101 Best Business Books for Entrepreneurs, Creatives, and Professionals to Read This Year

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Have you just started a business or are looking forward to starting one? Have no idea what to do? Well, it’s okay for anyone to be a little lost and to be unmotivated at first. Who better to learn the intricacies of business by the masters themselves? Here are 101 best business books for Entrepreneurs, Creatives, and Professionals to Read This Year to jump start their dreams of breaking into the world of business.

1) The E-Myth by Michael.E.Gerber.

This book is especially those for those who have just started a business or are running a small business. Michael.E.Gerber explains perfectly why small businesses cannot work without proper structure and order. He also explains what can be done to avoid the inevitable failure of Small business with proper business management.


2) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert.B.Cialdini.

There is no shame in taking some tips from the past, precisely 1984 when this book was published. This book focuses on the point that any business on this planet is simply a negotiation between two parties.


3) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey.

Truly a masterpiece for new managers around the world. This is one of the most successful productivity books ever written, which inspired many writers to write books in the category. The writing style is not very complicated.


4) How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

A book almost 84 years old and still relevant in this age of business written by Dale Carnegie is one timeless classic. The book has everything the titles suggest and is yet read by people worldwide for their interaction skills.


5) The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

This book is primarily for those who have a tendency to procrastinate and often fall prey to the monster of unproductive tendencies. The book isn’t that big, and it is very easy to read, even for beginners.


6) The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The Effective Executive is an excellent book for people who struggle with leadership and management instances. Initially published in 1966, the book retained its relevance and importance even in this time and age. This book contains lots of stories about various business activities and how to cope up.


7) The Magic of Thinking Big by David J.Schwartz.

This book is for budding entrepreneurs who lack the inspiration and zest for following big dreams. This inspirational work of art focuses on acting on impulses for those who dare to dream big.


8) The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday.

What good is your business if you don’t run into the occasional obstacles once in a while. This book is mainly written for those who feel down when the unexpected strikes and are lost about what to do.


9) The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

   This book is for those who consider themselves a team player. It is essential to focus on oneself so that the business does not consume the person. It advocates the importance of self-preservation and getting ready for significant challenges.


10) Lost and Founder: A painfully honest field guide to the startup world by Rand Fishkin.

  A relatively newer book released in 2018, it’s main aim is to show the reality of the startup world. It teaches the reader that most of the seemingly good expansion strategies often lead to failure and loss.


11) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

One of the smartest business books out there, Outliers tells the stories of many businesses big and small alike. The writer discusses with the readers to stop focusing on imitating what successful people do and instead focus on what they did to get where they are now.


12) Africa Rise and Shine by Jim Ovia.

   This book is about the personal life of Ovia and how he excelled in the banking business by creating the biggest bank in Africa. This book is an incredible work by Jim Ovia, where he managed to tackle each obstacle in his way and rose to the top.


13) The Hero Factor by Jefferey W. Hayzlett and Jim Eber.

     As the name suggests, The Hero Factor provides the reader with the necessary leadership skills, which in turn brings a boom to the business. It focuses on various strategies and culture that is needed to keep a business alive.


14) Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt.

The writer has a strict no BS teaching method in this book that tells the readers, most aspiring entrepreneurs, to stop worrying about petty and insignificant problems and not overcomplicate everything.


15) Boss life by Paul Downs.

This book was so successful that it won the Forbes Best Business Book of the Year 2015. The book is mainly about the steps Downs took to make his business of Custom Furniture a success. This book teaches the reader the consequences of actions one has to face once someone is a business owner.


16) Disrupted by Dan Lyons

A New York Times Bestseller, Disrupted, is one of the most successful books on the market. The book revolves around Dan Lyons, a former magazine writer who was fired and joined a new quirky startup where corporate life was very different from what Dan was used to.


17) Unleash Your Inner Company by John Chisholm.

This book is a guide for people who dream of starting an sustaining a business. This book revolves around the idea that each individual is unique, and everyone has something that they could bring to the table.


