Taking that first step to becoming a startup entrepreneur could be daunting. Your knowledge might not be at the same level as those who’ve been in the business for twenty years and that may scare you. No need to worry as our 5 essential books for tomorrow’s startup entrepreneur will get your mind in the right shape for the road ahead.
How to win friends & influence people
This book is guaranteed to change your life forever. Not only will it teach you all the do’s and don’ts of the social life, but it will also teach you how to be a better entrepreneur. We all know that the digital age has made it harder to be influential outside of the Internet, which is just as important as web influence.
Dale Carnegie breaks down all the steps you need to take in order to make friends with everyone on your startup journey. It teaches you the etiquette of how to overcome competition or how to win over people who are close-minded or simply not interested in your startup. Every young entrepreneur needs to read this book at least once a year, it’s a business classic!
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad. The No.1 seller focuses on the ways in which both men shaped Kiyosaki’s thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
The $100 StartUp
In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.
Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.
The Lean StartUp
In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries reflects upon his experiences as a startup founder to present a new approach to company and product launches. He promotes reducing the time spent on the feedback loop and reducing costs throughout the production process.
A detailed summary and analysis is a useful tool for anyone who wants to understand how lean methods can be applied to startups. This book delivers a clear explanation of the key principles underlying Ries’ approach and the contextual background to his work, in particular the rise of lean management.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late.
Who moved my cheese?
With only 96 pages of wisdom, this book is an easy weekend read. Featuring four mice – Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw – the story looks at the four different personalities and how they can affect your business. This book will enlighten all young entrepreneurs.
It will teach you how to become flexible with your decisions in order to move forward confidently towards your dreams and goals. At the end of the book, it’s recommended to draw a map and position yourself between the four mice, at the personality type that best fits your own.