123 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

In my path to becoming an entrepreneur, I read countless books to increase my knowledge and learn from the best. By learning from the experts, I was able to avoid common mistakes and accelerate my success in the business world.

When starting a business, it might be a good idea to learn from those who have taken the same path as you. The following is a list, with links to purchase, of the best business books I recommend you read to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey.

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  3. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  4. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  5. Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
  6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  7. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  8. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  9. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  10. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
  11. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  12. What Color is My Parachute? by Richard Bolles
  13. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  14. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  15. The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
  16. Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
  17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  18. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  19. Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
  20. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  21. The Consulting Bible by Alan Weiss
  22. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  23. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  24. The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
  25. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
  26. Rework by Jason Fried
  27. Leading Change by John Kotter
  28. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  29. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  30. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  31. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  32. The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
  33. Goals! by Brian Tracy
  34. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  35. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  36. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  37. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  38. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  39. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  40. The Dip by Seth Godin
  41. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
  42. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  43. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  44. The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
  45. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  46. Topgrading by Bradford Smart
  47. Whale Hunting by Tom Searcy
  48. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  49. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  50. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  51. Out of Our Minds by Ken Robinson
  52. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  53. Business Model You by Tim Clark
  54. Switch by Chip & Dan Heath
  55. Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
  56. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  57. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  58. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  59. The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
  60. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  61. Spark by Angie Morgan
  62. Onward by Howard Schultz
  63. Buyer Personas by Adele Revella
  64. The Conversion Code by Chris Smith
  65. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  66. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
  67. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  68. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
  69. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  70. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  71. Hooked by Nir Eyal
  72. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
  73. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
  74. Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
  75. Bold by Peter Diamandis
  76. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
  77. Buyology by Martin Lindstrom
  78. Logo Design Love by David Airey
  79. Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
  80. Positioning by Al Ries
  81. Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
  82. Contagious by Jonah Berger
  83. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries
  84. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
  85. Tribes by Seth Godin
  86. The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman
  87. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
  88. Drive by Daniel Pink
  89. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  90. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
  91. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  92. Grit by Angela Duckworth
  93. Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail
  94. Hyper Sales Growth by Jack Daly
  95. The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
  96. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  97. ProBlogger by Darren Rowse
  98. Stand Out by Dorie Clark
  99. Minimalism by Joshua Fields Millburn
  100. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  101. The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
  102. Quiet by Susan Cain
  103. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  104. Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  105. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  106. The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin
  107. Unshakeable by Tony Robbins
  108. No Excuses! by Brian Tracy
  109. Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
  110. Mastery by Robert Greene
  111. Smarter Better Faster by Charles Duhigg
  112. Born for This by Chris Guillebeau
  113. To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink
  114. Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferriss
  115. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
  116. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
  117. 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn
  118. Make Your Bed by William McRaven
  119. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
  120. The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer
  121. The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
  122. How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger
  123. Letters to My Son by Kent Nerburn

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9 Business Ideas You Can Start From Your Bedroom

You can easily build a business from anywhere, even your bedroom. If you were theoretically locked in your room for months on end, here is a list of ideas that you could start today:

1. E-Commerce Store.

With platforms like WooCommerce and Shopify, you can build a t-shirt or hat store in a few quick steps. I’ve used a dropshipping platform called Printful to automate shipping and manufacturing for my shop.

2. Marketing Agency.

If you have a background promoting businesses, you can tell people you have the skills to help them out. Start with a niche and industry, like social media for restaurants, as an example.

3. Startup App.

If you have a problem that can be solved by an app idea, start building a mobile app. You can use Upwork or Toptal to find developers passionate about your idea. You can then offer them stock options in return for their services.

4. Self-Publishing Empire.

Have some ideas for eBooks? You can be an author by self-publishing your writing on Amazon KDP. If you don’t know how to write well, try hiring ghost writers on Fiverr to help you out.

