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Best Business Start-Up Books

With so many things to think about when starting a business, it is useful to have several business start-up books to guide you and answer your many questions.

Are You Feeling Excited And Scared Almost At The Same Time?

This is both an exciting and scary time.

Exciting because you’re creating something that might have an impact on the rest of your life. Scary because you’ll be outside of the safety net provided by full time employment and regular wages or salaries.

Quite simply, as a business owner, the saying “you eat what you kill” applies. If you don’t earn it, you can’t spend it.. or at least not for long.

Paul’s Three Tips For Business Start-Ups

Three quick tips for you:

1 – Concentrate on getting customers. It’s often much harder than you expect.

2 – Conserve your cash. It is very easy to spend, much harder to earn and your cash reserves may be needed to tide you over until your business gets established.

3 – Be prepared to take advice when it’s offered and more importantly, ask for help when you need it.

The Best Business Start-Up Books

You will only see the books I’ve rated at Four Stars (meaning good and well worth reading) and Five Stars (excellent and very highly recommended). Reviews of lower rated books appear on Amazon.co.uk but I haven’t brought the reviews across to my own website.

If you read my reviews, you’ll see I try to explain why I like them but also to identify any weaknesses. My job as a reviewer is to help you to find the most appropriate books rather than to help sell more books.

On that note, if you do decide to buy, I’d appreciate it if you could click through to Amazon on my links as (hopefully) I’ll earn a small referral commission.

Some of these books can be very expensive so, if you’re happy with a hard back or paperback book, take a look at the second hand options on Amazon. Personally I only buy if the condition is described as “As New” or “Very Good” unless I’m really keen and forced to drop down to “Good”.

Five Star Business Start-Up Books

The Five Star Business Start-Up Books featured are:

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn

This book will help you “test drive” your business idea before you start spending much money and time. Useful for general businesses but mainly targeted at Internet businesses.

Crackerjack Positioning: Niche Marketing Strategy for the Entrepreneur by Don Reynolds

Start as you mean to go on by having your focus targeted on a clear and specific niche.

Loan Sharp: Get the business finance you deserve by Rob Warlow

An excellent book to read if you need to raise money to launch or expand your business.

Four Star Business Start-Up Books

Wake Up and Change Your Life by Duncan Bannatyne

43 Mistakes Businesses Make by Duncan Bannatyne

Start at the End by David Lavinsky

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

The Beermat Entrepreneur by Mike Southan and Chris West

All my four and five star reviews of business start-up books are listed further down the page.

Some times, the best books are those that specialise in your particular industry or trade. They can give you inside knowledge of what is needed to succeed although too often, they are cookie cutter books where the author cuts and pastes one industry for another. You can check this by clicking on the author’s name at Amazon.

Other Categories of Best Business Books

Other categories of books that you might want to consider include:

Business PlanningCopywritingFinanceInner GameInternet MarketingLeading Your TeamMarketingPricingProfit ImprovementProject ManagementRetail BusinessSales TrainingSocial MediaSpecific Niche MarketsSystemsUnderstanding Buyers

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Buy Then Build by Walker Deibel

The full title of this book by Walker Deibel is

Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a Four Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

Very well written guide to being an acquisition entrepreneur

Can you succeed by buying a business? [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Robert Ashton is

Brilliant Checklists for Entrepreneurs: Your Shortcut to Success

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

Helpful and useful

This book brings two of my main business principles into potential conflict. These are: [continue reading…]

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Small Business Financial Management by Ivan Houston

The full title of this book by Ivan Houston is

Small Business Financial Management: How to organise and manage the finances in your small business

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

Helpful but I’m not sure it has the right title

I’ve been looking for a good book on financial management to recommend to clients. My all-time favourite is called “The Genghis Khan Guide to Business” but it’s been out of print for a long time. Occasionally second hand copies pop up for sale on Amazon.

For my purposes, this starts at too low a level but I think anyone thinking about starting a business will find it very helpful.

