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This article showcases our top picks for the Business Books For Young Adults. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Ray Porter

This product was recommended by Matt Claes from Weight Loss Made Practical

I’m recommending this book because you get such a good explanation about why and how to avoid common business pitfalls like spending excess time on activities that don’t really matter if you approach things in a better way. Tim Ferris also shows that he made these same mistakes through his own story. This can be inspiring because the book is not just some conceptual explanation. He actually lived through a story like this and successfully got out of several of the pitfalls he discusses.

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

This product was recommended by Joe Bowab from Lobster Anywhere

Nowadays, the world is becoming more digital. That means business owners need to focus more on online marketing. In fact, digital businesses tend to be more passive, less stressful, and have lower startup costs; which is why I recommend online businesses for young adults. The Millionaire Fastlane talks about the ‘slowlane’ and the ‘fastlane’. The slowlane consists of working a job for 30 years, saving your money, and eventually, you can enjoy some years in the sun. This is outdated and doesn’t work anymore. The fastlane talks about how to build a successful business, and get rich in 10 years or less. Many fastlane principles fit perfectly into online businesses, which M. J. DeMarco recommends, and covers extensively in the Millionaie Fastlane. In fact, he goes into detail about the first business he started (a limo company). Young aspiring entrepreneurs can take inspiration from the tips, tricks, and case studies outlined in this book.

Dare To Launch by Anne Cocquyt

This product was recommended by Norbert Juma from Everyday Power

If you are a business beginner, then you ought to read this book. This book gives actional advice that is very useful for starting and budding entrepreneurs. It also gives strategies and templates so you can set up your business to success. This book will give you everything you need to know in starting, launching, and even funding your business.

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing by Erin Lowry

This product was recommended by Mike Kern from San Diego Home Buyers LLC

This book offers an easy and first-hand business experience for young adults. From tips on how to start investing to diversifying and even learning how to live in a socially responsible way, Broke Millennial has it all for these youngsters. This is by-far the perfect way to learn your business ABCs.

Business Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier

This product was recommended by Mike Kern from San Diego Home Buyers LLC

This book teaches young adults the business etiquettes that they must exhibit to succeed in their professional lives. Whether they’ve been in the workforce for a few years or want to revitalize their personality, this book has it all. Young adults can learn about networking, making resumes, dressing, and even business dining manners.

Notes to a Young Entrepreneur by Gary Nealon

This product was recommended by Rachel Davis from Soul Factors

Receiving advice from an experienced professional is better than listening to naive people. This book, as exactly what the title tells, gives different advice to young people about the possible venture they may have if they pursue doing business. It targets different persons may they be high school or college graduates, students, or dropouts. It contains considerations and even inspirations that they may use as they move forward. A must-read indeed.

Lucky Or Smart? by Bo Peabody

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from HolistaPet

This book is about how the author achieved being a multi-millionaire. He gave tips on maneuvering the industry and shared lessons he picked up throughout his journey. It explains the difference between being lucky and intelligent in the business world and how to take advantage of it.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from HolistaPet

This is basically an adulting book about finances. It teaches how young adults and teens can live without worrying about finances, with steps on what to do with money, where to invest and how to pay their debt.

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

This product was recommended by Madhav Bhandari from Early Stage Marketing

It can help them find the path to success in their careers. The book is full of practical advice that will help you find your voice and build a personal brand. It also includes lots of examples from other people who have done it before you, so you can see what they’ve done and how they did it.

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

This product was recommended by Simon Bacher from Ling App

Business-minded young adults must read this book to develop their profit-generating mindset. Every business has a fair share of struggles. But young businessmen should not show weakness. This book explains how to get rid of unnecessary expenses and take profit first to come up with smart and innovative solutions. Young adult entrepreneurs can learn much from Mike Michalowicz to watch their steady high profits roll in.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

This product was recommended by Phillip Imler from National Parks

One of those novels that makes reading feel like watching a movie is *The Hard Thing About Hard Things* by Ben Horowitz. You will get a glimpse into his hard and turbulent world as he makes his business debut. Ben has provided a thorough narrative of his life, from the moment he first had the thought of starting his own business to how he handled some potentially difficult situations. He has discussed his own struggles, the knowledge he garnered through his trip, and the steps he and his team took to launch their company.

The Seven Figure Agency Roadmap by Josh Nelson

This product was recommended by Lorraine Daisy Resuello from Connection Copilot

Joshua Nelson wrote this impressive book focusing on generating exponential income for digital marketing agencies. Most young adult entrepreneurs are highly tech-savvy and prefer to venture into remote or hybrid businesses, like digital marketing agencies. This book will help you present your proposal as a case study to land and retain more clients by following the roadmap to position yourself as a niche expert.

Rework by Jason Fried

This product was recommended by Linda Shaffer from Checkr

I think that this book is excellent for young adults because it provides a lot of great information on how to be successful in business. But more than that, it’s ideal for those who want to get ahead in business or those who plan to do business on their own. Rework is not a regular business book. The book is more like a guide that helps you understand the basics of business. It’s a straightforward manifesto that offers practical, real-world advice and tips for success. The book is full of actionable advice, and it’s easy to read and understand. It will spur you to action. It also explores relevant topics such as how to be successful in business, time management, and organization.

Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill

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Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic by Napoleon Hill. In this book, Napoleon Hill reveals the steps necessary to achieve financial freedom. Learn how to overcome mental obstacles and change your thinking to adopt the right attitudes and perspectives. This book provides actionable advice for readers to follow to reach their goals.

