17 business books best sellers you’ll want to get your hands on

Below you will discover 17 business books that inspire, teach and show you how to achieve your goals in today’s business world

The list includes ‘Think and Grow Rich’, one of the best motivational business books of all time, it was written way back in 1937 by Napoleon Hill and by 2015 had sold over 100 million copies worldwide and is still very relevant today.

I bought the book around 25 years ago, it was the first business related book I ever read. I’ve now read it three times and will no doubt read it again, I still find it an amazingly inspirational book, and count it as the book that lit the fire of my entrepreneurial desires.

”Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of councillors, and the most patient of teachers.” — Charles William Eliot


Wherever you are on your business journey, these books can help you get there faster and with less pain both financially and emotionally, they are some of the best business coaching books around and have been written with the sole purpose of helping you achieve your goals.

They cover every aspect of running a business, from turning your idea into an actionable plan to learning how to get found by Google. ‘The 4-Hour Workweek‘ even shows you how to start outsourcing your work so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Learning from some of the best business books of all time, written by those that have been successful, the ones who have already been there and done it means you can cut out the middle man and reach straight for the top.

At the end of the day it’s a constantly changing business world which means we all need to keep our minds open to new ideas and strategies whilst not forgetting some of the old tried and tested methods and by embracing the fact that knowledge is power and by reading the right books we can gain the impetus, information, direction and power we need to reach our goals.


 Here is the list of the books we’re going to look at, they are in no particular order in terms of sales or personal choice (Click on the book title to skip to its review):

1.Will it Fly?:  How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

2. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch

3. The E-Myth Revisited Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

4.The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, and Stand Out from The Crowd

5. The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

6.Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs 1st Edition

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

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

9. The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

10. The Six Figure Second Income: How to Start and Grow a Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

11. Disrupt You!: Master personal transformation, seize opportunity, and thrive in the era of endless innovation

12. The Startup Owners Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company 

13. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

14. Blue Ocean Strategy Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

15. The $100 StartupReinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

16. Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

17. Rework 


1. Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

Available on Amazon

Author: Pat Flynn

 Suitable For: Entrepreneurs

 Focuses On: Online Business

 Page Count: Kindle, 341 pages – Paperback, 368 pages

 Published: January 31st, 2016

Amazon Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Before you take the plunge and start down the runway it’s good to first ask yourself the question “Will it Fly”?

This book was written for any entrepreneur planning on starting a business or putting an existing idea into action, it gives you action-based exercises combined with real-world case studies. Pat also talks about his own personal experiences of making money online.

The book gives its readers the chance to validate their business ideas before they put them into in motion and start investing their real hard earned cash, there is also an online guide/course that comes with the book.

Quote from the book:

“Building a successful business is no longer about B2B or B2C. It’s about P2P, those people-to-people relationships.” Pat Flynn

Verdict:

This book can substantially increase your chances of success while keeping you off the runway of failure.


  2. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch

Available on Amazon

Author: Dan Norris

Suitable For: Entrepreneurs, Wantrepreneurs, Freelancers and Bootstrappers

Focuses On: Online Business

Page Count: Kindle, 131pages – Paperback, 204 pages

Published: September 26th, 2014

Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5

I found this book one of the most down-to-earth, no holds barred business books on the market. Dan Norris has a very practical approach on how you should start a business, he breaks it down into relevant straight-forward chunks that give you the platform and impetus to start.

Given the name of the title you would expect to be up and running in 7 days, and that’s exactly where you will be if you follow his daily step-by-step tasks, he encourages you to act immediately, absolutely no procrastination.

The whole emphasis of the book to get you from A to B as simply and as efficiently as possible by avoiding all the unnecessary distractions normally associated with getting a small business off the ground, he achieves this and even gives you a list of over 100 resources relevant to startups and new businesses.

The book also contains details of his own efforts where he tried and failed many times before he succeeded. His endeavours reminded me of a great quote from Thomas A Edison “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”. 

Quote from the book:

“I learned a very valuable lesson from my failure to launch. That lesson is: “You don’t learn until you launch.” – Dan Norris

Verdict:

If you have had an idea for a startup burning away in your head, get the book and get going, there is no time like the present.