18) The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow.

One of the biggest challenges Introverts face while entering the business world is their inability to express themselves clearly. This often leads to frustration for such individuals whose potential mostly remains unfulfilled.


19) Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck.

Crush It is mainly aimed at readers who have a searing passion in their lives and are willing to implement such passion in business. The author demonstrates how a simple hobby you enjoy doing can be monetized by using the Internet.



20) Intuitive Entrepreneurship by Bobak Soltanian.

This book is a guide for anyone who wants to start a business. It has a step by step process that needs to be followed to ensure a company runs smoothly. It also amateur managers who are handling business for the first time.


21) Research to Revenue by Don Rose and Cam Patterson.

This is a unique book that helps University startups—beginning straight from collecting revenue to managing the business on a large scale. This book helps the reader understand the concepts of technology commercialization.



22) Do the KIND Thing by Daniel Lubetzky.

A former New York bestseller, Do the Right thing, is for those entrepreneurs that want to do something good for society. The writer was inspired to write this book when his own brand KIND, the world’s first-ever healthy snack bar, took off.


23) Understanding Lean Startup by Clinton E Day.

Starting your own business is a precarious task because most of them do not sustain over time. Understanding Lean Startup is an analytic guide to success for new startups.


24) The Titanic Effect by Todd Saxton, M.Kim Saxton, and Michael Cloran.

As the name suggests, The Titanic Effect explains why most of the first time startups fail and what can be done to prevent such a catastrophe. Written by Business Professors, this book teaches the reader what not to do or the things to avoid when starting a new business.


25) Farmers Markets by William Hood English.

This book is mainly for those who have started a small scale business, mostly to the Farmers Market vendors. The book isn’t that long and will not take up much of your time. Many of the things taught in this book can also be used on other small scale and growing businesses.


26) Startup Mixology by Frank Gruber.

Startup Mixology is a book mainly for dreamers who want to act on their ideas and convert them into successful businesses. This book teaches everything from building, growing, and sustaining a startup. This book doesn’t beat around the bush and is right on point.


27) The Survival Guide to Starting a Business in the Online Jungle by Justyna Polaczyk.

As seen in the book title, the book teaches the reader everything from creating a website to performing genuine market research and finding the right customers.



28) Start Here by Clay Clark and Marshall Morris.

This book is especially unique due to its raw nature as it leaves no stone unturned when it comes to displaying the harsh realities of the startup world. This book shows the reader some outrageous injustice new business owners have to face.


29) 6 Secrets to Startup Success. By John Bradberry.

It is a well-known fact that the world of business is not lined with Rainbows and Unicorns. Most businesses fail within three years since their inception. This is a good read and has stories from both successful and unsuccessful businesses.


30) Fighting Fear by Mrs.Shenica S.Nelson.

Fighting fear, a book by Shenica S.Nelson, is a book that inspires entrepreneurs through age-old and biblical methods. It mainly aims to strip people of their worries while staring a business. This book reduces the stigma of pressure while following your dreams, however unconventional they might be.


31) Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Ken Banks.

This is a book that focuses on creative problem solving for budding business people who tend to overthink. This book teaches how the internet can be used to tackle problems on a larger scale more effectively.


32) The Resilient Entrepreneur. By Lance McNeil.

This book is for those entrepreneurs who need to develop Resilience to use their potential fully. The book mainly tells the reader about the three phases one has to go through to learn Resilience, which is rehabilitation and regeneration, reflecting adversities, and finally, the lesson which can be learned.


33) International Entrepreneurship by Robert D.Hisrich.

Mainly aimed at individuals who already have a firm dominion on the markets in their region, International Entrepreneurship focuses on the growth of such businesses on an international level. This book teaches one to find the right markets and also the correct strategies when one’s company has to set foot on foreign land.

34) Crazy Good Advice by Tony Loyd.

