10 books every small business entrepreneur should read (free PDF)

Building a successful SMB requires planning, sacrifice, and a lot of hard work—along with a continual effort to learn about best practices and pitfalls to avoid. This ebook lists 10 popular titles that are must-reads for those who aspire to build a thriving small business.

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Lots of people dream of starting their own business, but very few make the leap. Even fewer turn their entrepreneurial attempts into true success–what separates the winners from the rest of the pack?

If your dream is to helm your own business–whether in the tech industry or elsewhere–there are some rules you need to live by. Here’s a collection of 10 books that are some of the most popular guides to SMB success.

1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
First up is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Sure, “grit” is one of those buzzwords that quickly get annoying, but that doesn’t mean author Angela Duckworth doesn’t have something important to say.

Grit sets out to answer the question of why some people, given the same skills and intellectual capability, succeed where others fail. The answer she comes up with is, obviously, grit, which she defines as a combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

Anyone who wants to be a success in the world of business needs to have those two qualities in abundance, so do yourself a favor and check out Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

2. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Entrepreneurs, author Michael E. Gerber argues, aren’t the best at running businesses. They are creative and are great at coming up with world-changing ideas, but the minutiae of running a business often escape them.

In The E-Myth Revisited Gerber presents the franchise format as the ideal structure for a small business. Clearly outlined rules, regulations, and a plan for success in a short period of time are all necessary for a franchise, and he says they’re necessary for any entrepreneurial endeavor.

If you’re the kind of person who has an idea, but not the supporting skills to manage the day-to-day that success will take, The E-Myth Revisited is a book you should take a look at.

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