  The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Available on Amazon

Author: Michael E Gerber

Suitable For: Small Business & Entrepreneurs

Focuses On: Business in General

Page Count: Kindle, 268 pages – Paperback, 269 pages

 Published: January 1st,1995

Amazon Rating: 4.6 out of 5

The book’s title is aptly named because it explores the entrepreneurial myth, as a business book it’s one of the most practical books I’ve read and one that is on my list to read again.

If your one of those people described in the book, one who’s struggling to transition from doer to leader, this book is definitely for you.

Michael teaches first-rate business principles and ideas with plenty of takeaways for small to medium business owners, many of whom have said they benefited greatly from the book, in fact, anyone who is thinking of taking their first step into the business world will find his thoughts on the difference between the roles of Entrepreneur, Technician and Manager absorbing.

Michael explains why your focus should be on training others to do most of the work in your business allowing you to focus on working on the business.

He is a systems oriented guy and fully believes that its systems that drive business and if you are equipped with the right systems, the business will operate efficiently and can run itself.  He goes on to explain why so many small businesses don’t make it past infancy and why others do.

Quote from the book:

“If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business—you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!”
– Michael E. Gerber

Verdict:

Michael can and often does seem to drag concepts out for a little too long but overall the book has inspired many, has a huge following and should definitely be on your must-read list.


 4. The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, and Stand Out from The Crowd

Available on Amazon

Author: Allan Dib

Suitable For: Small Business, Marketing Professionals & Entrepreneurs

Focuses On: Marketing

 Page Count: Kindle, 224 pages – Paperback, 224 pages

Published: January 25th, 2016

Amazon Rating: 4.9 out of 5

This book is an essential must-read for any small business, it gives you a reliable marketing strategy from A to Z based around, as the title suggests a 1-Page Marketing Plan which is divided into 9 sub-sections.

To build a successful business it is essential you follow a tried and tested highly structured, solid and sustainable marketing plan, however, it is often one of the things that get overlooked. This book gives you that structure with simple to follow successful marketing practices backed up with interesting anecdotes that illustrate each point, helping you get the sales you want.

Quote from the book:

“To live through an impossible situation, you don’t need to have the reflexes of a Grand Prix driver, the muscles of a Hercules, the mind of an Einstein. You simply need to know what to do.” – Allan Dib

Verdict:

Excellent book. Indispensable information. Easy-to-read. Highly recommended for entrepreneurs and marketing professionals.


5. The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

Available on Amazon

Author: Carrie Wilkerson

Suitable For: Wantrepreneurs and those looking for inspiration

Focuses On: Motivating you to start a business from home

 Page Count: Kindle, 257 pages – Hardback, 256 pages

 Published: August 22nd, 2011

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This isn’t’ one of those books that’s going to give you a list on how to set up a business step by step. However, it does provide a broad overview of the possibilities of what you can achieve by setting up your own business and gives motivation and guidance on what typical directions you might consider.

Carrie provides guidelines along with case studies that give you actionable steps and instances of how it has worked for other people.

The Barefoot Executive seems to be one of those “Marmite” books, people either love it or hate it.

I was in the loved camp if you can see past Carrie continually going on about her 100-pound weight loss and the fact that she repeats herself a fair bit there are plenty of good takeaways to be had as you would probably expect from someone that has created several six-figure businesses.

If you’re in a bit of a rut or a wantrepreneur this book can really inspire and motivate you to get moving and either start something new or finish what you’ve already started.

Quote from the book:

“At some point, you have to be more afraid of not trying than you are of failing”

– Carrie Wilkerson,

Verdict:

This book and author have an army of followers and it’s one of the best motivational business books around and definitely worth a read.


6. Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs 1st Edition

Available on Amazon

Inbound Marketing, Revised and Updated: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online

Available on Amazon

Authors:  Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah

Suitable For: Mostly aimed at those new to the internet and social media marketing but some good info for seasoned pro’s

Focuses On: Marketing by drawing your customers in and showing you how to be found via Search engines, the blogosphere, and social media sites

Page Count: 1st edition Kindle, 224 pages – Hardback, 226 pages

2nd revised edition, Kindle, 224 pages Paperback, 227 pages

 Published:  1st Edition October 1st, 2009 – Revised 2nd Edition September 2nd, 2014

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 1st Edition – 4.2 for the revised edition

These books are two of the top internet marketing books out there and are co-written by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah who are also co-founders of HubSpot, an inbound marketing company that generates 4.5 million monthly visitors and is one of my go-to sites for anything marketing related.

Both books are an essential read for anyone who wants to get truly serious about social media marketing.

Halligan and Shah are obsessed with inbound marketing and their business HubSpot is among the ringleaders in putting together the statistics that back their belief that inbound marketing is definitely on the right track to replace most of the resources associated with the conventional marketing toolkit.

Quote from the book:

“What we want you to do is to change the mode of your website from a one-way sales message to a collaborative, living, breathing hub”
Brian Halligan

 Verdict:

If you’re an online marketer, or a budding one, these books should be in your library.


 “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” —Confucius


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

Available on Amazon

Author: Eric Ries

Suitable For: Start-Ups, Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Focuses On: Aiding start-ups and technology businesses to establish sustainable business models. It promotes continual rapid prototyping and centering on customer feedback statistics.

 Page Count: Kindle, 338 pages – Hardback, 299 pages – Paperback 320 pages

 Published: September 13th, 2011

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This book has now attained a legendary reputation among business books, in general, the recognition is warranted.

The Lean Startup is based on five principles:

  • Entrepreneurs are Everywhere
  • Entrepreneurship is Management
  • Validated Learning
  • Build-Measure-Learn
  • Innovation Accounting

The book looks at the present tendency towards rapid, low-cost start-ups that concentrate on action above research, and advocates making blunders above lengthy evaluation. The approach is founded on the principles of lean manufacturing and nimble progression, its efficiency is supported by case studies from the last 20 years or so.

Eric teaches you to test your theory to avoid squandering time so you don’t invest ages creating something only to find you’ve developed the wrong thing. Determine precisely what your beliefs are and test them out at the earliest opportunity. Time wasted deliberating how to proceed is much better spent trying, testing and trying again.

It’s obvious Eric recognises the results entrepreneurs strive to accomplish and therefore provides his many years of substantial business understanding and expertise to assist you in your efforts, irrespective of the size of your enterprise.

The book leans towards Internet-based enterprises, nevertheless, the principles associated with the theory are equally as relevant to most traditional enterprises.

Quote from the book:

“The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.”
– Eric Ries

Verdict:

If you’re contemplating becoming an entrepreneur or have virtually any position of management within a business, regardless of maturity. I highly recommend The Lean Startup as the book you need to read. The book will show you how you can magnify your businesses growth rapidly and extremely efficiently. The Lean Startup is not simply a book for startups, it’s also exceptionally useful for just about any aspect of any business.


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

Available on Amazon

Author: Tim Ferriss

Suitable For: Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

Focuses On: Showing you how to cut down your workload and set yourself free by working smarter – not harder and ready to join the new rich

 Page Count: Kindle, 396 pages – Hardback, 308 pages – Paperback (published 2011), 381 pages

 First Published: April 24th, 2007 (expanded and updated kindle edition published May 9th, 2014)

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5

The primary takeaways within this book are undoubtedly self-discipline and the strict implementing of a couple of insightful concepts that have the power to enhance your private and professional lifestyle profoundly. Basically, these are The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) & Parkinson’s Law, the effectiveness of outsourcing menial mental tasks, coupled with absolute vs relative earnings

Can the recommendations within this book result in freedom from the 9-5 routine plus give back many hours of your working week to spend on more enjoyable activities? Definitely, they can. Will the majority of people that read through this book adhere to those guidelines? Definitely not.

However, that must not be considered a negative towards the book. It is just more of a remark of the majority of people’s capacity to stick to their objectives in order to realise their maximum potential.

Ferriss the millionaire, along with his achievements would seem entirely replicable when the basic entrepreneurial guidance he suggests is adopted: discover a demand, and fulfil it. Obviously, you will find a great deal more to it than that otherwise we would all be wealthy, nevertheless, the overall concept is sound.

