It’s a new year, which means it’s time to either get started on that project you’ve been balking at or crack down on a current project you’ve been working on. One of the best ways to gain knowledge and motivation while simultaneously increasing personal morale is to read books!
Take a moment to visit your local bookstore or sit down with the Kindle and check out these must-read titles for 2013.
New Entrepreneurship Books for 2013
1. The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton
Do you find yourself disregarding your ideas as stupid? What if you knew that some of the most successful businesses started with a stupid idea? That’s the topic of this new book coming out later this spring. Learn how to crush your fear and move forward toward your dream even if it’s currently just a stupid idea.
2. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell’s books have been some of the most popular books of the last decade. His newest offering (due out Oct. 2013) uncovers the nature of how the small businesses in the world can overcome industry stalwarts. If you’re currently an underdog you might actually find that you’re in a great position to succeed and overcome all the odds. Every entrepreneur deals with this thought during the lifetime of his or her business.
3. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
Sometimes the best way to learn is to hear how someone manipulated the system. Ryan Holiday did just that with the new world of blogging. He was able to generate millions for companies based on his manipulation of the new media world. It’s a great read and Ryan offers you the advice with a caveat about how you use the information.
4. Optimize by Lee Odden
Lee Odden owns a successful digital marketing agency. He speaks at numerous conferences throughout the year. He’s an expert in social media and SEO. He has put all his thoughts into one book released just last year. It’s a great read for anyone interested in how content marketing can improve a business of any size.
5. The Referral Engine by John Jantsch
Jantsch is one of the most-read experts in the field of online marketing. He has released two books previously and his latest offering from the fall of 2012 goes into the way a business can bring in even more business through referrals. It’s a great book for a company with a limited marketing budget. It can take time to build your engine, but it’s a worthwhile investment in the long run.
Classic Entrepreneurship Books
1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek is an in-depth look into how you can regain control of your life again by using specific tools to create an automatic income-generator type business. The author blows traditional thinking out of the water and is living proof that you too can make this happen.
2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
The $100 Startup is a guide to help “wantrepreneurs” finally get started. The author uses real life example of fellow entrepreneurs who have succeed without a big startup fund. This book is perfect for those who need motivation and tools to help them get started without a big loan.
3. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper by David Siteman Garland
Are you interested in less expensive and mainstream forms of marketing? If so, this is the book for you. Garland focuses strongly on the power of blogging and has a very different approach to marketing compared to other authors.
4. Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Crush It takes on a different approach than most entrepreneurial books. Rather than the typical “how to be a successful” approach, Vaynerchuk takes on a “how to think successfully” outlook. This book is all about having passion for your business and personal life.
5. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseish
This book is authored by the CEO of Zappos who, at the age of 24, sold his first co-founded business to Microsoft for $265 million. This is an inspiring book in which Hseish shares business and life lessons, both concentrating on the important of happiness.
6. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
A great marketing campaign is required for a successful business. The business world is ever-changing which means that staying on top of your marketing campaign is paramount. Purple Cow goes into detail on re-marketing existing businesses.
7. Never Get a Real Job by Scott Gerber
Who doesn’t love this title? The topic of this book is fairly self-explanatory based on the title. Never Get a Real Job delves is perfect for new entrepreneurs or those who are hesitant about taking those first few steps.
8. ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
ReWork is a non-traditional guide to successfully starting your business. Fried and Hanson teach readers a better, faster and easier way to succeed. Many famous entrepreneurs are backing this book and whole-heartedly recommending it. ReWork is an absolute must-read.
9. UnMarketing by Scott Stratten
UnMarketing is another great marketing guide perfect for entrepreneurs. Stratten is a down-to-earth author who offers a viral marketing approach through social media. This book is perfect for anyone, regardless of experience.
10. Small Business, Big Vision by Adam Toren and Matthew Toren
Small Business, Big Vision is our own book that we, of course, highly recommend. Our book provides inspiration and advice for nearly every step of creating a small business. We even won a Small Business Book Award!
Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.
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