Business and marketing books are a dime a dozen, but there are some that address problems young people specifically face. And yes, entrepreneurs should still be reading books, not just watching videos or reading short online articles. There are classics you’ll miss out on if you take that approach!
“Business Adventures” John Brooks
Many younger entrepreneurs get into business because they have a passion, and likely didn’t attend business school. If that sounds like you, you need to brush up on classic business topics like income tax, the stock market, and other basics. While they can be a little boring to study, this book teaches people through intriguing stories. It was originally published in 1969, but some stories never get old.
“Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” Gary Vaynerchuk
This social media marketing book is updated and fresh. It focuses on telling your story in order to promote your business, an approach that’s consistently more important online. Published in 2013, this blueprint to social marketing is still relevant and highly recommended.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Stephen Covey
Another classic, this 1989 hit is a must-read for entrepreneurs. It covers characteristics that make you not only a better business owner, but a more effective and compassionate person. The book is actually now the foundation for leadership curriculums in thousands of schools across the world. Something must be working, right?
“She Means Business” Carrie Green
No, you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy this title! Carrie Green built a successful online business, then founded the Female Entrepreneur Association. It’s important to network with like-minded people, but this book has ubiquitous and universal business ideas and motivation to get you started where you are. She focuses on the passion, not just the product.
“Start Your Own Business” Entrepreneur Media
Everybody needs a place to start. Taking that first step can be scary, but this essential guide walks you through starting a business from start to finish. The step-by-step instructions are easy to understand, yet though-provoking. You can’t get wrong with this manual, written and published by true business experts.
All of these books can be purchased online, but for the thrifty young entrepreneur, I would recommend snagging them with a library card instead. While you’re perusing the shelves for the titles I mentioned, you’ll come across a hundred other titles that catch your eye. I found many of these books the exact same way. If they’re not available in the library, try an ebook.
Whichever way you decide to read the top business titles, be sure to take notes and be an active reader. If you’re just starting out on your journey, it’s a long road ahead, and you’ll need all the support you can get!
Founder of ForME, a network to inspire and support ambitious young people, Abby Lee Hood is a Nashville-based author and entrepreneur who helps brands realize their potential through soulful social media management and writes YA science fiction. Follow her on social media on Instagram @abbyleetakespictures or on Twitter @For_Millennials.