Quote from the book:

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
– Tim Ferriss,

Verdict:

On the whole, I found this particular book an excellent read. There is a lot to discover within its pages, and more regarding self-discipline than one might think, judging by the cover.


9. The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

Available on Amazon

Author: David Meerman Scott

Suitable For:  Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and anyone working in Marketing or Public Relations

Focuses On: Marketing strategies and tactics that work

 Page Count: Kindle, 472 pages – Paperback, 480 pages

 Published: October 5th, 2015 (Paperback 5th Edition) September 16th, 2015 (Kindle)

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5

An outstanding guide to modern-day marketing, plenty of superb advice that can easily be utilized by anybody planning to get into marketing, or even individuals looking to perfect their own techniques.

A lot of the recommendations may seem like “no-brainers” sadly, many marketers make a great deal of the typical errors mentioned within this book. Excellent read and highly recommended to everyone who is freshly stepping into the sector.

Furthermore, it includes a listing of truly valuable resources and footnotes to some truly fascinating stuff, which makes it a good valuable reference.

Quote from the book:

“When people come to you online, they are not looking for TV commercials. They are looking for information to help them make a decision.”

– David Meerman Scott

Verdict:

Among the finest books, I have read on Digital Marketing…countless good examples…Must read


  10. The Six-Figure Second Income: How to Start and Grow a Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job 

Available on Amazon

Author: David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek

Suitable For: Anyone interested in starting an online business

 Focuses On: Successful strategies for building an online income stream

 Page Count: Kindle, 260 pages – Hardback, 242 pages

 Published: September 7th, 2010

Amazon Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The Six-Figure Second Income has long been the one of the most effective and instructive books on starting a business online and one that I’ve been recommending to people for some time. It’s not a get rich quick book, rather, it’s a very realistic strategy for creating a second income in addition to your regular job.

It’s an uncomplicated and straightforward publication that reveals how to produce and market information products online. It does not hype things up or over-promise. Instead, it concentrates on the strategies and the basic principles of how you can achieve an online income. The authors share proven methods and ageless concepts that work, furthermore they give life to the book by using unique instances and humorous approaches to evaluate things that really help to make elements of the book hit home.

 Quote from the book:

“You don’t need big blocks of time to get a six-figure second income. All you need is scraps of time here and there. No longer must you spend hours each day at a second job to make the income of a second job.”

– David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek

 Verdict:

If you’re asking yourself “How can I start an online business?”  this book goes a long way to help you answer that question.


  11. Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

Available on Amazon

Author: Jay Samit

Suitable For: Anyone who wants to succeed in today’s complex environment

Focuses On: Personal and Professional Disruption and the effect of disruption on careers and businesses and just how agile we must remain to stay relevant

 Page Count: Kindle, 304 pages – Hardback, 288 pages

 Published: June 2nd, 2015

Amazon Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Jay Samit’s Disrupt You! stands out as the most in-depth and comprehensive book on personal, professional and business disruption that you can buy. By using a straightforward strategy of personal disruption to his own personal encounters within numerous industries to talking about the way developed organizations have disrupted themselves.

Quote from the book:

“This is my true purpose in writing this book. I want to help foster a new generation of disruptors: visionaries unfettered by the limitations of the past, who will solve the issues other generations thought impossible.”

– Jay Samit

Verdict:

The Amazon rating of 4.9 stars should give you some idea just how good this book is, if you’re looking for a disruptive innovation book, look no further, you just found it.


12. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company 

Available on Amazon

Authors: Steven Gary and Bob Dorf

Suitable For: Entrepreneurs & Wantrepreneurs

Focuses On: How to build and scale a startup

 Page Count: Kindle, 608 pages – Hardback, 608 pages

 Published: January 1st, 2012

 Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Startup Owner’s Manual is unquestionably one of the most in-depth books that I’ve ever encountered. It shows you an important philosophy/methodology known as the “Customer Development Model” together with an approach called the “Business Model Canvas”.

For individuals with minimal startup knowledge, it presents a fantastic understanding of exactly what goes into creating a successful business. The customer development model features four steps thru which you’re expected to advance whilst building a startup.

