Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Freedom Shortcut: How Anyone Can Generate True Passive Income Online, Escape the 9-5, and Live Anywhere

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Ever dream of kissing your 9-5 job goodbye? Most believe that 'college - get a job - retire at 65' is the only option in life, including us. So that's what we "chose" to do. About a week into working our first full-time jobs, something became extremely obvious.  This sucks. We couldn't envision a reality where we'd truly be happy spending the majority of my waking days working hard at a job to help someone else's dreams come true. What do we get in exchange? A cute little paycheck that can just cover rent, food, and other bills we need to survive. Call us naive and entitled, but we swore to ourselves that we'd never settle for a life like that. A few years later, we're here to share the tale of exactly how we escaped the rat race and how we've helped thousands of others do the same. The Freedom Shortcut is your step-by-step guide to creating your own income online so you never have to rely on a job to get paid. And I'm not talking about the kind of income where you grind out 10 hours days behind your laptop to make a little bit of cash. I'm talking about the kind of income where you don't open your computer for 6 months to travel all around the world, yet deposits continue to hit your bank account every month on repeat. That's passive income. Warren Buffett said it best - "If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die." The Freedom Shortcut walks you through 6 modules: The Foundations - Everything you need to know about how passive income and the business model works. Choose - Choosing your niche Outsource - Outsourcing the hard work to experts Launch - Launching for maximum sales Multiply - Multiplying your income streams Discoveries - What We Learned From Helping 10,000+ Students The power this book holds is the equivalent to that of a college degree , except it'll take you months instead of years to start making money, you won't accumulate any debt, and the end result will be a life of freedom and autonomy rather than a life of being overworked and underpaid at a 9-5. Scroll up and hit the buy button now to discover the new method thousands have used to shortcut their way to freedom.

  • Author: Mikkelsen Twins
  • Publisher: Publishing Life; 1st edition (May 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money


2. Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century (Think and Grow Rich Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Please note that this item is a roughcut (deckle edge) edition Think and Grow Rich has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one. In the original Think and Grow Rich , published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.

  • Author: Napoleon Hill
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Revised & enlarged edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Personal Finance
  • ISBN: 978-1585424337
  • Dimensions: 5.05 x 0.9 x 7.12 inches


3. $1000 100 Ways: How Real People Make Real Money on the Side (and how you can too): ($1K 100 Ways)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

No theory. Just results. $1K 100 Ways is your side hustle "sampler platter" — you'll get a quick profile of 100 different entrepreneurs to see: How they got their side hustle idea How much it cost to start How they found their initial traction or customers Their favorite marketing strategies How long it took to reach $1000 in profit Their mistakes along the way and more According to a recent study, 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in a savings account. Worse, 45% reported having $0 in a savings account! I don’t have to tell you—if you’re in that position, you know it’s a fragile way to live. You’re one unexpected expense, one missed paycheck, one surprise layoff away from taking on more debt. This book is about creating some financial margin in your life. What do I mean by margin? Margin is the gap between your income and your expenses. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, or spending nearly everything you make, you don’t have any margin. Think of it like financial breathing room. Life becomes a lot less stressful and a lot more fun when you have some breathing room in your budget. But the truth is, most people don’t. Nearly four out of five families live paycheck to paycheck. It doesn’t have to be that way. Real people are making real money on the side—on their own terms. This book shares their stories. Scroll up and order now to start (or accelerate) your own side hustle journey! I'd love to include YOU in the sequel :)

  • Author: Nick Loper
  • Publisher: Bryck Media, LLC (July 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money


4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

The inspiring, life-changing best seller by the author of Leaders Eat Last and Together Is Better . In 2009 Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work and, in turn, inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who've watched his TED Talk based on Start with Why - the third most popular TED video of all time. Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with why. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the why behind it. Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way - and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

  • Author: Simon Sinek
  • Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture, Motivation & Self-Improvement


5. Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

“A deeply reported and business-savvy chronicle of Tesla's wild ride.” — Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review   The outrageous inside story of Elon Musk and Tesla's bid to build the world's greatest car—from award-winning Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins Elon Musk is among the most controversial titans of Silicon Valley. To some he's a genius and a visionary; to others he's a mercurial huckster. Billions of dollars have been gained and lost on his tweets; his personal exploits are the stuff of tabloids. But for all his outrageous talk of mind-uploading and space travel, his most audacious vision is the one closest to the ground: the electric car. When Tesla was founded in the 2000s, electric cars were novelties, trotted out and thrown on the scrap heap by carmakers for more than a century. But where most onlookers saw only failure, a small band of Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs saw potential. The gas-guzzling car was in need of disruption; the world was ready for Car 2.0. So they pitted themselves against the biggest, fiercest business rivals in the world, setting out to make a car that was quicker, sexier, smoother, cleaner than the competition. But as the saying goes, to make a small fortune in cars, start with a big fortune. Tesla would undergo a truly hellish fifteen years, beset by rivals, pressured by investors, hobbled by whistleblowers, buoyed by its loyal supporters. Musk himself would often prove Tesla's worst enemy--his antics more than once took the company he had initially funded largely with his own money to the brink of collapse. Was he an underdog, an antihero, a conman, or some combination of the three? Wall Street Journal tech and auto reporter Tim Higgins had a front-row seat for the drama: the pileups, wrestling for control, meltdowns, and the unlikeliest outcome of all, success. A story of power, recklessness, struggle, and triumph, Power Play is an exhilarating look at how a team of eccentrics and innovators beat the odds--and changed the future.