5. Blog.

Blogs can be a great way to generate business. If you have affiliate marketing set up, companies will pay you to promote their products. WordPress is the gold standard if you’re looking to start a blog today.

6. Freelance / Consulting Firm.

If you have a skill in anything, try freelancing on Upwork or consulting on Clarity.fm.

7. YouTube Brand Channel.

If you like creating videos, try YouTube. If you produce quality content and ideas, you will build a following quickly. With enough views, you will have the opportunity to get paid for advertising when people land on your video.

8. Online Community.

With Slack, you can start a community on any topic and charge a fee or subscription to join.

9. Courses.

With course builders, you can teach others what you know without any effort at all. Check out Thinkific, Udemy and Coursera for learning ideas.

What are you waiting for? Choose one of these ideas and get to work! You now have the resources to make any business dream a reality. Best of luck!

101 Modern Marketing Tips With $0

If you have a limited marketing budget, here are 101 cost-free ways to start promoting your business today:

Social Media

  1. Reach out to influencers on social media and partner for new content.
  2. Re-share blog content on social media. Link back to the original source.
  3. Post product photos on Instagram and Like, Comment and Follow prospects.
  4. Vlog on your daily routine. Publish directly to YouTube.
  5. Capture video shorts and exclusive photos. Post to Snapchat + Instagram Stories.
  6. Compile videos and create a Weekly Highlights documentary for YouTube or Vimeo.
  7. Search for new business opportunities on Twitter.com/search. Reach out and solve their problems.
  8. Answer questions on Quora to show your industry expertise.
  9. Join Reddit and participate in relevant community forums.
  10. Create a branded hashtag for Twitter and Instagram. Use it everywhere in your communications.
  11. Connect to LinkedIn alumni. You already have something in common with them.
  12. Ask for LinkedIn introductions to get warm referrals.
  13. Get involved with LinkedIn Groups or start your own.
  14. Add Facebook Messenger to your website to receive live chat inquiries to your phone.
  15. Add shop and product photos to Pinterest to reach new marketing channel.
  16. Collaborate with influencers on Musical.ly to reach a younger demographic.
  17. Improve your LinkedIn Summary to convert more viewers to take action on new product releases.
  18. Become a LinkedIn Influencer to build your brand credibility.
  19. Like, Comment and Follow the Followers of your competitors on Instagram.
  20. Take a product photo and crop it into 9 squares. Post the 9 squares on Instagram as a grid to stand out.
  21. Manage multiple social media accounts and post scheduling with Hootsuite or Buffer.
  22. Export your CV/Resume from LinkedIn and share background story with prospects.
  23. Add emojis to your customer communications to become more personalized and human.
  24. Ask customers if they could share their photos with your product on Instagram.
  25. Share popular blog posts on Twitter and then @ mention the original publisher to ping them.
  26. Include a call-to-action URL link in your Instagram bio. Use a pointer emoji to say “Shop Now”, etc.
  27. Change your Instagram bio link to a specific landing page to focus on a special promotion.
  28. Standardize your brand messaging and voice by ensuring you speak the same on all social media.

Blogging

  1. Guest post for the top blogs in your niche or relevant niche.
  2. Start a blog with WordPress or Medium.
  3. Invite others to write on your blog.
  4. Write a press release for your local newspaper. Include a link to your website.
  5. Use headers in your blog to break up long-form content (just like this guide).
  6. Interview your staff, customers and other experts. Publish findings on your blog / vlog / podcast.
  7. Create a “how-to” series, then publish and share.
  8. Capture behind-the-scenes video footage and share.
  9. Have staff handle your content marketing if they are a millennial crowd. Train them on best practices.
  10. Write 500-800 words of quality content on your blog consistently. This will boost your SEO organically.

