it a must-read and one of the best books for entrepreneurs, especially if you are currently a business owner that employs staff.
If you are looking for some inspiration when it comes to startups on a budget, this is a great book for you.
Chris Guillebeau looks at the lives of various people, in different occupations and documents their journey from humble beginnings to business success.
This book will teach you that as long as you combine a profession with passion, it doesn’t matter how much you have to start with, you can still be extremely successful. To back this up there are countless stories throughout the book of people who have done just that.
Great books for entrepreneurship often include real-life stories of others who have become financially better off.
Good economics in hard times is written by prize-winning economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. The books attempts to emphasis the relationship between a countries economy and the subsequent impact that has on the countries social dynamics.
Abhijit and Esther show how economics, when done right, can help solve social and political issues from immigration to inequality, slowing growth to accelerating climate change etc.
The book’s foundation is based upon the most research economic research- and years of exploring the most effective solutions to alleviate extreme poverty- to make a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect.
This book brings to the forefront the impact that money can have on the different underlying issues all countries face today. This makes for not only an interesting read but a powerful resource to us as entrepreneurs.
Just like the title of the book suggests, it’s the main purpose is to draw attention to our society of ‘snowflakes’ and how the key to a better life is to care less.
This self-help book by Mark Manson makes the argument, backed by academic research and well-timed pop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but to stomach lemons better.
This book helps us ‘cut the crap’ to establish what is important to us in life and discard everything else. These types of books are important for entrepreneurs as our mindset/approach is our biggest asset.
The truth is, there are hundreds of books that could have made the list, I tried my best to provide a diverse range, tackling all important topics within the scope of entrepreneurship.
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