As quirky as the name sounds, Crazy Good Advice is a phenomenal book that emphasizes inspiring social entrepreneurs. It is almost like a handbook or a guide that all social entrepreneurs should read at least once.


35) The New Startup by David Pike.

This book is for those who want to achieve something for themselves and also enjoy what they do. Pike’s work is essentially a modern guide to launching a Business in a short amount of time and with as minimum capital as possible.


36) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Think and Grow Rich is a classic book that has helped many aspiring and experienced business people alike. This book focuses on changing any business owner or manager’s thought process in a way that will be profitable for a business.

37) The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan.

The Freaks shall Inherit the Earth is a business book for people who can’t get themselves to read business books. This book is mainly for those who have a strong will and are hell-bent on giving something back to the world.


38) Do More Faster by Brad Feld and David Cohen

Do More Faster has all the things you need for starting up your business empire right from the beginning. This book contains TechStars lessons that help in the growth of a business or even startups.


39) The Power of Play, Praise, and Purpose by Kelly Clements.

As a Business Coach. Kelly Clements has already helped a large number of people in setting up their business. This book focuses on the relationship between an entrepreneur and his/her spouse and the pressure a business can do to it.



40) Innovative Management and New Product Development by Paul Trott.

This masterpiece of a book written by Paul Trott is already quite famous among business people as it is included in the MBA curriculum. Currently, at its sixth edition, Innovative Management and New product helps managers and well as researchers to tackle problems.


41) Start your Startup Right by Gregory M. Coticchia.

Start your Startup Right is a book targeted at beginners who have no idea how to start a business on their own. The book teaches the reader how to collect capital from various sources.


42) Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind by Alex Counts.

Starting a business is a tough job, and no matter what anyone says, it has its toll on a person’s psyche. Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind is a book for social entrepreneurs who want to change society.


43) Business time! By Mike Nemeth.

Mike Nemeth, a five-time bestselling author, has a book that every entrepreneur should read at least once. This book helps the reader to unlock their potential fully and thrive in the world of business.


44) Architect and Entrepreneur by Eric W Reinholdt.

This book is perfect for people going through a creative block and needing some advice to boost their creativity. This book is an ideal combination of narration and business, as it always keeps the reader interested.


45) 8 Lessons in Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

The authors describe his struggle while transitioning from a marine to an average citizen in this book and how all the things about leadership and discipline he learned at the military can help a person succeed in the capitalist world.


46) Feel Good and Do Well by Doing Good by Peter S.Milewski.

The pathological greed that comes with running a business leads to nothing but failure in the long run. It is a very shocking truth of life that money does not guarantee happiness, and so Peter S.Milewski helps such entrepreneurs do good for society.


47) Design Before you Design by Jacob DeNeui.

Design Before you Design is a book not only for entrepreneurs but also for literally all the working-class people throughout the world. This book helps people find a new way to bring about social changes and help the needy.


48) The Curve Ahead by D. Power.

The Curve ahead is for Small and Medium Enterprises, who have reached a dead end financially. This book helps such SME’s get back on track and generate more revenue by expanding their business using new, creative business models.


49) The Entrepreneur’s Blueprint to Massive Success by Peter Voogd.

     The Entrepreneur’s Blueprint to Massive Success is a straight edge book for people who want to learn about the harsh realities of business. This book does well not to tone down what failures and disappointment can come if one doesn’t succeed in business.


50) Entrepreneurship by Rhonda Abrams.

Entrepreneurship by Rhonda Abrams is a must-read book for people staring a new business. It contains all the business strategies as well as methods to research on various markets with significant potentials.


51) BORN TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR by Kristyna Zapletal

BORN TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR is a book for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a passion for business and are not afraid of using unconventional methods to succeed.


52) Discover the Entrepreneur Within by Verinder K Syal.

Discover the entrepreneur Within by Verinder K Syal is a step by step guide for people who have ideas but struggle to implement them in their lives. It teaches the reader to segregate good ideas from bad ones.


