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5 Books to Read Before Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business is no easy feat. You might have a great, profitable idea, but putting it into action and building a business from the ground up involves research, knowledge, and proper execution. Rest assured, there are plenty of great books out there to provide you with the resources you need to be a successful entrepreneur. Here are our five must-read books for starting your own business:

The Entrepreneur Mind:

100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by [Johnson, Kevin D.]

To be an elite entrepreneur, you have to think like one. Kevin D. Johnson, president of Johnson Media Inc., a multi-million dollar company, has been a successful entrepreneur for the past several years. Through his own experiences and the inspirational stories of elite business tycoons, Johnson tells you how to develop a mindset that achieves financial wealth and business success.

Blueprint to Business:

An Entrepreneurs’s Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, and Doing the Things That Most People Won’t

Michael Alden, like our first author, is founder and CEO of a multimillion-dollar company. In addition, he is also a television host and bestselling author. His original mantra and the overall message of his first two books is “give more, get more,” showing readers how to get more out yourself, your life, and those around you. This book is a real-world guidebook to starting your own business, covering the inevitable pitfalls you will face and giving strategies on how to overcome them. As a budding entrepreneur, one of the best things you can ask for is real advice from someone who knows the hardships that will come your way, and has solutions to help you grow personally and in your business.

The Art of Startup Fundraising:

Pitching Investors, Negotiating the Deal, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know


One the most pressing challenges startups face is raising money. Financing a startup has become more complicated by the fact that money is moving online. Alejando Cremades knows a thing or two about fundraising in the digital world as the co-founder and executive chairman of Onevest, the world’s largest digital-first, invitation only investor network. New regulations and online fundraising mean new territory to navigate, and as the old advice become increasingly relevant, this book is an easy-to-follow guide on how to raise startup money in the digital world of finance. Every business needs financing, and having the most relevant information will keep you one step ahead.

The Startup Checklist:

25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

While most entrepreneurship books lean towards strategy, this book is a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide for how to get started with your new business. David S. Rose, an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and angel investor, how founded or funded over 90 companies. He is uniquely qualified to explain the ins and outs of getting a startup off the ground, including management, legal issues, execution, and more. This book will tell you exactly what you need and when you need it, providing an essential resource for any type of startup.

The Lean Startup:

How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by [Ries, Eric]

Thus far, the books we have listed have to do with having the right mindset, useful strategies, how to finance your business, and how to get it off the ground. Once you have everything in place to get your business started – then what? Eric Ries, entrepreneur and author the blog Startup Lessons Learned, explains how continuous innovation will take you from a startup to a legitimately successful business. This book is a new approach to building and launching new products, keeping your business not only relevant, but ahead of the curve.


Starting your own business involves many factors besides a good idea. It takes the right mindset, sheer will power, investment capital, startup knowlege, and continuous innovation to start and build a successful business. With these five books, you’ll have a great foundation of tools to turn your great idea into a full-fledged entrepreneurial achievement. Start reading today!

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