Other than starting a business yourself, the best way to learn about business is to read the best books on the subject. You can learn a lot from blog posts, but at the end of the day books contain far more useful information. My home library is filled with books from great businessmen both of the past and of today, so narrowing the list down to just a few is really difficult. I think I have the perfect ones, finally! Here are my personal favorite books on business.
How to Get Rich – Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis was a British multi billionaire and the owner of the magazine Maxim. He created an empire of magazine publishing in the UK and the US, as well as a few smaller countries. How To Get Rich tells his personal stories, his mistakes, and his advice for young and hungry entrepreneurs. He is also an amateur poet, and he writes like a true artist. I read the whole book in 2 days, because it was impossible to put down. This will without a doubt be one of the most enjoyable business books you will ever read.
The E-Myth Revisited
This book is all about being an entrepreneur. It details the dos and don’ts of really businessmen or woman’s life, and how to avoid the mistakes that everyone makes starting out. If you really take the advice to heart and do what he says, you will have a lot of success in what you do. It even has a section specifically for women entrepreneurs, and the unique challenges they face. Top Ladies Secret has similar advice for women that can really benefit a lot of female entrepreneurs!
Speaking of female entrepreneurs, Nicole Lapin’s book Boss B**** is a great resource for women looking to get in business. I have not personally read this book which is why I’m making this a subsection, but I have several female colleagues that recommend it. Between this book and this great website for women’s needs, you will have no problem kickstarting your entrepreneurial career!
Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance
Elon Musk is unique among modern business owners. While most people in business today are copying the same old ideas and trying to make a little more than the competition, Musk is reinventing whole industries. He has destroyed the monopoly that Boeing held over the US aerospace market, and has the single most recognizable electric car on the market, the Tesla. Elon Musks biography tells his story, starting as a prodigy in Africa, detailed his creation of PayPal, and chronicling the rise of SpaceX and Tesla, as well as his other projects. It shows the ugly as well as the good; how horrible he can be to some employees, how unfeeling and arrogant he often is; but that’s just how business works. There are some good, and some bad. Overall this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to going into business in the tech space.