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Books for Starting a Business

Books for Starting a Business

Must-Reads when Starting a Business

Thousands of books are published every year for businesses and entrepreneurs. It can be difficult to wade through the stack to find some gems that will resonate with you and help you find inspiration as you begin your own organization. We’ve rounded up a list of what we think are some of the best books on starting a business for your 2018 reading list.

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship by William Bygrave and Andrew Zacharakis

Although this book is older, it’s still a classic reference book that gives you the basics of identifying a good opportunity and following through with everything from creating your business plan, financing, managing taxes to marketing and selling a business

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

Early decisions made by you and your team can often make or break your business much later. Wasserman draws of years of research and discusses common pitfalls that founders make and provides ways to keep from making those mistakes. After teaching at Harvard for many years, Wasserman is now the founding director of the Founder Central Initiative at the University of Southern California.

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The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great by Joel Peterson

JetBlue chairman Peterson discusses trust in this book. It’s not only about building trust with your leadership team but about respect between customers, clients and employees. Instead of eschewing conflict, as a leader, you have to embrace it to get past the division and find ways to be innovative while maintaining your reputation.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

In this bestseller, Duckworth discusses what drives success, and it’s not genius. Readers will learn from West Point cadets, finalists in the National Spelling Bee, and dozens of high achievers, like JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. This book helps you when you fall down, knowing that talent and luck won’t make the difference, but it’s just the sheer act of getting up and keeping on.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

This autobiography tells the story of TOMS shoes. While it’s not about starting a business, per se, it is about telling your company’s story and being resourceful when you don’t have resources. It’s an inspiring read that will help you create something revolutionary. We think it’s one of the best books for starting a business, just told from the vantage point of a singular entrepreneur.

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams by Sam Walker

This book, published just last year, has been named one of the best business books of the year by, Forbes, and CNBC. Walker dug into the stories of the greatest teams of all time. He looked at their success and what drove these teams to greatness. A pattern of leadership emerged. Walker delves into the core qualities of the captains to understand inspired leadership.

If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat: Strategies for Long-Term Growth by Leonard Sherman

In this inspiring tome, Sherman takes a look at companies that have headed a formidable growth in their industry. JetBlue, IKEA, Yellowtail and Apple are just a few of the phenomenal companies that are examined. This book includes examples of successes and failures, insights into strategy and guidance on how to change your thinking to find long-term profitable growth.

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Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

The military produces some of the most successful men and women, simply by instilling discipline in them. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. It’s difficult to get up each day and overcome obstacles when no one is telling you what to do. Read this book to conquer procrastination, fears, and weakness in yourself to be the best entrepreneur you can be.

Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

Inc. Magazine called this book one of the best motivational books of 2016, which is why it makes our list of best books for starting a business. Cardone offers insight into setting crazy goals and reaching them. He discusses shutting down the doubters and haters. Entrepreneurs, whether new or old, will learn a lot about taking their business to the next level when they become obsessed.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The author of “Eat Pray Love” gives advice on living your best. Entrepreneurs may not think of themselves as artists, but they have to be creative to keep up in today’s marketplace. This book helps you address challenges, embrace curiosity and face your fears. Gilbert earned rave reviews from multiple sources for her work. Every business person would do well to read “Big Magic” to break out of the dull routine and to find creativity that makes their business ventures really shine.

Bonding is important to many businesses. Although these books on starting a business can certainly help you get your business off the ground, to be successful you need much more. To get more information about all types of bonds, contact us today. We work with all different industries and organizations to help you find the structure that keeps your business financially secure.

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We hope you enjoyed this post about books that are helpful when starting a business.  If you have any suggestions, edits, or critiques, feel free to email me at  Thanks, and have a great day.

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