5 Books You Should Read Before Starting a Business

Have a rockin’ “Eureka!” idea but don’t know what to do about it? Here are five books that’ll give you the basics on setting up a business.  

While there is no one formula for a successful business, there are basics that will help you get started. Learn about it from these must-read books for budding entrepreneurs. 

1. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons 

This is a book that chronicles the author’s own experience. This is not the usual instructional “how-to” book on business. Lyons surprisingly describes his (mid)adventures to readers with wit and charm. 

2. The Business Start-Up Kit by Steven D. Strauss 

Strauss does provide a good startup kit for budding businesspeople. He details everything you need to know plus one or two words of wisdom. This is a must for people who want an overview of the basics.

3. Start Your Own Business by Rieva Lesonsky 

A book co-written by the editors of Entrepreneur Magazine bears the promise: “The only start-up book you’ll ever need.”  Now on its 4th edition, the book fulfills its promise with practical and easy-to-follow advice. It will take you through everything you need, step by step, in the first three years of business

4. Sprint by Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz 

A New York Times best seller, Sprint is a guidebook from Google’s Ventures which explains how you can successfully follow the five-day process for overcoming challenges and testing new ideas. The book gives examples from activities done by companies like Nest, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Slack.

5. Start, Run & Grow a Successful Small Business by Toolkit Media Group 

This is an all-in-one guidebook on starting a successful business as in right from scratch. Learn how to write a business plan and present it to potential investors. Know how to find and hire star employees. It’s all here.