53) Jasmine Launches a Startup by Bachar Karroum.

Jasmine Launches a Startup is a unique book that tries to teach kids about the various aspects of entrepreneurship and inspires them. It does an essential job of teaching kids about important values like leadership.


54) Young Entrepreneur by Samuel Dixon.

As the name suggests, Young Entrepreneurs are for those who dream big from a very young age. The book has all the facts any young person needs before establishing a business. It also provides a checklist.


55) This is the Answer by Dan Norris.

This book is for those entrepreneurs who are stuck in financial despair and aren’t getting helped by standard advice given in most business books. It teaches the reader not to give attention to people who have minimal ideas about how a business runs.


56) All in Startup by Diana Kander.

This book is more a novel than a business book as it focuses on the life of Owen Chase. Owen Chase is a startup owner with financial problems and has a time limit of nine days before his company shuts down.



57) The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson.

Amy Wilkinson interviewed almost all the founders of high ranking multinational companies and analyzed each of the company’s business strategies. This led to her finding the standard links between them and coming up with a full-proof plan for success.


58) ACT on your Business by Lee Chaix McDonough.

     This book by Lee Chaix McDonough won the number 1 release in the business entrepreneurship award. This book helps the reader get rid of self-doubt and confidence issues through various methods that help people in the long run.


59) Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet.

    This book should be read at least once by managers and entrepreneurs around the world. It provides a 24 step process to start and manage a startup successfully. This book focuses more on the thought process put into making a perfect product above everything else.


60) Straight Talk for Startups by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman.

Straight Talk for Startups by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman is an analytical book that provides the reader with a hundred rules that can help a business succeed and by mastering fundamentals and managing a business efficiently.


61) Foundr Version 1.0

Foundr Media has worked for more than four years to interview various successful entrepreneurs who lead the market and came up with a book with a lot of tips, ideas, and plans for beginners. The book has about seven chapters on how to start and build a business empire.


62) Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.

What better way to learn business than by a person who founded one of the world’s biggest tech companies? This book gives a glimpse of the life of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, and what he did to be where he is today.


63) Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry.

This book emphasizes developing one’s emotional intelligence, which is just as crucial for a business as IQ. Actively promoted Emotional Intelligence helps prevent the mental strain of managing a business.


64) The cultural map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business by Erin Meyer


The cultural map: Breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business by Erin Meyer is mainly aimed at those businesses who aim to reach the global markets. The book is straightforward to understand, and one can easily start venturing into the global market if they have the passion.


65) Don’t dumb down your Greatness by Anthony Fraiser.

As a former business coach, Anthony Fraiser realized that people of color are not getting enough help in entrepreneurship. This book mainly helps young entrepreneurs of color to strengthen their minds.


66) Patterns of Entrepreneurship Management by Jack M.Kaplan and Anthony C.Warren.

    This book is for beginner entrepreneurs who want to skyrocket their businesses. The writers use their own experience to help young entrepreneurs make the correct choices.


67) Small Business: BIG VISION by Adam and Matthew Toren.

As the name suggests, small business: BIG VISION is a hit among small business owners and people who want to show their skills through freelancing. The writers have shown various methods through which a person’s abilities can be used to the fullest.




68) Trust by Tarun Khanna

This 2018 book is based on the fundamental concept of trust between the employer and employees. This book emphasizes on how trust is the most valuable thing around which any business big and small should be based on.


69) The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

    One of the more successful books on business management, the book teaches the readers the methods through which they can increase productivity. The book has all the essentials for a business to have a proper structure and prosper.


70) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike by Phil Knight.

Most of us know how big Nike is in the sports industry, but few know the efforts put into the making of this multinational conglomerate. The story focuses on Phil Knight, the founder of the globally recognized brand ‘Nike.’


71) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

Dave Ramsey, quite a well-known name in the world of business, has come up with this book that has sold millions of copies worldwide. Dave Ramsey teaches the delicate art of making and managing money with his personal experiences.


