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Starting a Business

Dave Nat "dave_nat"
The list author says: "A friend asked for books about starting a small business, I thought I'd make a listmania list so the recommendations could be used by others, too. A couple of the titles are geared towards California, but most are universally applicable."
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
"Guy Kawasaki has a great perspective, and is more than just informative, he'd provocative in a good way."
The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business : A Step-By-Step Blueprint for the First-Time Entrepreneur
The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business : A Step-By-Step Blueprint for the First-Time Entrepreneur
"A good solid guide, not anything earth-shattering, but well organized and on-target for the intended purpose."
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
"Gerber stretches the mindset of the typical entrepreneur and introduces a concept that isn't even considered by most: scalability. Good book!"
Successful Business Planning in 30 Days: A Step-By-Step Guide for Writing a Business Plan and Starting Your Own Business, Third Edition
Successful Business Planning in 30 Days: A Step-By-Step Guide for Writing a Business Plan and Starting Your Own Business, Third Edition
"A business plan is essential is you have or hope to have investors or secure financing. This book is good in that it is aimed at the small startup, and has examples that fit that audience."
How to Start Your Own Business Without Losing Your Shirt: Secrets of Seventeen Successful Entrepreneurs
How to Start Your Own Business Without Losing Your Shirt: Secrets of Seventeen Successful Entrepreneurs
"Mortimer Levitt was an amazing man. He not only sought to make money with his business, but to positively impact the lives of his employees and customers. He was a very classy man, and had the sort of street smarts that built a lot of this world. Not a comprehensive guide, more of a book of guidance. This book is out of print, but worth tracking down used."
The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California
The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California
"A a great guide for the legal necessities of starting a business in California. Nolo also has books for other states, and good generic guides on the same and related topics."
Design and Launch an E-Commerce Business in a Week (ClickStart Series)
Design and Launch an E-Commerce Business in a Week (ClickStart Series)
"This recommendation is more about this series as a whole. Entrepreneur magazine has a number of these on different topics, such as professional services, restaurants, and other areas. They are highly targeted guides and very worthwhile."
Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business (Harvard Business Essentials)
Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business (Harvard Business Essentials)
"A very carefully organized book, a good solid basis for putting all the elements in place for a business startup."
Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business
Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business
"This book has some fluff, and needs to be read with discernment. Not every approach mentioned is as solid or as widely applicable as the rest in this book. That said, it's a great overview of many low-cost and free ways to market your small business."
Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need
Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need
"Networking is a part of business, and there are formal and informal dimensions to it. Mackay is a master, and he speaks from his own formidable experience. There are many good books on the topic, his is one of the best."
Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of SUCCESS
Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of SUCCESS
"It's nice to have some books and resources to "pick you up" from time to time. Gitomer's is fresh, readable, compact, and has nice online adjuncts. He has a whole series of these little books, but this one is among the best."
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
"Gary Vaynerchuk is a living example of the value of understanding and focusing on your passion. This book covers how the modern connectedness the internet and social networks in particular allow businesses to connect with customers in ways unheard of just a few years ago. A great book!"