10 Must Read Business Books for every Home Based Entrepreneur

Aparna Jaiswal

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"He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. "

- Lao Tzu


Venturing into a business can be daunting, even if it stems from the comfort of your home. It involves handling a number of elements, all from manufacturing to delivery. Tackling the obstacles that emerge from starting one’s own business can prove difficult, but with the right guidelines provided by these best startup books, it can be more than achievable. 


Here is a list of some of the best business books you can read that offer insight on how to set up a home or small scale business.


  • “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey


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Being efficient and effective in everything you do is probably one of the key elements that an entrepreneur must possess in order to make things work. This book acts as a handbook that gives tips on how to be more effective in both personal and professional domains and has a relatable approach that is easy to grasp and implement.


  • “The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup” by Noam T. Wasserman


The Founder's Dilemmas


Deciding what to do is not as straightforward as it may seem, it is important to know that the steps you take are necessary and fit your requirements. This popular book looks at the experiences of other entrepreneurs, cites examples from their journey and gives the reader a sense of dealing with everyday entrepreneurial problems.


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  • “The E Myth” by Michael E. Gerber


“The E Myth”


In this book, author and small business consultant Gerber debunks some of the myths that surround starting one’s own business. Gerber explains the hurdles and technicalities of a business and how to overcome them from his own long term experience as an entrepreneur.


  • “Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money” by Pat Flynn


Will It Fly?


It is universally known that there is always a risk involved with any new business, Flynn’s book acknowledges that and helps the reader evaluate their business plans, giving them an insight to whether or not your business will be a fit in the long run.


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  • “Lucky or Smart? Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur” by Bo Peabody


“Lucky or Smart?


Written by the entrepreneurial sensation Bo Peabody, the book provides a view of how luck and intelligence work hand in hand in the inception and execution of a business. It does so by giving the example of Peabody’s own success and personal journey. 


  • “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur” by Pamela Slim


“Escape from Cubicle Nation


The need to break free from the routine and hassles of a typical corporate job is one of the pivotal reasons that drive one to become an entrepreneur. Slim’s book addresses this and guides the reader through the decision of leaving a traditional job and delving into the world of business.


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  • “The Barefoot Executive” by Carrie Wilkerson


“The Barefoot Executive”


With the reference of her personal journey, Wilkerson guides the reader on the basic “how to’s” of an online or home-run business. The book explores topics like brand building, market strategy development, how to find a target consumer base and much more through easy to read and understand tables and diagrams that make this book a good choice for beginners.


  • “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future” by Chris Guillebeau


“The $100 Startup


In his book, Guillebeau shatters the belief that one needs an elaborate budget to get started on a business. The book follows 1500 business owners that made an initial investment of $100 or less on their idea and became successful entrepreneurs. It is an insightful and motivational read that sparks drive among readers.


  • “Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business” by Toolkit Media Group


Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business


If you are looking to start your own business this can prove to be a handy reference book, complete with model business plans, case studies and much more. This book explains the entire setting up of a business and also walks you through effective human resource management strategies.


  • “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries


The Lean Startup


Ries offers a fresh perspective on entrepreneurship in his book by replacing old concepts with new and innovative ones such as rapid prototyping, nimble management and more.


Referencing his personal experience he has provided readers with stories and case studies that give readers a different outlook on businesses.


They say books are windows to knowledge and these best business books for beginners will provide readers with numerous tips, tricks and strategies to establish their home businesses and become thriving entrepreneurs.


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