5 Top Books to Read Before YOU Start Your Business ! (Blog)


Hello everybody and a special  “whats up” to all my loyal readers ( big cashers) it’s Darrell back at you today  with a  share titled “5 Top Books to Read Before YOU Start Your Business”.

I love to read and I love to learn. My passion for reading has really helped  me understand people, places and things.

And reading other books were useless. However I have come across some phenomenal reads that have helped change my perspective in my journey to business success.

Ladies and gentlemen if you are considering starting a blog or a business of your own. Do not take a step further until you have read the books I will recommend in this post.

According to  Entrepreneur  17 of the top 100 Kindle books in 2012 were self-published,the number gets higher each year.

Take what you  learn from reading these books and apply it to create a successful path for yourself.

1.The $ 100 Startup ( Chris Guillebeau)


The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

The $ 100 Startup is a book I really enjoyed reading. Chris Guillebeau shows how you can leverage your natural talent or long-loved hobby to build a thriving business.

He shows case studies of entrepreneurs who have built businesses earning more than $ 50,000 from budgets (often $ 100 or less)

If you’re looking to build a small business that allows you to lead a location independent lifestyle this is the book that will point you in the right direction.

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2.The 4-Hour Work Week ( Tim Ferrris)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book strongly rejects the traditional approach to life planning where people work their butt off: take very little time off from work over the years and save up money for retirement.

Tim talks about building a business that works for you and not a business that you work for (get it? )  It is about having a lifestyle where you are in control and not one where circumstances dictate your activities

Tim Ferris wrote the 4-Hour Work Week for those looking to maximize their productivity and freedom. The book is an excellent read so good it was on the New York Times bestseller list for years.

Many entrepreneurs consider Tim Ferris the ultimate business guru and he has a huge devoted following to prove it.

So what’s in the 4-hour work week:

It includes Tim Ferris story of having a lifestyle of $ 40,000 per year and 80 work hours per week to $ 40,000 per month and 4 hours per week.

There is a lot of practical advice and case studies in here that will help you rethink and reinvent how you should do business.


3.The Happiness of Pursuit (Chris Gillebeau)

The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

This book is basically about finding purpose in life by working to accomplish big goals and seeking out adventure.

Chris Guillebeau decided to visit every country in the world. The people he profiles in the book chose a wide variety of quest,taking a vow of silence.

You can chose to pursue whatever quest happens to interest you. Check this book out it really is a fun read.

4.Starting an Online Businesss for Dummies  (Shannon Belew)

Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies

Shannon Belew’s start-up classic is a great replacement for whatever text book you would use in an entrepreneurship class to prepare for business ownership.

The book offers insider information on a wide range of topics,covering all stages of the start-up process from raising money to motivating staff.

There are plenty golden nuggets of information truly a  very good read.

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5.The Lean Start-Up ( Eric Ries)

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Start-Up stresses that start-ups should be more innovative than conventional if they want to survive or bettter still escape competition in the marketplace.

Basically author Eric Ries shares insightful stories from his experience with software start-ups.

Ries presents a number of practices that will help you shorten the product development cycle and measure actual progress. And this without wasting your budget  on seemingly relevant business processes that will take you nowhere.  Super-read. Guys go get your copy.

Well guys I hope you enjoyed ” 5 Top Books to Read Before YOU Start Your Business”.  Just a short Sunday share.

I  read these books this summer and now that it’s fall and getting colder outside, I definitely will be getting my money’s worth out of that $ 10 unlimited Kindle deal.

5 Book Facts

  • People in Iceland read more books per capita than in any other country.
  • It is predicted that within three years 75% of books will be sold online and only 25% in brick and mortar bookstores.
  • Former American president Theodore Roosevelt read an average of one book per day.
  • Top 3 most read books in the world are: The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Harry Potter.
  • The world’s most expensive book ever purchased was bought by Bill Gates for $ 30.8 million.  It was Codex Leicester by Leonardo DaVinci.


How do you feel about these 5 books? Did  I leave off your favorite?  Is there a book not listed here that you would recommend? Please share your thoughts and kindly share this post. Thanks and take care.

14 thoughts on “5 Top Books to Read Before YOU Start Your Business ! (Blog)

  1. Hello Ravi
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving some valuable feedback here on my site. And I’m glad you got value from these books. Again thanks for visiting and supporting us here Ravi and have a great day.


  2. Hello Donna thanks for stopping by and leaving your valuable feedback. And I’m in agreement with you as far as the 4-hour workweek is unique for its perspective about time. Again thanks for visiting here and leaving some value and have a great day.

  3. Hey Darrell,

    There are many bloggers who are striving to get the right guide to boost their blog. You have mentioned some good books here.

    The newbies can learn more about blogging.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Hi Darrell,

    These are amazing books. My favorite one on this list is the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. It helped me organize my time and put into perspective how to run my online business.

    I have to say that the very first book I read was “Tribes” by Seth Godin….ergo the name “tribe” after my name is something I believe in still after all these years. It takes a whole village…..


  5. Hello Francis thanks for stopping by here and leaving your valuable feedback. I enjoyed “For Dummies” also it was a lot of super information included in that read. Again your visit and support is appreciated thanks and have a great day man.


  6. Hi Darrell,

    First time here.

    Inspiring post you have there, bro.

    “For dummies” contains a lot of info. most of these other books don’t have. But the thing is all the other books in here are written based on unique experiences.

    That’s not to say experiences are not highlighted in the “For Dummies.”

    So from what I know, I recommend people to get the “For Dummies” with any other book. Because it’s loaded.


  7. Hello Jose thanks for stopping by once again and leaving another valuable comment. And as most bloggers I’m glad you found value from my post. Thanks for visiting and supporting us here. Have a great day.


  8. Hello Norman thanks for stopping by leaving a comment .Yes it is possible to live quite well online all you have to do is have the right mindset my friend. Again keep visiting and supporting us here .Thanks a ton


  9. Thanks for sharing these books and this infomation, it is amazing the lifestyle that many people are living simply because of one decision that they decide to make and that is to find or make ways to better of they life, the kind of figures that I here at times is just mind blowing. Many people don’t believe that this is possible to achieve, but I believe that this is possible. Thanks again.

  10. I have just started my business two weeks after completing reading one book which you recommended Chris Guillebeau. This has been a wonderful share you did because it has enabled me to know experiences which I was not familiar with at all. This is honestly a great book that has opened my eyes. I’m planing to buy the other remaining 4 and I trust my business will be a great success.

    Once more thanking for sharing.


  11. Hello Celeste thanks for stopping by and adding your valuable comment. My favorite book on the list is Tim Ferris 4 hour work week also. I have heard about Start Run and Grow it’s supposed to be an excellent read. Again thanks for visiting and supporting us here and have a great day.


  12. Hi Darrell,
    That’s an impressive list of books you have recommended. I have read the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris and it was an inspiration to me. What is your favorite book on the list? If I could suggest a book it would be Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business by Toolkit Media Group. This is a very good reference book and helps you every step of the way in starting your own business.

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