The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest

This product was recommended by Nick Schiera from Schiera Properties LLC

Reading it will help you realize how crucial it is to initially recognize yourself, then focus all of your efforts on fulfilling your real needs in order to become the best version of yourself, reach your full potential, and lead a peaceful life. The goal of Mountain Is You, is to assist readers in realizing their own strengths and abilities while overcoming trauma, difficulties in life, and emotional damage. This is done by embracing change, visualizing a happy future, and putting an end to self-sabotage.

The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson

This product was recommended by Tim Absalikov from Lasting Trend

Written by the president of the multimillion-dollar company, the book presents one hundred lessons on leadership, education, finance, and motivation. The main idea of the book is the necessity to develop the entrepreneur’s mind if you want to reach the top in your business. The author singles out creativity and initiative among the most important skills of an entrepreneur. He illustrates his tips with examples from his own life. Valuable pieces of advice make the book necessary to read for those who want to gain business success and financial wealth.

How to Write an Exceptional Business Plan by Ashley Cheeks

This product was recommended by Megan Poling from Lucid Books

Every great business starts with a great idea. For an entrepreneur, coming up with a brilliant business concept is the easy part. The tough part comes when you need to create a concrete business plan from the visions in your mind. How to Write an Exceptional Business Plan will help pull those visions out of your head and onto paper, empowering you to: • Clarify your business strategy • Maximize your odds for bank and lender funding • Create a strong impression when pitching to investors This book is for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds who need help creating an exceptional business plan in a way that uses common sense and a straightforward approach. With the accompanying template kit that comes with the book, plus actual examples from successful business plans, you will create a business plan that looks professionally developed. You will learn how to research your market and forecast your profits with minimal headache and maximum impact. If you are ready to take action, use this book to conquer the planning phase and move on to the best part: creating and growing your business.

EntreBusiness by Jared Polak

This product was recommended by Megan Poling from Lucid Books

Jackson Strong is the king of his jungle. As the CEO of an on-the-rise beverage company, he is living the dream of every budding entrepreneur: expensive restaurants, innovative new products, and a business that is destined for greatness. But when Jackson wakes up one morning sprawled across a sidewalk in downtown Houston, he finds himself destitute with only an old Army jacket to keep him warm. Now his only hope is to journey across perilous, unfamiliar territory in search of the one place that can offer a way out–a beacon of light known as The Lot. Join Jackson on his journey as he learns that conventional business “wisdom” is not always what it seems. Experience adventure and inspiration in this compelling blend of nail-biting narrative and revolutionary business advice. Like Jackson, your life–and business–may never be the same.

Virtual Leadership by Bart Banfield

This product was recommended by Megan Poling from Lucid Books

How do you lead employees well when you don’t physically work with them? In Virtual Leadership, Bart Banfield simplifies the complexities of working and leading in a twenty-first-century remote work environment. Through these pages, you will learn: • How to influence those you lead in a virtual work environment • Why change within the workplace is inevitable • The benefits of health and wellness in the virtual work environment • How to create a culture of coaching within your organization • Why self-awareness matters and makes you a better virtual leader The world’s workforce is changing rapidly, and businesses must evolve or risk getting passed by. Virtual Leadership will show you concrete principles of effective leadership for the twenty-first century.

Four Conversations by Rod Brace

This product was recommended by Megan Poling from Lucid Books

A lack of employee engagement and support plagues organizations world-wide. In Four Conversations, leaders encounter the lost art of conversation. By categorizing employees, volunteers, or team members into four distinct conversational groups, leaders strategically connect individuals with the purpose of their organization. This concise leadership guide is a must for all leaders who desire a highly supportive and engaged team.

How to Money by Jean Chatzky

This product was recommended by Chris Salmon from Quittance Legal Services

How to Money is such a great book for young adults to read because it breaks down complicated finance topics that are not easily teachable. It covers an array of topics, including how to invest, save and earn money and create a realistic budget. It even talks about owning your first credit card and everything that comes with it. This book delves into these important topics but talks about them in a way that is easy to understand, and can even help older adults who simply need a little financial refresher. This book is a must read for teenagers and young adults who are just getting into the world of finances and can set them up for a more successful future.

Quiet by Susan Cain

This product was recommended by Ziga Breznik from Public Finance International

One thing that I learned in my 20s was that I didn’t have to change who I was to make a success of my career, even in the cut-throat world of business. That was thanks to Susan Cain’s best-selling book ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’, which I heartily recommend to your readers. There is an assumption, a myth even, that all the most successful people are extroverts that thrive off being loud, brash, and competitive, but Cain’s work demonstrates that introverts can be just as successful in the corporate world too. We needn’t fall to the back of the pile, she argues, and I think that is a very important message for young adults to hear. It’s certainly one I’ve benefited from.

Zero to One by Blake Masters

This product was recommended by Adam Enfroy from AdamEnfroy

This book is incredibly valuable to young adults and new entrepreneurs of all ages. It provides beneficial advice on starting up, and gives you the building blocks of a successful business, along with innovative and creative ideas. I highly recommend it as a read.

Originals by Adam Grant

This product was recommended by Ruben Gamez from SignWell

Originals is a fantastic read for young adults and would-be entrepreneurs ready to take on the world. Grant outlines the many great leaders, some of whom almost didn’t make it because of their limited self-views – Michelangelo almost didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel because he thought of himself as a sculptor. Grant’s book can help young (and old!) people everywhere to originate new ideas and dare to buck the status quo.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

This product was recommended by Brooke Shoupe from Juicing Journal

For young entrepreneurs, I highly recommend The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Eric’s views were not mainstream when the book came out but have since become very mainstream. The old way of starting a business was to draft a long business plan, invest and borrow a lot of money, develop your product or service and bring it to market. In short, it was slow and expensive. Eric’s philosophy is totally against that model. Essentially, he encourages entrepreneurs to fail fast and fail cheap. That way they can take the knowledge they gain and revise their strategy.

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