Starting a business takes a leap of faith. But even leaps of faith can have prepared legs. You can find information on just about anything imaginable these days, and starting a business is no different. From books to blogs to websites to audio disks, the world is chalked full of self-help and how-to resources. Some are great, some are good, and some just… aren’t. For you intrepid entrepreneurs out there, here is a list of five must-read books before starting your own business:
Will It Fly? How to Know if Your New Business Idea Has Wings…Before You Take the Leap by Thomas K. McKnight
Most entrepreneurs constantly have a million business ideas running through their heads all the time. This book will help you sift through those ideas to find the ones that will succeed. With a 44-item checklist, this book will guide you to a clear idea of what your chances of success are. Save yourself and your investors time in the future by reading this book now.
The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
No matter kind of business you have, you’re going to need to sell. Whether you’re selling your ideas to investors or your product you customers, you need to be persuasive. You need to make people believe in your product just as much as you do. This book is best kept for reference and flipped through often. Best of all, there are cartoons on just about every page to keep you creative types entertained.
Good Luck: Creating the Conditions for Success in Life and Business by Alex Rovira and Fernando Trias de Bes
This is a short read of motivational parables. This book will teach you how to seize opportunities in your life and create your own luck. It’s charming and easy to read but loaded with helpful insight.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
It’s impossible not to get fired up when reading this book and after all, isn’t that half the battle when starting your own business — staying motivated? It’s so easy to get discouraged from speed bumps in the road, but Tim Ferriss’ book will constantly remind you that it’s all worth it.
The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship by William D. Bygrave
This is another one you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf and reference throughout the years. Every six months or so, pick up this book and rediscover advice that has now become applicable to your ever-growing business. This book is filled with curriculum of leading business schools, but without the cost of earning a traditional MBA degree. And let’s face it, when you’re starting your own company, who cares if you have a piece of paper that says you know business?
Starting a business is scary enough, but do yourself a favor and make it a little less scary by reading these books first. They’ll help you feel prepared, motivated, and ready to take on the world. Take that leap of faith! Just make sure you’re packing these books.