Top 10 books for start up businesses

Top 10 books for start up businesses

If you have recently set up your own business, or if you are dreaming of doing so, it's a good idea to read the wise words of successful entrepreneurs who were once in your position.

These kinds of books can open your eyes to ideas and concepts you may have not been introduced to, giving you the information you need to launch your business with confidence. While there is no one-size-fits-all 'How To' guide, a collection of quality books can provide the inspiration and wisdom you need once you've taken the plunge and started your own business. Here are some of the most recommended books for start-ups:

1. Will It Fly? Thomas K. McKnight

This book features a 44-item checklist, drawn from McKnight's extensive experience in business launches, and is ideal for evaluating your entrepreneurial ideas. It takes you through everything from your business attitude to exit strategies, helping you work out if you stand a chance of becoming successful.

2. Start Your Business In 7 Days, James Caan

The premise of the book is that James Caan will hold your hand for a week, while you ask yourself questions such as: Is my idea really a business? Does my costing work? Have I put together the right team? Dragon Den's Caan certainly has the authority to write this book, so his tips have real substance.

3. The Fire Starter Sessions, Danielle LaPort

This well-written, self-help book is designed to give you the nudge you need when launching your business. It features 16 'start-up' sessions and will get you in the motivated mind frame for your business journey ahead.

4. Start, Run & Grow A Successful Small Business, Toolkit Media Group

While some books are designed to be a pleasant read, this is more of a go-to reference bible. It covers everything – from payroll to hiring and firing methods – with checklists and forms.

5. The Business Planning Guide, David H. Bangs Jr.

This no-nonsense book gets rid of the jargon and tells it how it is. With insider tips and tricks from a former banker and entrepreneur, this is a great choice for start-ups.

6. The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki

Offering insider information with golden nuggets of advice (such as how to make investors want to give you money and how to motivate staff), this book covers a range of stages throughout the start-up process.

7. Escape From Cubicle Nation, Pamela Slim

If you have recently made the leap and given up employment to become your own boss, this book will certainly confirm you've made the right decision. Escape From Cubicle Nation will re-energise you and reinforce your commitment in your start-up business.

8. The PayPal Wars, Eric M. Jackson

This recount of the history of PayPal, as told by former insider Eric Jackson, shows how a start-up was successful in Silicon Valley, how they survived the crash and faced serious challenges along the way. A fascinating read for any entrepreneur.

9. Losing My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity is an inspiring memoir which takes a look at the business successes of this very public figure. It's a highly motivational book and is full of lessons he's learnt along the way. You could learn a lesson or two by reading this, too.

10. Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton

Said to be the "ultimate 21st century business story" this book describes how an inexperienced start-up became a multimillion dollar business. Last year, Twitter was said to be worth $11.5 billion, the story of which will expose, shock and inspire.


For more tips on sucessfully etablishing and running a start up, read our guides on how to promote your start up and ways to avoid start up failure.

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