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 Planning – Copywriting – Finance – Inner Game – Internet Marketing – Leading Your Team – Marketing – Pricing – Profit Improvement – Project Management – Retail Business – Sales Training – Social Media – Specific Niche Markets – Systems – Understanding Buyers
Paul Simister is a business coach who helps business owners who are stuck, get unstuck. If your business is based in the UK, you can have a free Business SOS consultation with me to help you get unstuck.