Digital

  1. Create an FAQ webpage to answer common objections from prospects.
  2. Launch a podcast – the voice recorder on your phone is all you need. Publish feed on iTunes.
  3. Write an eBook and publish on Amazon.
  4. Create a course on Thinkific, Udemy or Coursera.
  5. Host Google Hangouts webinars to educate live online.
  6. Broadcast interviews and events with YouTube Live.
  7. Set up a Clarity account to offer coaching and mentoring sessions.
  8. Join Fiverr to sell a service.
  9. Launch a new idea on Kickstarter.
  10. Improve the page speed of your website to convert more visitors. Reduce image sizes and animations.
  11. Create a contact form on your website to capture new leads.
  12. Use Google Sheets to build your CRM. Don’t get fancy.
  13. Apply for Upwork projects. Share your freelance profile.
  14. Set up a Google My Business page to promote your physical space in search.
  15. Record video walkthroughs with Loom video capture.
  16. Set up a Calendly account to capture booking details and emails. Add Calendly link to your webpage.
  17. If you start growing and need more CRM features, use Streak or Insightly. Still free to start.
  18. Set up an online portfolio page with About.me.
  19. Use Unsplash for free professional photography.
  20. Set meetings in Google Calendar. Include location and reminders for guests.
  21. Host video calls / product demos with Hangouts / Skype.
  22. Use Canva to create beautiful marketing collateral and graphic designs for communications.
  23. Build your marketing processes with Process.st checklists.
  24. Build an automated marketing calendar with reminders of activities through Process.st.
  25. Use Craigslist to market a job opportunity.
  26. Use Craigslist to market your products / services.
  27. Revive old media living in your cloud folder. Make links public and share.
  28. Create an Our Team webpage to build trust between your staff and prospects.
  29. Gather customer feedback to learn what prospects want with a Google Forms NPS survey.
  30. Make product prices higher on website and then discount with a sales promotion.
  31. Create a free product as a way to get prospects to buy a full product version later. The freemium model.
  32. Build a referral form and ask friends to fill it out if they know others who should check you out.
  33. Create animated photos using Giphy.
  34. Take your photography skills to a new level by placing the focal object off-center.
  35. Take your photos to an even better level by adding filters pre-share.
  36. Use Google Drawings to create quick artwork and designs for your social feeds. For the artist-types.
  37. Use AutoDraw to transform your scribbles into art.

Email

  1. Launch an Email Marketing campaign on MailChimp to nurture your prospects to buy.
  2. Use your local business directory listing to gather 100+ emails per day. Reach out with a free eBook offer.
  3. Share your social pages with your email list.
  4. Set up an email subscription form on your website with a free content offer if a visitor subscribes.
  5. Use Gmail for email messaging. Add site and social media links to your signature line.
  6. Email prospects with an automated drip campaign in MailChimp. Take them from intro to purchase.

Offline

  1. Launch a live event at your location next week. Send invites through email and social media.
  2. Speak at a school about your business and passion.
  3. Cross-promote with your neighboring business.
  4. Reach out to distributors to expand your product reach.
  5. Ask for referrals. Everyone has friends.
  6. Get your product in local coffee shops, bookstores and grocery stores.
  7. Attend free local trade shows or networking events and collect business cards. Add to mailing list.
  8. Host or attend a Meetup group.
  9. Offer pro bono services in exchange for qualified referrals.
  10. Build partnerships by referring opportunities to other businesses.
  11. Provide a service in exchange for a service that addresses your business shortcomings.
  12. Ensure prices include the “left-digit” effect – $19.99 is psychologically more attractive than $20.00.
  13. Experiment by increasing prices drastically. Prospects can value a perceived higher quality and price.
  14. Once the prospect is interested in your initial products, upsell and cross-sell your other products.
  15. Ask customers for referrals, either via face-to-face, email or social media.
  16. Place products in coffee shops or random areas and take photos. Experiment with Guerrilla marketing.
  17. Build a brand ambassador program to acknowledge your top fans.
  18. Ask personalized questions to identify prospect pain points.
  19. Finish every conversation with “how can I help you”. Look for every opportunity to provide value.
  20. Be helpful with your knowledge, experience, advice and tips and avoid being pushy with Sales.

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