17 Essential Business Books For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you want to want to start your own business and need a mentor but you can't afford it, the best way is to buy books written by credential experts and successful entrepreneurs! These days, more and more of us are having the itch to start a business.

Whether it’s because you hate your daily job and you want more flexibility and freedom, or you just know deep inside that you’re meant to be an entrepreneur and yes – it’s absolutely possible!

The 17 Business Books For Aspiring Entrepeneurs

If you’re serious in starting your own business and want it bad enough for the long term and really make a difference in your life, here are 17 essential know-how to prepare you for the battle ahead.

17 Essential Business Books For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – more than three million copies sold and one of the most recommend books by Top CEO’s with 2,070 customer reviews. “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

He also wrote: Great By Choice , How The Mighty Fall and Built To Lastgood-to-great-why-some-companies-make-the-leap-and-others-dont

The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs – in this book, Kevin D distills the most important lessons of entrepreneurship: to achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth—to reach the upper echelons of entrepreneurs, you have to change the way you think. This is a way of thinking that comes from learning the vital lessons of the best entrepreneurs.the-entrepreneur-mind-100-essential-beliefs-characteristics-and-habits-of-elite-entrepreneurs

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – is the ultimate driver’s manual for modern business. Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. He also wrote: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Thank You Economy and #AskGaryVeecrush-it-why-now-is-the-time-to-cash-in-on-your-passion

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking –  Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions.Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Contagious: Why Things Catch On – The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. “Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go viral’ than anyone in the world” why-things-catches-on

No More Sleepless Nights  – Dr. Hauri’s internationally acclaimed sleep therapy program  offers much more than helpful hints. Entrepreneurs grind all the time but self care, especially sleep is vital.no-more-sleepless-nights

Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School – brings together some of Richard Bronson’s best advice, distilling the experiences and insights that have made him one of the world’s most recognized and respected business leaders.


Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content – a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer.everybody-writes-your-go-to-guide-to-creating-ridiculously-good-content

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs –  chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships).


Related Reading: 37 Best Books Every Women Should Read

Thinking Fast And Slow  – Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. thinking-fast-and-slow

Conscious Capitalism – you’ll better understand how four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management—can help build strong businesses, move capitalism closer to its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.conscious-capitalism-with-a-new-preface-by-the-authors-liberating-the-heroic-spirit-of-business

Positive Intelligence  –  in this book have been refined over years of coaching hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams.  Shirzad tells many of their remarkable stories, showing you how you too can take concrete steps to unleash the vast, untapped powers of your mind.positive-intelligence-why-only-20-of-teams-and-individuals-achieve-their-true-potential-and-how-you-can-achieve-yours

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain – John Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s.spark-the-revolutionary-new-science-of-exercise-and-the-brain

Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want – Using client stories and her own saga of moving from $20,000 of debt to complete financial freedom by the age of 28, Northrup acts as a guide in your quest for personal financial freedom. money-a-love-story-untangle-your-financial-woes-and-create-the-life-you-really-want

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. He also wrote: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success 


Related Reading: 10 Must Read Books For Bloggers

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives – celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. messy-the-power-of-disorder-to-transform-our-lives

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life – a revolutionary, science-based approach that allows us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. Renowned psychologist Susan David developed this concept after studying emotions, happiness, and achievement for more than twenty years.



  1. Nadalie

    Hi Janica,

    WOW I have a lot of reading to do. Somehow I haven’t read any of these books as yet. How sad is that?

    Although if I’m being honest, I’m a bit too busy with the business of business for reading. 🙁

    Definitely bookmarking this one, I shall get reading when things slow down.

    Thanks for the reading list,

    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
    NEW POST: 12 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Mind

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hey Nadalie! Love that you like my reading list <3 Find sometime to slow down so you can rest a bit 🙂 Have a great day ahead! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Mama Fish Saves

    I read all the time (at least a book a week) and I have only read one of the titles on your list – Thinking, Fast and Slow! These look amazing and are being added to my GoodReads list as we speak! Thank you!

  3. Renee Groskreutz

    Whew I could spend all year on this list. Right now I am reading Tools of Titans from Tim Ferris. It is super good.

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Haha! Yes Renee I know right if only we can just spend all our lives reading books 🙂 I also love the book “Do The Work” also by Tim Ferris he’s incredible! I’ll check out the book you mentioned so excited for it 🙂

  4. Jay Artale

    Great Resource list … plenty I haven’t come across before. thanks for sharing. ~~ Jay @BirdsOAFpress

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello Jay! Happy that you liked it! Definitely add them up to your reading list (plus a cup of tea or coffee with my chocolate cake, oh yes!) 🙂

  5. Nicole @OldSchoolReads

    This is a great list. The Emotional Agility book stands out to me. Can’t thrive, if you can’t get your emotions working for you, and not against you. I’m pinning this post to my best business books board. Cheers.

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Oh yes yes yes! I am guilty of that lol it’s really a challenge to manage your emotions but its the most important one! I’ve added that book into my “Next in line” reading list 🙂

  6. Angela J. Ford

    Ah so many great books! I loved “Thinking Fast and Slow” it really challenged me to be intentional about my thoughts and actions. I’m putting the rest of these on my reading list!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello Angela! Happy to see you again bookworm! 😉 I’m currently reading (hope to finish soon) the Thinking fast and slow love love love it!

  7. LJ Sedgwick

    I love Quiet! It’s an awesome book. I’d also recommend The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins. His techniques are great for any professional!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello LJ! Thanks for recommending that book I’ll check it out 🙂

  8. Steven Goodwin

    I have had Good To Great on my to read list for a while! Might have to try to get it done in 2017!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hi Steven, I’ve read that book over and over again and its amazing. Hope you can finish reading it!

  9. Mrs. Mommy Mack

    Just what I needed! Pinned this to start BUYING ALL THE BOOKS! Thanks!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hello Ashley! So so so happy you love my favorite books! I know for real this will help you out – you won’t be able to put them down 😀

  10. Angela J. Ford

    Great suggestions! Have you read “Make a Micro-Business”? It goes beyond the “pep talk” that’s common in business book and gives you action steps so you can make it happen!

    1. Janica Khemlani

      Hey Angela! Haven’t read that one – will definitely check it out! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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