This article showcases our top picks for the Business Books For Young Entrepreneurs. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a brilliant book for anyone interested in getting into that entrepreneur mindset. It outlines that being an entrepreneur is all about decision-making and how you make those decisions, then explains the different processes your mind goes through and how to make decision-making as efficient as possible. It’s a fantastic read that really lays out the information you need clearly.
Find Your Why by Simon Sinek
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This is the number one book I recommend for anybody looking to start a business. This book will help you dig deep into your why, or your mission statement. It will have you asking yourself Why am I doing this? What is my purpose? Very few companies can answer this, yet it makes all the difference in whether or not someone invests in you.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
This product was recommended by Rei Shen from Success in Depth
The book is all about how to stand out in a crowded marketplace. After all, it’s not about what you’re selling, it’s about how you’re selling it. In other words, it’s not enough to have a great product–you also need to tell a great story. And that’s exactly what Gary does in this book. He tells the story of how he built his businesses from the ground up, and he provides actionable advice on how other young entrepreneurs can do the same.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell sits in my office and I frequently loan it out to my friends and coworkers because it really helped me to understand there’s no such thing as an overnight success. From the public’s perspective, great individuals seem to materialize wholly formed, with all the natural talent and circumstance they needed to accomplish great deeds, almost as though it were fate. In reality, there are hours of invisible labor and experience behind those accomplishments. Recognition is only the tip of the iceberg, the real mass of it is the hard work that goes on out of sight. Outliers helps me to stay motivated even when recognition for my hard work is sparse because it reminds me that legends aren’t born, they’re made, and with unceasing effort anyone can become one.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
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I would suggest The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. It’s a toolkit for startups with a strong focus on customer development. It helps you avoid building products that nobody wants and will help you build products that people actually want. The book looks at what it takes to transform your startup into a successful, sustainable business. It also helps you build a strong foundation as you begin to build your company by focusing on what your customers really want, how you can begin to meet their needs, and what you can do to improve your business. Each chapter takes you through a step-by-step process to help you build a strong foundation for your business. This is a great book for budding entrepreneurs.
How I Built This by Guy Raz
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“How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs” by Guy Raz is the perfect book for both young and old entrepreneurs alike. The NPR host dives into how great ideas can come from a simple “spark”. He mentions the founders of Allbirds, Headspace, and Stacy’s Pita Chips, as examples of regular people who turned an interesting idea into a multi-million dollar company. Raz shares tips for young entrepreneurs who are just starting their journeys.
Sprint by Jake Knapp
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I highly recommend this book because a mistake I see young entrepreneurs make almost always is fixate on the product or service they are building and trying to get it to perfection–rather than fixating on solving the problem and testing it with their core audience as soon as possible. This book gives readers a framework on how to create a usable non-high tech prototype and get it in front of audiences in just 5 days. I have used the framework numerous times in my business and my day job.
The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib
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I recommend this book for young entrepreneurs because it provides concrete examples of effectively creating a one-page marketing plan, which constitutes smart budgeting, attracting new customers, proper product pricing, closing sales, and more. Most first-time young business owners are confronted with overwhelming marketing tactics, causing confusion and misalignment with goals. Having a solid marketing plan means eliminating guesswork and random marketing acts to attain business metrics and stand out from the competition.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
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The $100 Startup is more like a guide for starting a microbusiness. The book provides several examples of businesses that were built without special skills or experience as well as how to start one. One of the characteristics of these businesses is that they can be started for less than $100. One of the most practical books I’ve ever read is this one. The lessons are very valuable and should be read and followed more than once.
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
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After launching my subscription box business in 2021, I found myself lacking the know-how of what it meant to maintain, scale, and run a profitable business. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz is the best resource I’ve found that provides clarity, simplicity, and a sense of semblance to the often chaotic world of launching a business out into the world for the first time. When the starry-eyed appeal of dreaming and launching a business wears off, your company’s profitability, or lack thereof, will be the determinant of whether your dreams take root, or slowly fizzle out. Dreaming is our fire-starter, profitability the embers to grow and sustain our creativity!
Get Rich Click! by Marc Ostrofsky
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Marc is amazing! This book literally has everything one needs to know about e-Commerce and making money online. The book has many successful case studies regarding eBay’s success, dropshipping, amazon marketplace, and much more. It’s one of those ‘eternal’ books that you keep referring to, as it is packed with terrific resources, action checklists, and superlative strategies that every online marketer should employ. A must-read for anyone who wants to promote anything on the web.
Don’t Duck The Government They’ve Got Your Money by Karwanna D.
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Don’t Duck The Government, They’ve Got Your Money is a companion book for small business owners who wants to learn how to grow their business through government contracts. This book is a compilation of her experience, knowledge, and expertise as a business maven with 20+ years of experience. Following the principles of this book as a blueprint, Karwanna D., has helped over 200+ women and minority business owners grow their businesses landing multi-six-figure contracts from budgets specifically set aside for women and minority small businesses.For the first time, Karwanna D. shares this blueprint in one place where it lays out a comprehensive yet focused 7 Chapters of tips and information on how you can get started with Government Contracting and why it is such a game-changer for small businesses. Learning about how to position your business to win government contracts, knowing the types of Government Contracts, how to research agencies that buy your products and services, how to get certifications, seek subcontracting opportunities, and more. Most importantly, it comes with free access to some extra tools and resources to help you actually reach some milestones in your business.
