Whether you’re on the path to owning your own business or just thinking about it, here’s something to remember: you’re not alone. The great thing about living today is that most of the basics concerning building your own company have already been dealt with. However, it’s up to you to seek the pros, cons, ups, and downs of being an entrepreneur.
Lucky for you, we’ve found some great books to get you started. We first dive into the importance of social media to any business with Crushing It! Next, it is a path of self-discovery and goal-setting with Hero on a Mission. Lastly, we take a look at The $100 Startup, a non-fiction writer’s look at turning a passion into a business.
Crushing It! is Gary Vee’s (what he’s referred to on social media, it’s actually Vaynerchuck) follow-up to his 2009 best seller Crush It!. Within, he dives into what’s needed in today’s connected world to compete in the social space. As an aspiring entrepreneur, you need to know how to grow and leverage Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and more. It’s all about personal branding.
Here’s what Amazon notes about the book:
In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.
Hero on a Mission
One of the several entrepreneurial books you’ll find on BulkBooks is Donald Miller’s Hero on a Mission. His drive within the text is easy, to help new business owners (or future ones) cultivate a plan of who they are and bring meaning to their goals.
From BulkBooks’ description:
There are four characters in every story: The victim, the villain, the hero, and the guide. These four characters live inside us. If we play the victim, we’re doomed to fail. If we play the villain, we will not create genuine bonds. But if we play the hero or guide, our lives will flourish. The hard part is being self-aware enough to know which character we are playing.
THE $100 STARTUP
I recently finished listening to The $100 Startup audiobook. It was a fantastic reminder of what’s possible if you’re willing to put in the time and energy to start your own business. Written by Chris Guillebeau, an American non-fiction writer, The $100 Startup discusses actual accounts of funding projects and eventual profits.
I like this description that Amazon gives about Chris’ lessons:
Among Chris’s key principles: If you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish—sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.
This is, of course, but a minuscule selection of what’s out there. If you’ve got a favorite you’d like to share, let us know. We’re always looking for something new to read.