The Best Books For Part-Time Entrepreneurs

The Books I Picked & Why

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

By Eric Ries

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Why this book?

An essential approach to building new businesses by focusing on experimentation and learning to make smart decisions based on data. In this instant classic, Ries shows you how you can test ideas without wasting time and energy and then move quickly without taking unnecessary risks.  It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to be a 10% Entrepreneur.


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The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

By Noam Wasserman

The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

Why this book?

This book is a practical and research-driven guide to making smart decisions from the earliest days of an enterprise, whether you’re structuring your partnership or figuring out how much capital to raise. Packed with interesting and memorable stories, this is a book about how doing things right from the beginning can be the difference between failure and success in an entrepreneurial venture.


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Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

By Suneel Gupta, Carlye Adler

Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

Why this book?

This is a compelling and fast-paced read about how you can develop a compelling pitch that will convince people to back you. Whether you are looking for investors, customers, business partners, or employees, knowing how to pitch your ideas in a compelling way is absolutely essential. This book dives deep into that challenge with tons of ideas and advice.


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Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success

By Tom Eisenmann

Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success

Why this book?

As a professor at Harvard Business School, Eisenmann has taught a generation of entrepreneurs how to launch and scale businesses. He has then watched as some of these promising businesses fail. This book explores the 6 major patterns of failure in entrepreneurial ventures, shows how they play out in the real world, and gives you the tool to avoid a similar fate.


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Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

By Dorie Clark

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

Why this book?

So many entrepreneurs work endless hours without finding a way to monetize their work. They achieve success on paper, but don’t actually reap the financial benefits. This book provides a roadmap to monetize your talents in a number of ways – from building your brand to figuring out how to get people to pay for your services. 


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