Like the approach claims, this method helps save you a great deal of time, money & hard work simply by not allowing you carry out premature scaling and taking massive bets merely determined by notions.

Quote from the book:

“Rule No. 1: There Are No Facts Inside Your Building, So Get Outside.”

– Steven Gary Blank

Verdict:

This is an awesome publication, one of the best business startup books, in-depth and specific, an ideal resource for everyone who’s looking to determine whether their great idea can become an incredible company.


 13. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

Available on Amazon

Author: Guy Kawasaki

Suitable For: Entrepreneurs & Wantrepreneurs

Focuses On: Startup’s (mainly tech) includes how to pitch investors

 Page Count: Kindle, 317 pages – Hardback, 336 pages – Paperback 336 pages

 Published: March 3rd, 2015

Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Another startup focused book that had to be included in my list, it’s a comprehensive update on The Art of the Start 1.0.

The most significant factor concerning the book is the author’s goal is to “make entrepreneurship easier for you” he wisely breaks down every piece of information into readily comprehensible actions.

The book addresses an extensive array of factors that each and every entrepreneur would undoubtedly find invaluable. From raising money through different kinds of investors to a variety of pitching techniques to promoting and marketing to recruiting procedures, all subject areas are discussed within.

Quote from the book:

“Good enough is good enough. There is time for refinement later. It’s not how great you start—it’s how great you end up.”

– Guy Kawasaki

 Verdict:

Excellent book, packed with knowledge from Guy’s first-hand encounters. If you’re a startup and need to reduce time, here’s your book. However, if you’re a more traditional business, this has pearls of wisdom for you, too.


14. Blue Ocean Strategy Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Available on Amazon

Authors: W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne

Suitable For: Anyone fed up with competing on price and looking to be compensated for providing value.

Focuses On: Business strategies through value innovation

Page Count: Kindle, 256 pages – Hardback, 287 pages

 Published: February 3rd, 2015

 Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A worldwide sensation today published in a record 43 languages. More than 3.5 million copies sold. A bestseller spanning five continents.

 This book will change your thinking when it comes to the way you think about competition.

The primary strategy is to concentrate on rendering your competition irrelevant by providing a jump in value for consumers of your company’s services and products. Begin with discarding or minimizing those actions which add very little value in comparison to the industry standards. This is going to unlock resources to add increased value activities which your company’s clients are going to pay a premium for.

The particular cases utilized to demonstrate the authors’ thinking are going to be known to you and it’s fascinating in hindsight to see just how all of these businesses managed to free themselves from market constraints.

For example, Dell made the decision to personalize each and every personal computer for the particular individual consumer which was a complete reverse of what other suppliers were doing back then.

This generated new value for clients plus the experience associated with building their brand-new computer to the procedure of selecting a computer. This kind of “value innovation” for instance analyzing the overall picture connected with a company’s activities and discovering a means to produce a leap in value equally for customers as well as the company itself is the core of this bestselling book.

Quote from the book:

“It immediately flags companies that are focused only on raising and creating and thereby lifting their cost structure and often over-engineering products and services—a common plight in many companies.”
– W. Chan Kim

Verdict:

The Blue Ocean strategy can be applied to assist a multiplicity of business ventures. I highly recommend reading this book prior to starting your business, particularly new products.


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

Available on Amazon

Author: Chris Guillebeau

Suitable For: Anyone thinking about making their passion/hobby a business

Focuses On: Turning small ideas into Microbusinesses

 Page Count: Kindle, 263 pages – Hardback, 268 pages – Paperback, 285 pages

 Published: May 8th, 2012

 Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The $100 Startup offers tremendous value to anybody either considering launching a business and who are battling to find the right path and basic steps to get going as well as those currently running a small business but require bringing about some adjustments in order to obtain some more traction.

The book is a straightforward read, zero large buzz words or phrases. This is, without doubt, an uncomplicated, nothing extravagant common-sense book containing all the basics regarding precisely what you require to successfully start any business. Even the visuals are sharp and clear with nothing elaborate detracting from the strong messages they convey.

