Let’s not beat around the bush, most, if not all of us have the dream of being our very own boss. You get to call all the shots, pursue your true passion and even take Fridays off if you want. But anyone who has ever started their own business will tell you that the first steps in self-employment are always a bit wobbly.
If you’re looking for some guidance or an injection of inspiration, why not learn the tricks of the trade from the best in the business? Make your journey to the top that bit smoother with these all-time best reads for first-time entrepreneurs.
1. The Startup of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman
If you could pick any successful entrepreneur’s brain, LinkedIn’s co-founder and chairman, Reid Hoffman should be first on the list. This is a great read if you’re still working part-time or have started a side hustle after hours and are struggling to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur. In his book The Startup of You, Hoffman teaches you how to tap into an entrepreneurial mindset and see your success through a new lens.
2. The $100 Startup by Chris Gillebeau
Starting a business on a tight budget is incredibly difficult and demotivating at times, but Chris Gillebeau’s The $100 Startup shows us that it’s not impossible. In his book, Gillebeau shares the success stories of 50 entrepreneurs who all started out with a couple of dollars in their pocket and now turn over millions each year. Be inspired by these incredible stories and take a few notes on how you can cut costs and make the most of your budget.
3. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
One hard truth about becoming an entrepreneur is that you’re never going to succeed in your comfort zone wearing your plush jammies. In Crush It, author and serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk digs into this uncomfortable truth, teaching you how to pursue your passions and reinvent the rules for yourself. If you need a push or are lacking the confidence to take the leap, then this book is for you.
4. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
In Founders at Work, author Jessica Livingston goes back to the very beginning of some of the most famous success stories, including the founder of PayPal, YouTube and TripAdvisor. Leaf through the inspiring pages and discover how these entrepreneurs transformed a single idea into a multi-million-dollar company.
5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The world is changing, and so is the way we start and run businesses. In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries introduces a new and innovative methodology that encourages entrepreneurs to take a more simplified, scientific approach to business planning. Through a series of tried-and-tested techniques, the book aims to lead entrepreneurs on a successful path to a sustainable business.
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