Better Than an MBA: 8 Entrepreneurship Books to Give Your Business the Edge

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Better Than an MBA: 8 Entrepreneurship Books to Give Your Business the Edge

Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or a budding entrepreneur, the power of knowledge is unparalleled in shaping your path to success. In this blog, we highlight eight must-read books meticulously curated to inspire, guide and equip entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and mindset necessary to navigate the business world.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Described as a “must-read” in the startup scene, “The Lean Startup” introduces an innovative approach to building companies. Ries draws inspiration from lean manufacturing, a systematic method focused on minimizing waste to maximize productivity. This book encourages leaving assumptions behind, embracing uncertainty and challenging current business plans. Discover how adapting quickly to customer feedback and shifting gears in response to changes can propel your venture to success.

The Personal MBA by Josh KaufmanThe Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

Many people have compared this book to an intensive MBA course. Instead of spending money on an expensive business title, you can learn all the concepts you need to be successful in business in one book. “The Personal MBA” is the most comprehensive of all the books on starting a business on this list. Marketing, trading, strategy and goal setting are all covered.

Good to Great by Jim CollinsGood to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

“In Good to Great,” Jim Collins describes how good companies make the transition into great ones and uses case studies (both good and bad) of businesses that have succeeded and failed in making the transition. Collins’ book is perfect for entrepreneurs looking to understand what gives successful businesses an inside edge.

Company of One by Paul JarvisCompany of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis

“Company of One” offers a refreshingly original business strategy that’s focused on a commitment to being better instead of bigger. Why? Because staying small provides a business owner with the freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life and avoid the headaches of traditional growth-oriented business.

The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. GerberThe E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work And What To Do About It’ by Michael Gerber

“The E-Myth Revisited” is a must-read book for any entrepreneur, whether starting a new business or running a mature company. It is full of actionable advice and does a great job of dispelling what Gerber calls “The Entrepreneurial Myth.” Running a successful business requires more than technical skills and a good idea, and this is one of the few books out there that will provide you with a rubric for success.

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman and Joe KnightFinancial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman and Joe Knight

The book provides a solid foundation in financial basics and includes practical exercises for hands-on learning. Readers will gain insights into financial data assumptions, income statements and balance sheets and will learn how to use ratios to assess a venture’s financial health.


Traction by Gino WickmanTraction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
Gino Wickman lays out a comprehensive system for scaling and growing businesses. “Traction” introduces the “Entrepreneurial Operating System,” which provides a framework for improving processes, communication and accountability, ultimately leading to sustainable growth.


The Success Principles by Jack CanfieldThe Success Principles by Jack Canfield

“The Success Principles” will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose and realize your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles that successful men and women have used throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life.


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