There is a great deal to contemplate when you are starting a business, many people are susceptible to over-thinking and over-reading before they begin. This unique book supplies you with sufficient understanding to get things moving and the concepts to fine-tune along the way.

Quote from the book:

 “Value is created when a person makes something useful and shares it with the world.”

Verdict:

For anyone eager to start a small business, it’s safe to say there are a lot worse things you could do than invest in this book, it contains plenty of small business startup information and is a logical place as any to begin your journey.


16. Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation 

Available on Amazon

Author: Napoleon Hill

Suitable For: Anyone looking to acquire riches whether that’s on a business or personal level

Focuses On: Personal development, instructing you on how to succeed in all aspects of your life

Page Count: Paperback 379 pages – Hardback, 383 pages

 Published: December 13, 2016 (first published 1937)

 Amazon Rating: 4.6 out of 5

There have been more millionaires and billionaires that have built their wealth associated with reading this financial success classic than any other book every printed, it truly is one of the most inspirational books of all time!

Hill employed ageless principles to illustrate the power of the mind, visualization and directing our desires to achieve financial success. Even though the book was written a long time ago, the principles revealed within provide guidelines to present day self-help programs and publications.

Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles of success are the end result of two decades of research Hill incorporates testimonies to underscore his philosophy of the “Law of Success.” These testimonies comprise of men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford along with other business leaders throughout industry.

The chapter on autosuggestion demonstrating how we have the capacity to steer our mind towards accomplishing a specific goal captivated me and it’s something I put in practice daily. Hill illustrates how the mind is unable to differentiate between truth and falsehood, we merely have to direct or manipulate it toward a particular mode.

Think and Grow Rich, in essence, hammers home a single point, repeatedly; Success stems from knowing exactly what you want to achieve and possessing a burning desire to achieve it.

Think and Grow Rich is, in my opinion, the best self-help book ever written and is a must for any entrepreneur. Truly life-changing.

Quote from the book:

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

Verdict:

This book will assist you in attaining your maximum potential. Napoleon Hill provides you with a blueprint designed for self-mastery allowing you to achieve the goals you’ve set yourself.


 17. Rework 

Available on Amazon

Authors: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Suitable For: Anybody with an established business or have one just getting off the ground or are considering one in the future

Focuses On: providing a superior, faster, simpler method to be successful in business.

Page Count: Kindle, 288 pages – Hardback, 279 pages – Paperback, 288 pages

Published: March 9th, 2010

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Rework is a no-nonsense book, straight to the point, with loads of snippets of advice.

The book is separated into remarkably brief chapters, each one having a title which, in itself, carries excellent tips about business, product development, and mindset.
The chapters describe in a frank, forward, and informative way the things that work, exactly what won’t, and ways to steer clear of the pitfalls associated with a regular business.

The book is particularly effective for anybody with a technology background, and are considering applying the potential of the net to develop a concept into a business. The moral of the book is simple: do something you love, and keep it simple.

Quote from the book:

“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”

 Verdict:

Have you ever possessed an excellent idea and sensed a little voice suggesting that maybe you ought to start a business? If so this book may be for you.


Sitting down to write this review brought back fond memories of the first book I ever remember owning.

It was one of those days as a kid you dread…. I had been dragged out shopping with my Mum, remember those days?

My Mum had decided to go into WH Smith for a magazine and then I spotted it ‘The World Encyclopedia of Animals’ it was an amazing book, so many pictures and photos of animals and places I had never even heard of, I was desperate to own it.

Day after day I begged my parents to buy it for me for Christmas, it was a big thick heavy expensive book and I had already been nagging them daily for a bicycle so I didn’t hold out much hope.

About a week after I had first seen the book something resembling the size and shape had appeared under the Christmas tree. My brother and I were not allowed to touch any of the presents so with my curiosity and excitement getting the better of me I sneaked downstairs one night after everyone had gone to bed.

I crawled under the Christmas tree and picked up the present with my name on it, I was sure it was the book I had asked for, it was the right size and certainly was heavy enough. I so wanted to open it there and then but had to wait another 3 days, it was pure torture.