Dare To Launch by Anne Cocquyt
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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.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
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If you’re interested in using marketing to grow your business, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout is a must-read. Learn why certain marketing campaigns succeeded, others have failed, and what would have worked better.
A Paperboy’s Fable by Deep Patel
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Patel tells a wonderfully engaging story inspired by his father’s life in the US as a paperboy who became a business owner. Within this book Patel introduces the reader to the 11 principles of success including investing in success, creating raving fans, recognizing opportunity, and delegating authority. These principles are absolutely essential to understanding what it means to start a business despite the nature and size. This is a great read for young entrepreneurs as Patel was only 16 when it was written.
No Excuses! The Power of Self-discipline by Brian Tracy
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If you are an entrepreneur, one of the most important traits you need to develop is self-discipline. It’s impossible to be successful without discipline. Self-discipline means that you get the job done, whether you feel like it or not. In this book, Brian Tracy teaches us that self-discipline is the key to success and gives us practical advice to master it and achieve self-actualization, happy relationships, and financial security.
Atomic Habits by James Clear
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Atomic habits will teach you how to break bad behaviors and adopt good ones in four steps. After you develop self-discipline, it’s time to have a structure, to develop the good habits that will give you the foundations to work on your business. In the book, Clear shows that if you improve just 1% per day, you’ll end up with results that are nearly 37 times better after one year.
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
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Now that you have the discipline to work on your business every day and have the good habits that will help you move forward, it’s time to start getting some practical knowledge about business and entrepreneurship. The book points out what’s wrong with the mainstream advice of getting a degree, getting a job, working hard, and retiring rich model. The book defines wealth in a new way and shows you the path to retiring young. The Millionaire Fastlane will teach you 3 main things: wealth stands for 3 things and none of them are money; at some point, you must make your income independent of your time; think of a producer, not a consumer. This book is a must-read for every entrepreneur.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
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This book won’t teach you how to be an entrepreneur, or how to get started with a business, but it will give you the right mindset to be a successful entrepreneur on a long-term basis. This book inspired me to up my entrepreneurial journey, and was recommended to me at a networking event! It talks of the combination of passion and perseverance, as more vital tools than talent, intelligence, or financial advantages.
Tools Of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
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The best business book for young entrepreneurs is Tools of Titans by productivity expert Tim Ferris. Tools of Titans is an essential read for young entrepreneurs because the book provides actionable tips and strategies readers can’t get anywhere else. Tim Ferris has interviewed hundreds of world-class entrepreneurs and visionaries. He has included their insights in this easy to read book that gives the reader a chance to implement the strategies discussed in the book into their daily life.
Rework by Jason Fried
This product was recommended by Chad Brinkle from High Country Offroad
Rework is a great book for young entrepreneurs. It’s a wonderful read for anyone who wants to start a business. The book provides ideas to run a company successfully and how to cope in a fast-paced, ever-changing business environment. The book also provides an account of the co-founders’ experience as they started their first company 37Signals. It is a book that will help beginners in the world of startups. It is a quick read and gives you a lot of practical tips on how to get started on your business idea.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Kiyosaki
This product was recommended by Matt Raad from eBusiness Institute
It’s an incredible book that shows you how your mentality can keep you financially constrained. The premise is that you can do all the right things and still struggle. In this book, you’ll learn the value of investing and using debt in a productive and meaningful way. The book will also show you how to use money to make money. I highly recommend that this be one of the first books entrepreneurs read.
The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin Johnson
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This book is all about finding your why and maintaining that throughout your career as an entrepreneur. It’s straightforward, easy to understand, and doesn’t try to be something it’s not. It’s about being driven by your passions and not letting anything stop you from achieving your goals. It’s not a book of theory or high-level concepts. It doesn’t give you a bunch of ideas or tips that you’ll never remember when you need them. Instead, it walks you through each stage of the process and helps you learn how to make decisions about your business based on real-world experience—not just what other people have told you or what has worked for them in the past.
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating A Small Business by Pearson
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I am suggesting this book because it’s good for anyone who wants to start a small business. This is because it provides a lot of great tips for any entrepreneurial newcomers. It goes into depth on what economic, professional, and and financial considerations you should consider before operating your own company. It also gives the reader real case studies that show how one can properly develop their business. This helps give people a better idea of what goes into operating a small business, which is especially good for anyone who wants to start their business at a physical location.
12 Months to $1 Million by Ryan Moran
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Why? Because it’s everything that any young entrepreneur needs to, and should, know how to create and build a business that can eventually become the center of their professional world. Can this book really help you to make a million dollars in a year? That’s a slightly optimistic claim, but it can help any young and hungry would-be business owner to forge their own future on their own terms.
Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time
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This book is perfect for giving all young entrepreneurs hope and inspiration when it comes to starting their own businesses. The stories are unusual, to say the least, but that is part of their charm – and also the reason for their successes.