Reading the book, it is very clear that the author works in the accounting profession rather than as a financial manager/ director in industry and commerce. There is a surprisingly big difference in perspective.

I split it into three roles
1) book-keeping – that is recording financial transactions
2) accounting – the reporting of financial transactions and hopefully forecasting future results.
3) financial management – which for me is being involved or even making the decisions that directly contribute to the financial health of the business.

There isn’t enough content in that third category.

I like the book but it isn’t what I was looking for or expecting based on the title. I recommend it for new business owners.

You can buy the book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

There are many thousand of business books, you can see the full list of my reviews at Business Books Reviews by Paul Simister (Please click). I've also narrowed these down to a list of the 12 Best Business Books For Business Owners & Entrepreneurs (Please click).

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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The full title of this book by Eric Ries is

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 5 Stars rating. This means it is Excellent.

Here is my book review.

An essential essential book for start-up entrepreneurs

I read this book years ago but never got around to reviewing it. I’ve just read it two more times in the last year. It is that good.

I see it as an essential book for start-up entrepreneurs. It is packed with important truths. [continue reading…]

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Summary: Money Hunt: Review and Analysis of Spencer and Ennico’s Book

The book that has been summarised this time is “Money Hunt: 27 New Rules for Creating and Growing a Breakaway Business” by Miles Spencer and Cliff Ennico.

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I gave this summary Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Packed with uncommon sense

In this book summary, there are 27 rules for small business startup success.

I hadn’t heard of the original book but this came up on searches and after the third or fourth time, I was intrigued enough to look for it. Reading the reviews, it sounded very good but was expensive, even second hand. [continue reading…]

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Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Pat Flyinn is

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co,uk, I gave the book a rating of FIVE STARS. This means it is one of the few books I consider to be excellent.

Here is my book review.

An excellent guide to test-driving your new business before the blood, sweat and tears start to flow

This is a super book to help you assess your exciting idea for a new business before you fully commit to it.

Whilst many of the ideas can be carried across to the physical world, it’s particularly suitable for information marketing and app/software development. [continue reading…]

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The Beermat Entrepreneur by Mike Southan and Chris West

The full title of this book by Mike Southan and Chris West is

The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn Your Good Idea Into A Great Business“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Four Stars level. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

This book lays down a path for aspiring entrepreneurs to build a big business.

That last bit of the sentence is important. This is not a book for someone who wants to build a nice small business with a steady income. [continue reading…]

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43 Mistakes Businesses Make by Duncan Bannatyne

The full title of this book by Duncan Bannatyne is

43 Mistakes Businesses Make…and How to Avoid Them: Your Expert Guide to Better Business“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Four Stars. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Good for anyone thinking about starting a business

In my opinion, this book is very much targeted at the business start-up market as a guide of what to look out for or what to think about before you start out.

Most people who have already started a business get rapid feedback if things aren’t right – potential customers don’t buy, staff don’t do things right and the bank balance shoots downwards at an alarming rate. [continue reading…]

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Wake Up and Change Your Life by Duncan Bannatyne

In my review of

Wake Up and Change Your Life by Duncan Bannatyne

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave this book Four Stars.

This means that I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Recommended for anyone thinking about starting a business

This book provides the inspiration for you to move from thinking and talking about starting your own business to actually making the commitment to literally change your life.

It’s a no nonsense guide to getting your idea developed and your business started. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur is

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers“.

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means that it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

More style than substance

This is a remarkable triumph of visual design. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book like it before.

I have some criticisms about how easy it is to read and the fact that the content is more style over substance. For one thing, to create space for all the funky images, the words are in a small font. I was OK but I know that some people will struggle.

I really like the idea of the one page Business Model Canvas which is described as “a shared language for describing, visualising, assessing and changing business models.” It looks very useful to summarise your existing business model and for moving towards better ways to create, deliver and capture value. [continue reading…]

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