Are you thinking of starting an online business or do you have one? You might agree with me that when starting an online business, there are many things to learn. So how do you pick on brains of successful online entrepreneurs? How do you hire a business coach with little money? How do you get ideas for starting? How do you get motivated? And so on.
As a business owner, you need to read and learn, so make your Workspace in Your Home or office filled with books from successful founders.
We have out picked what we consider the 15 best books to read when starting an online business.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
If you are thinking to start an online business would be easy or you feel just because you have a great product and your business is new people should just flooding in and buy whatever you sell. Whatever other perspectives you have about starting a business, then The E-Myth Revisited is the right book to bring you back to what entrepreneurship is all about.
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
Back in the days starting a business means big investment and high risks. It also requires you to have a Harvard or Oxford MBA, but with the surrounding internet now you can start a business with as little as $100 and you need not be an expert to do so. Chris shows us an easy-to-use guide, we can use to start an online business with breaking the bank, with case studies of people who have done it.
The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content by Tim ferries
In the 4 hours work week Tim describes people with an online business as the NR (New Rich), he shows us how to escape our 9-5 job and join the new rich, work from anywhere in the world. He also fills the book is also with recommended software, SaaS website, the tools we can use to achieve this lifestyle. Using his life as an example, you will learn how he could build an online business, outsource staff, lived a Simi retired lifestyle and still travel the world.
The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs by Kelvin D. Johnson
You might have heard that the way you think, determined the way you act, here Kelvin who is a serial entrepreneur and the president of a multimillion-dollar company shares his belief, character, habits, ways of thinking and qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
You would learn one hundred key lessons that every successful entrepreneur and digital entrepreneur should learn this includes Strategy, education, people, finance, marketing and sales, leadership, and motivation. Lessons include how to think big, who makes the best business partners, what captivates investors when to abandon a business idea, where to avoid opening a business bank account, and why too much formal education can hinder your entrepreneurial growth.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
This is not just a book, but a workbook, when you finish reading this, The underlying principles are great you will still go back to various chapters to refresh the key learnings and then apply them to your own online business. You see how to use the lean approach to create your product and get the right (MVP) minimum value product that people want.
You will find the lean startup advice and technique great and it is a book that will challenge everything you rationalize with customer validation that your vision is valuable and scalable.
Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online with Sales Funnels by Russell Brunson
Russell Brunson is one of the internet superstars, he is the founder of the multimillion-dollar Saas company Clickfunnel, every online business needs internet marketing. This is a how-to book on how to go about it. These secrets will increase your traffic and conversions, how to use a funnel to get your potential customers. You can also read traffic secrets and secrets by Russell Brunson.
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk
Are you ready to crush that online business? Then Gray book crushing is what you need to get started, here he offers us new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who accepted the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.
Learn how other successful entrepreneurs and digital entrepreneurs got wealth by following the crush it principle, how big media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, etc. use this principle to their advantage of the success.
Ca$hvertising: How to Use More Than 100 Secrets of Ad-Agency Psychology to Make Big Money Selling Anything to Anyone by Drew Eric Whitman
It doesn’t matter if you run a SaaS or an e-commerce business. Because Whitman will teach you how to tap into the mind of your prospects like a highly paid customer psychologist. You will learn how the skills of expert copywriting and how to influence consumers to read your offers and respond by pulling out their wallets.
If you are having difficulty making conversation from your leads, you are likely given the wrong offer, or writing the wrong sale copy Read Cashvertising and turn much of your potential leads into buyers!
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
Arianna is one of the world’s most influential women, and she is the chief editor of the Huffington Post, one of the top media companies in the world. Here she writes what it means to be successful in today’s economy. Changing behavior is not about the evidence of what works; It is about taking the small steps towards thriving into a healthier life and finding ways of overcoming the barriers to doing so.
This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin
You might never be famous for the entire world, but you can be famous for a particular group of people. You can choose a tribe who will care about the story you have to tell, and you can connect that tribe and serve that tribe. You will learn everything from building a tribe to selling to them.
- How to build trust and permission with your target market.
- The art of positioning – deciding not only who it’s for, but who it’s not for.
- Why the best way to achieve your marketing goals is to help others become who they want to be.
- Why do the old approaches to advertising and branding no longer work?
- The surprising role of tension in any decision to buy (or not).
- How marketing is at its core about the stories we tell ourselves about our social status.
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Air Eyal
If you’re trying to build the next big business, you need the user’s engagement. Nir lays down a model for building engagement. It will show you how to form viral loops, with the four hook model, trigger, action, variable and investment.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker
Do millionaires think differently from the average person? Eker shows us how millionaires and successful people think and how to rewire your mind from the former way of thinking. This is a book you will come back to read, there are also powerful affirmations inside. Recommended if you want to know the inner game of wealth.
Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares
Every year, entrepreneurs create thousands of businesses and startups, but only a few survive and become profitable, and one reason this happens is that they are not getting traction. Traction is what every business needs to grow, this book will teach you 19 channels you can model to build a customer base and also pick the right one for your business. You will find interviews with over 40 successful online business founders.
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky
This is a workbook for solving a problem and testing new ideas. Jake created a unique problem-solving method that he has coined “design sprint” is a five-day process to help companies and small businesses answer crucial questions. This book provides interesting case studies on how to illustrate the concepts and provides interesting insights into major online business and tech companies.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz, Kevin Kenerly
They are a lot of influencers, book, blogs, video and so on, talking about how easy it is to start a business, but only a few are saying how hard it is to run a business. Ben shows you the problem that the leader faces every day, sharing the insight and knowledge he has gained developing, managing, buying, selling and investing in technology companies over the years. This book teaches you how to be a Fortune 500 online business CEO.
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