Christmas day finally arrived and sure enough, I had got my book and my bicycle, for years that book was my best friend I read through it every day and my knowledge of the world’s animals still holds well today.


You can’t beat the smell of a new book, I mean Kindle’s and IPad’s are great if that’s your thing but for me, I love the feel and the smell of a real book, turning over a virtual page just doesn’t cut it for me.

I am in good company though; The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington only reads books the old-fashioned way and recommends banning anything else from the bedroom.

Everyone is different of course and you can’t hold back the tide of technology, but for me, there is something magical about turning the next page of a good book.

 Well, it looks like you have made it to the end of this review, I hope it has been useful if a little long

Are there any other books for Entrepreneurs or business you would recommend?

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28 thoughts on “17 business books best sellers you’ll want to get your hands on

  1. Hi, good review, I do like 4hr workweek, but I’m not as disciplined as I should be, maybe I should buy it just to attain some discipline. Thanks, Tony.

  2. I have read 4 hour work week & Think and Grow Rich (a classic) and after seeing this article I’m going to get The E Myth on Kindle.

    If anybody is involved in sales I would highly recommend ‘Zero Resistance Selling’ by Maxwell Maltz.

    Keep the articles coming.

    • Hi Alec,

      Thanks for the comment,

      I think you’ll find The E-Myth Revisited the perfect book if you’re thinking of starting any business. It was one of the most practical books I’ve ever read.

      I have not yet read Zero Resistance Selling but it is now on my list, thanks.

      Think & Grow Rich has stood the test of time and as you say, it’s a classic, maybe about time I read it again.

      Regards
      Tony

  3. I found your review really helpful. The quote you picked out in The 4hr work week by Tim Ferriss was spot on, in fact I’ve just literally purchased the book now. When you mentioned about when you were a kid it made me reminisce and put a big smile on my face, Thanks Tony

    • Hi Benjamin,

      I’m glad you found the review helpful.

      Tim Ferriss is one hell of a guy, his podcasts are also worth listening to, they were the first business/interview podcasts to pass 100,000,000 downloads.

      Thanks for the comment on my childhood memories, I was actually in two minds whether to include them in the review or not.

      Regards
      Tony

  4. Good reviews. Having read ‘the e-myth revisited’ and ‘Think and grow rich’ in the past your opinions and conclusions were similar to my own, so your article gives me confidence to buy those titles I’m interested in.

    Any plans for more reviews or articles?

    • Hi Gary,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I’m delighted you found the reviews beneficial.

      Yes, I’m planning on plenty more reviews and articles that I hope you will also find helpful.

      Regards
      Tony

  5. Thanks for those reviews. I had read ‘The Lean Startup’ and was wondering where to go next, there are so many books out there and this article has certainly helped me to narrow down the choices. There is just enough information on each book to be helpful without being overwhelming and you’ve picked a good quote from each. I’m certainly with you in choosing paper over an e- reader too.
    I will look out for your next review, thanks.

    • Hi Geoff,

      Many thanks for the comments.

      The aim of the review is to help readers choose the right book wherever they are on their business journey, so I’m really happy that the review has managed to point you in the right direction.

      As for real books over their digital counterparts, I’ve tried a kindle and even listened to audio books but I just don’t get the same enjoyment as having the smell and feel of a real book in my hands. After all, shelves full of kindle’s wouldn’t look quite the same 😉

      Regards
      Tony

  6. Great reviews.
    The one that created an interest for me was ‘The $100 Startup’.
    Your review helped greatly in helping me chose the most suitable publication, as I get distracted with over hype and buzzwords.
    I like straight forward no nonsense and having someone take the time to review a number of these publications, saved me a lot of wasted time.
    Great work, thanks.

    • Hi Roger,

      I’m glad you found the review helpful.

      You certainly won’t get distracted with the ‘$100 Startup”, as I mentioned in the review it really is a very straightforward book and can certainly help you start your business journey on the right track.

      Good luck with your endeavors.

      Regards
      Tony

  7. This is an interesting read and it will give me a good idea of what I am looking to read and what are worth reading, I might have to give “The Six-Figure Second Income” a read. Thank you for this Tony!