72) Retire Inspired: It’s not an age, It’s a Financial Number by Chris Hogan.

Chris Hogan, in this book, teaches the importance of investing money for retirement to young entrepreneurs. The book acts as a guide for people in business who are worried about retirement and the emotions related to it.


73) Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise.

   Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise is aimed at those entrepreneurs who often have a tendency to slack off and are tormented by small but unproductive habits. This book teaches the reader that small changes can turn it around for the better.


74) The Founder’s Dilemmas by Naom Wasserman.

The Founder’s Dilemmas focuses on the problems faced by any person who has started a business. A guide to maintaining social life in a crisis is a must-read for anyone who lets businesses get in the way of their relationships.


75) The Age of Metapreneurship by Cj Cornell.

The Age of Metapreneurship by Cj Cornell teaches entrepreneurs the advantages of a modern approach to entrepreneurship. This book emphasizes that even though most of the old methods of managing a business are still good, they are not enough to cope with modern society.


76) The Spiritual Journey of Entrepreneurship by Jolie Dawn.

The Spiritual Journey of Entrepreneurship is a unique take on the world of entrepreneurship. This book contains the stories and narratives from 13 different successful entrepreneurs as they help guide young minds.


77) Never too Late to Startup by Rob Kornblum.

Never too Late to Startup by Rob Kornblum is a book for the older readers who have developed a knack for entrepreneurship. This book aims to abolish the notion that only young minds have a chance of starting and succeeding as entrepreneurs.


78) The Experience Economy by B.Joseph Pine II and James H.Gilmore.

     Originally published in the year 1999, The Experienced Economy is still very much relevant today. Truly one of the classics, the book teaches new ways to attract customers through unorthodox means and stand out compared to your competitors.



79) Burn the Business Plan by Carl J.Schramm.

    As crazy as the title sounds, Burn the Business plan delivers by narrating the stories of very successful entrepreneurs that started their businesses without any proper business plans. Carl J.Schramm believes that not everybody has to attend business school to create an empire of their own.


80) Small town Big Money by Colby Williams

In this book, Colby Williams demonstrates how businesses can be started even in small towns where there is minimal competition. This book helps entrepreneurs who want to earn a decent amount of money while also contributing to the development of smaller cities and towns.


81) Accelerate This! By Ryan Kushner.

 A very interesting read for entrepreneurs, Accelerate This! has a ton of advice and tips from tech giants all around the globe. The book helps entrepreneurs understand accelerators and how they can be used to generate revenue.


82). Unwound by Ethan Senturia.

It is a well-known fact that it isn’t easy being successful, even if you have what you think is a full proof plan. Unwound by Ethan Senturia aims at helping such entrepreneurs who have failed and help them get back up.


83) New to Big by David Kidder and Christina Wallace.

Veteran Businessmen and investors, Kidder and Wallace, have demonstrated all the basics that small business owners can use to make their companies big. Wallace and Kidder explain how customers should be studied, and products should be innovated in their 2019 book.


84) Social startup success by Kathleen Kelly Janus.

By surveying more than 200 successful startups, Professor Kathleen Kelly Janus believes she has cracked the code of success for new startups. The book focuses on entrepreneurs who want to help their communities and environment by inculcating such values in their business model.


85) Acting up by Janice by Bryant Howroyd.

The first black woman to own a billion-dollar business, Janice Bryant Howroyd, did not live a smooth life and felt prey to racism and sexism throughout her journey. According to her, these hurdles only made her stronger, and she wrote this book to inspire people like her to achieve their dreams.


86) What you know about Startups is Wrong by KP Reddy.

KP Reddy comes smashing through the lies that surround the startup industry with his book. What you know about Startups is Wrong. In this absolute ruthlessness of a masterpiece, KP Reddy breaks down the myths and shows the readers the harsh truths about the entrepreneurship world.


87) Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch.

