Aspiring to start your own business? Looking to get your ideas off the ground? Check out iQ Office Suites’ list of 5 books for aspiring entrepreneurs
The 4 hour Workweek
The Princeton guest lecturer uses his acronym “DEAL” (Definition, Elimination, Automation, Liberation) to explain his theory on “lifestyle design”. Efficiency is key for Ferriss, as he suggests that the regular “bank hours” are not the most fruitful and outlines how, with proper time management, the reader can become more productive while working less. Ferriss argues that one should be working towards an idyllic schedule, made up mostly of free time to pursue their passions. While the synopsis may sound like a pipe dream, this aggressive self-help book gives a detailed road map to making a lifelong vacation a reality.
The $100 Startup
Author Chris Guillebeau presents countless examples of entrepreneurs who found success by turning a hobby or passion into profitable business. Guillebeau focuses on the 50 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (often less than $100) that he found to be the most compelling case studies. Guillebeau is best known for his first book, The Art of Non-Conformity, and $100 Startup carries on the same theme of creative thinking while showing how you can convert natural talent or interest to business.
The Art of The Start
The Silicon Valley veteran (one of the original marketers for the Apple Macintosh) offers advice on how to initiate any kind of business. Kawasaki begins with his five most important things an entrepreneur must accomplish: 1. Make Meaning , 2. Make Mantra, 3. Get Going, 4. Define Your Business Model and 5. Weave a MAT (Milestones, Accomplishments, Tasks). Kawasaki gives detail in his guidance but he makes clear that raising money, hiring the right people, defining a brand and managing a board are not sciences. Hence, The Art.
3 Weeks to Startup
The founder and chairman of Palo Alto software has been nicknamed “The Obi-Wan Kenobi of Business Plans” and this book certainly proves that moniker to be fitting. Berry provides a step-by-step guide to streamlining your startup by using the world’s best resource: the internet. Using online tools, Berry explains, allows you to do away with the time-consuming legwork required to set up a business plan, make your business legal and finance a venture. Essential reading for the entrepreneur who is looking to fast-track without cutting corners.
The Firestarter Sessions
Self-help guru and marketing expert Danielle LaPorte presents 16 motivational essays that will inspire you to rethink your priorities in life. LaPorte doesn’t deal in business specifics, but her relatable tone and fundamental philosophies are sure to encourage success for the burgeoning entrepreneur. The essays are bold and are meant to spur one to consider how to achieve on their own terms. LaPorte suggests that people should ditch their principles, forget the notion of becoming well-rounded and focus on how they want to feel in life rather than their goals. The advice may seem unconventional but LaPorte argues that a maverick attitude can lead to accomplishment and ultimately, happiness.