That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
–Amos Bronson Alcott
So many books, so little time. With every new year comes resolution making and a change for the better. A perfect time for the entrepreneur to put in place plans of action to achieve their goals for the coming year.
We’ve taken a selection of the best books for the ecommerce entrepreneur and compiled it into a must read checklist.
Hungry for business success in 2017? Read on...
The lean startup, Eric Ries
“Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It's about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it's too late. Now is the time to think Lean.”
The 4-hour work week, Timothy Ferris
“Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.”
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Blake Masters
“The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.”
Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth, Gabriel Weinberg
“Most startups don't fail because they can't build a product. Most startups fail because they can't get traction. Building a successful company is hard. Smart entrepreneurs know that the key to success isn't the originality of your offering, the brilliance of your team, or how much money you raise. It's how consistently you can grow and acquire new customers.”
What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest, Denise Lee Yohn
“It′s tempting to believe that brands like Apple, Nike, and Zappos achieved their iconic statuses because of serendipity, an unattainable magic formula, or even the genius of a single visionary leader. However, these companies all adopted specific approaches and principles that transformed their ordinary brands into industry leaders. In other words, great brands can be built and Denise Lee Yohn knows exactly how to do it.”
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
“Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionised six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”
Have you read any books that have inspire your business dreams? Let us know.