Narrowing this list to only 10 was not an easy task. I made the mistake of originally wanting to make a Top Ten of Small Business books, but soon learned many of the books on my list needed to be categorized. These are excellent reads. I hope you can find the time to read at least two to three, if not all, of the books from each list. I own (mostly Kindle versions) and have read all of these.
I will start with my favorite recommendations on Starting a Small Business. The other lists I've created are Running a Small Business and Small Business Legal & Tax Help. I will be posting those soon. I'm also working on Top Ten lists for Internet Business and Social Networking for Your Small Business. There are many other worthy categories, and I could have easily gone on and on, but these are the main focus areas of MoneliCo Business Solutions.
Top Ten Books on Starting a Small Business
A VERY comprehensive book on starting a business from the experts at Entrepreneur Magazine. Everything is covered and then offers lots of good resources for acquiring even more help--a plethora of information. It's geared a little more toward product selling businesses (retail) than service businesses, but as a service business owner I still found it INVALUABLE!
2. Growing A Business by Paul Hawken
Although this book was written over 20 years ago, and therefore lacks current business trends (like this little thing called the Internet), it is still a valuable resource for anyone wanting to start or grow a successful business. Commonly referred to as the "business bible", this book gives sound advice and should be part of every business owner's collection.
3. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
This book is a powerful guide to success for small business owners. The author explains the need for "systems" in order for any business to acheive lasting success. It focuses on working ON your business, rather than merely working IN it, allowing you to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
4. Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love by Barbara Winter
In addition to offering advice on creating and starting a business, this book addresses the mental and emotional obstacles business owners face and methods on how to deal with them. It's a great motivational source for anyone thinking about starting a business.
This book is a very thorough, step-by-step guide to growing your business and taking it to the next level. It includes everything from getting off the ground to planning for growth in the future. Leadership is one of the key business aspects covered in this book, along with many other helpful success strategies.
This guide is very user-friendly and loaded with great business tips. It explains how to easily and quickly launch your business with confidence. What I especially like is that it includes all the forms and instructions you will need to do it properly. The book covers everything from taxes to marketing, while presenting a realistic and practical approach to developing a business. All of the Nolo series books are very good.
This is one of the books I was reading when working on my business plan, and I'm so happy I did. In it you will learn to avoid the operational mistakes that can destroy your business, and adopt the practices that will lead you to success. I also like that it is organized very well which makes for a very easy read.