  • Author: Tim Higgins
  • Publisher: Doubleday (August 3, 2021)
  • Genre: Business & Money, Finance
  • ISBN: 978-0385545457
  • Dimensions: 6.39 x 1.4 x 9.58 inches


6. Startup Evolution Curve From Idea to Profitable and Scalable Business: Startup Marketing Manual

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

It's like an IKEA guide for building your next startup. Based on global research of 1,447 startups and highly recommended by more than 30 international experts. It's not a book you read in a day, but like a manual you take with you and consult from time to time. Every startup founder should have it on the desk! Shows The Way Donatas Jonikas (PhD) provides clear and actionable guidelines for what to do next if you want to transform your innovative ideas into profitable and scalable business: What should be done and why it is needed Actionable steps and how to do it Real case startup examples References for further reading Templates and swipe files for download Saves Your Time This step-by-step guide is designed for people who don't have time and want to take action right now. If this describes you, here is how you should use this book: Choose one of the five startup development stages you are currently most interested in Review the topics to get of what should be done in that stage Review the "how to do it" infographic at the beginning of the topic and follow the instructions Covers All That's Necessary The concept of Startup Evolution Curve has five stages with seven lessons (or tasks to be done) in each. This is a comprehensive manual with 35 lessons on startup marketing strategy and implementation that covers: Feasibility study Hypotheses and experiments Fundraising Product launch Growth hacking Provides Additional Resources for FREE 20 templates and swipe files for download Online video course on how to create an irresistible offer Invitation to join the group of like-minded startup entrepreneurs

  • Author: Dr. Donatas Jonikas
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Business & Money


7. Future Proofing You: Twelve Truths for Creating Opportunity, Maximizing Wealth, and Controlling Your Destiny in an Uncertain World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Are you tired of just paying bills until you die? Are you wasting your life at a job that doesn't make you fulfilled or financially secure? Then Future Proofing You is for you. In this life-changing book, celebrated author and entrepreneur Jay Samit, who's worked with such visionaries as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Reid Hoffman, and hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, shares the key understandings and step-by-step process for becoming rich and never needing another job again. To prove the power of his Twelve Truths, Samit also details the journey of how he mentored a broke millennial with these principles and empowered him to go from being on welfare to becoming a self-made millionaire in one year.   Building upon the principles in his internationally acclaimed book Disrupt You! , Samit explains: how to identify an idea and market to start your business; how to build a virtual company with little or no capital; the latest free software tools for managing your business; ways to get a piece of a trillion-dollar opportunity bigger than mobile; how to harness the three primary fears of others to generate more sales; strategies for finding the right mentors to accelerate your success; and techniques to structure any deal for creating recurring revenue and lasting wealth.

  • Author: Jay Samit
  • Genre: Business & Money, Business Culture, Motivation & Self-Improvement


8. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you? All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations: personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical. The Entrepreneurial Operating System is a practical method for achieving the business success you have always envisioned. More than 2,000 companies have discovered what EOS can do. In Traction , you’ll learn the secrets of strengthening the six key components of your business. You’ll discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company that will give you and your leadership team more focus, more growth, and more enjoyment. Successful companies are applying Traction every day to run profitable, frustration-free businesses - and you can too.

  • Author: Gino Wickman
  • Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Leadership & Motivation


9. 12 Months to $1 Million: How to Pick a Winning Product, Build a Real Business, and Become a Seven-Figure Entrepreneur

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Your road map to a seven-figure one year or less By cutting out the noise and providing a clear and proven plan, this road map helps even brand-new entrepreneurs make decisions quickly, get their product up for sale, and launch it to a crowd that is ready and waiting to buy. This one-year plan will guide you through the three stages to your first $1 million: The Grind (Months 0-4): This step-by-step plan will help you identify a winning product idea, target customers that are guaranteed to buy, secure funding, and take your first sale within your first four months. The Growth (Months 5-8): Once you're in business, you will discover how to use cheap and effective advertising strategies to get your product to at least 25 sales per day, so you can prove you have a profitable business. The Gold (Months 9-12): It's time to establish series of products available for sale, until you are averaging at least 100 sales per day, getting you closer to the million-dollar mark every single day. Through his training sessions at, Ryan Daniel Moran has helped new and experienced entrepreneurs launch scalable and sustainable online businesses. He's seen more than 100 entrepreneurs cross the seven-figure barrier, many of whom go on to sell their businesses. If your goal is to be a full-time entrepreneur, get ready for one chaotic, stressful, and rewarding year. If you have the guts to complete it, you will be the proud owner of a million-dollar business and be in a position to call your own shots for life.

  • Author: Ryan Daniel Moran
  • Genre: Business & Money, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship


10. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Small Business & Entrepreneurship - August 2021

Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange. Progress comes from monopoly, not competition. If you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody else, you have a monopoly - and every business is successful exactly insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole. Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel has learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. The single most powerful pattern Thiel has noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas. Ask not, what would Mark do? Ask: What valuable company is nobody building?

  • Author: Peter Thiel
  • Genre: Business & Money, Job Hunting & Careers, Guides