Duct tape marketing is one of the simplest and most effective means of marketing small businesses that often suffer from weak marketing strategies and inevitably reason for failure. The writer gives all the means for establishing a good market strategy.


88) Entrepreneurship the Disney way by Michael G.Goldsby and Rob Matthews.

Almost everyone in the world has heard about Walt Disney at some point in their lives, but very few people know what went behind creating one of the world’s biggest entertainment companies. This book exhaustively tells the story Of Walt Disney.


89) Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship by Teresa Chahine.

Entrepreneurs all Around The World come together to fight the changes happening to the environment and use resources more carefully to betterment the planet. This book helps young entrepreneurs to give back to the world while managing their businesses.


90) The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman.

Josh Kaufman, the founder of PersonalMBA.com, is a revolutionary in the field of business. In this book, he explains the lack of a need for a person to go into Business School to succeed.


91) Millionaire Moves by William F.Pickard.

Millionaire moves by John F.Pickard is essentially a 7 point program for people who want to start a business. This book teaches young entrepreneurs to find inspiration through any means; however, quirky they might seem.


92) The New Entrepreneurz by ronen Gafni and Simcha Gluck.

The new Entrepreneurz are people who like to do things differently using unconventional means. The book focuses on the fact that people have to change with changing times to succeed in the ruthless world of business.


93) The entrepreneur’s guide to keeping your sh*t together. By Sherry walling.

As erratic as the name sounds, this a fabulous book for people running a business to maintain their relationships. Most people staring a business often suffer from stress and isolation, and this book is the best remedy to that problem.


94) Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur.

Million-dollar women, as the name suggests is a book that helps female entrepreneurs throughout the world Julia Pimsleur shares her story of building a multi-million dollar empire and how many women in the world can achieve the same with the right motivation.


95) The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D.Johnson.

The Entrepreneur Mind is more of a mindset that needs to be developed by young entrepreneurs to create and expand their business. In this book, Kevin D.Johnson tells the young entrepreneurs the habits that successful entrepreneurs have, making them what they are.


96) Startup Communities by Brad Feld.

Another Great book by Brad Feld, Startup Communities, is about the surge of creative communities forming throughout the world called startup communities that breed innovation. These Startup Communities nurture good bonds between young entrepreneurs and provide means of such individuals to help each other.


97) The Entrepreneur Roller coaster by Darren Hardy.

Darren Hardy did intensive research to discover why most new businesses fail even if they have very good products or services. During this research, Hardy struck gold when he found out that most companies fail due to internal factors rather than external factors.


98) Getting Past NO by William Ury.

Getting Past No by William Ury is an excellent book when it comes to the art of negotiation. Most of the customers don’t trust newer businesses, and this book aims to build trust within the consumers to change their previous NO into a YES.


99) Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Lief Babin.

Written by Two ex-navy SEALS, Extreme Ownership is a guide to success using discipline and hard work. This book teaches a sense of leadership and responsibility, the two things most people struggle with.


100) What got you here won’t get you there by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter.

This book teaches the reader how harmful procrastination can be in the long run. The book demonstrates how simple changes in habits can significantly change one’s life.


101) The purpose is Profit by Wyn Lydecker and Ed “Skip” McLaughlin

The Amazon bestseller, The Purpose is Profit is one of the best business books in the market today. The authors use their own experience to guide readers through the challenges of starting a new business and how to thrive despite obstacles.


102) Bold by Peter H.Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

This book consists of three parts that explore the technologies that are disrupting industries today, understanding the psychology of billionaires, and using the hyper-connected crowd for the benefit of his/her business.


103) The Startup Checklist by David S.Rose and Bill Gross.

     This book is an absolute must for all budding entrepreneurs throughout the world. It’s necessarily a 25 step guide on how to kick start a business by learning everything about the startup business world

Final Verdict

These are some of the best books you will ever read on entrepreneurship, but keep in mind that once you finish reading them, the entire show is focused only on you and you. Make sure you make the most of your life and contribute to society equally.


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