  8. Man you’ve got an excellent lineup of great books. I’m a little overwhelmed of where to start. I would love to read all of them. Inbound Marketing I feel is a winner to me because the authors are the owners of HubSpot. I absolutely love that website. I can totally understand their quote about not to make your website about a one way sale but something that people can breathe with. That is simply amazing!

    • Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for the comments.

      I too love HubSpot, they are certainly leaders in their field and their site is full of useful information. I really like their style their book is a winner also, enjoy.

      Regards

      Tony

  9. Hello and thanks for sharing, these are all awesome books that can really have you on your game. It is good to know of persons that were once where we are and can now show us the way. Another good thing about reading these books is that we get to avoid many of the mistakes that these person made even though they learn from them. These are really great books that your reviewers will love.

    • Hi Norman,

      Many thanks for the the comments.

      Your right, why not take advantage of other peoples journeys? We all make mistakes but like John Dewey said “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” So very true.

      Regards

      Tony

  10. I have actually read 4 hour work week by T Ferris. I think the way he laid out how to achieve financial freedom is quite achievable, but maybe for someone that resides in the west as he outsource a lot of works to people in the east – the key is leveraging the currencies and making other people do the work. Quite brilliant, but maybe some people will turned off by his writing style though.

    Thanks

    • Hi,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Tim Ferris does have a certain writing style that some people may not find to their taste, however what they will find between the pages I feel will more than compensate them if they manage to read and implement his teachings.

      Regards

      Tony

  11. Hey Tony:

    Thanks for your business book recommendations. Your tastes are probably similar to mine since I got the same reactions you did from the books on your list that I have read. That encourages me to try some of the others as well.

    I do agree that “real” books have a presence — a touch, a feel, a heft, a smell — that the electronic books just don’t have. (Of course, I’m still in mourning about the loss of the old serendipitous library cardfiles, so maybe I’m just too retro.)

    • Hi Netta,

      Many thanks for your comments, especially the comments about old books, seems we are on a similar wavelength.

      I hope you find some of the other books on the list a good fit for your own individual circumstances.

      Regasrds

      Tony

  12. This is awesome I love books like this. I can get a lot of valuable information from each. I’m a bit on the older side so I’m not too computer savvy. So for you to have of these books placed out like this. Makes its a lot easier for me. I love it. I will bookmark your site for sure. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi James,

      Many thanks for the comments.

      I’m no spring chicken either but do enjoy learning new technology. I think it’s just a question of keeping the mind open, my Mother is 83 and still learning how to do new things on her iPad.

      I’m glad the list is to your liking and the way it is presented I hope makes it easy to navigate.

      Enjoy reading and good luck for the future.

      Regards
      Tony

  13. Interesting list of books. The only one I have from that list is Think and Grow Rich from Napoleon Hill. One in the list that caught my attention is: The Six-Figure Second Income: How To Start and Grow A Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

    I see that it can be found in Amazon and the reviews seem to be good about it. I’ll probably get the Kindle version.

    • Hi Guy,

      Thanks for the comments.

      I think many people reading the review will have read ‘Think and Grow Rich’. I expect, however, there are plenty of people who have yet to discover it and that is one reason it made it onto the list along with the fact that in my opinion its an exceptional book in many ways, not least for its inspirational value. Any book selling over 100 million copies must have some gold between the pages.

      The Six-Figure Second Income, is as I mentioned in my review one that I have been recommending for some time, I’m sure you will find it a valuable read.

      Regards

      Tony

  14. Thanks for some great suggestions. I’m always on the look out for new and inspiring reading material to help me move forwards with my business – there is so much choice out there its often overwhelming!

    I shall definitely be checking some of these out.

    Do you have a particular favourite of the ones listed?

    Thanks
    Louise

    • Hi Louise,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I have a couple of favorites, Think & Grow Rich and The 4 Hour Workweek, two very different books that inspire me in different ways. One inspires me to grow my business and the other inspires me to find the most efficient and productive ways to achieve my goals while still finding time to enjoy life to the full.

      I hope they can inspire you also.

      Regards

      Tony

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