Books To Read for First Time Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur or starting a business for the first time can be overwhelming. In fact, taking a break to read is such a privilege. So when you get the opportunity to do so, ensure whatever books you’ve picked is well worth your precious time.

We recommend a nice balance of facts, stories, inspiration and strategies that leave you changed and motivated. By taking the time and effort to read it, you would want to be able to learn and grow from it.

Here are some recommendations that you could check out to familiarise yourself with some entrepreneurial industry insights.


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries


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Eric Ries developed the idea for Lean Startup from his past experiences. Failure after failure, Ries began to develop the startup movement that is transforming how new products are built and launched.

Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business but it helps you to recognise strategies that will help you learn more quickly on what works best for your business and discard what doesn’t. The book is divided into three sections – Vision, Steer and Accelerate – and it aims to maximise efficiency, minimise cash burn, and reduce the chances of failure.


Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel


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If you want to learn how to build your business, your brand and your finance, you probably should turn to the self-made billionaire for advice. Recommended by entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, Zero to One will challenge the way you think that will help to push your start-up forward.

This book can help you get that boost you need to your start-up company. The great thing about this book is that he makes things simple and doesn’t beat around the bush, and providing you information that you can actually use.


The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau


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This is a great book for anyone who feels deterred by the lack of funds.

In this book, Chris Guillebeau shares 50 of the most amazing success stories of entrepreneurs who started with little money and have made more than $50,000. This is the perfect book to get you to move forward without focusing too much on the money. His advice? Get the idea, embrace the passion, and the rest will follow.

This book provides you inspiration and perspectives to find better ways to get things done without draining your finances.

*Text by Chris Tan