By Rhett Power.
No matter how long you have been in business there is always more to learn.
Whether you have only recently started entertaining the thought of striking out on your own or you’ve been an entrepreneur for a while, we can all agree on one thing, there is always more to learn. The other thing we can all agree on is that trying to find the information you need can be overwhelming. How do you know what site to visit? What blog to read? What book to download?
Let’s start with eBooks. Below is a list of 14 free eBooks that will help you grow as an entrepreneur and help you grow your business. The best part is most of them are short and can be read on a lunch break.
1. 50 Startup Founders Reveal Why Their Startups Failed – Thomas Oppong
Learning from our own mistakes can be a frustrating process. Being able to learn from others’ mistakes gives you a head start when it comes to starting your own business. Use the lessons from 50 other entrepreneurs so you can avoid the same mistakes.
2. The Lucky Brand – David Brier
Brand marketing is essential to all businesses. This book provides outlines for 10 branding strategies to help your business stand out from the rest and attract more customers.
3. Unleashing the Ideavirus – Seth Godin
Coming up with new and effective marketing strategies can be difficult. The author, Seth Godin, decided to ditch traditional marketing methods and embrace a new strategy within the digital world. His book is full of new and practical online marketing ideas.
4. Mastering Creativity – James Clear
Mental blocks. Those two dreaded words that every person in a creative occupation fears. Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or musician, the effects of those two words can range from mildly annoying to career destroying. Learn how to overcome mental blocks by understanding how creativity works.
5. How to Start a Business You Love & That Loves You Back – Michele Pariza Wacek
Enthusiasm for your work has positive effects; not only on your mood but also on the success of your business. If you’re struggling to find joy in your work, this book can help. Everyone gets burnt out once in a while, but don’t let it become permanent.
6. 279 Days to Overnight Success – Chris Guillebeau
Get rich quick schemes are exactly what they say they are: schemes. If you’re willing to put in the real effort a legitimate business requires, the tips included in this eBook can help new and established businesses grow their online presence.
7. The New Rules of Viral Marketing – David Meerman Scott
Online marketing is an entirely different approach from the traditional ways of marketing your business. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to spread your ideas with the click of a mouse, this is the book for you.
8. 4 Steps to a Happy Startup – The Happy Startup School
Turn your passion into profit. Some of the things you’ll find inside: determine your purpose as a company, knowing your customers, how to write a business plan, and other ways to love your business.
9. Focus – Leo Babuta
This books shares his core beliefs about minimizing the stress in your life and learnings how to become more Zen. Leo’s habit blog is amazing.
10. The Pomodoro Technique – Francesco Cirillo
Time management skills and productivity go hand in hand. If you struggle with either, try the unique and easy approach presented in this book.
11. Getting From Employee 5 to 50 – Workable
Hiring the right employees is an art and a science. Here you will find information on topics such as headhunting, interviewing, and employee branding with real-life examples.
12. 50 Ways to Plan for Small Business Success – Erica Nicole
The founder of YFS Magazine, Erica Nicole, has put together a book filled with results-oriented tips. Create a successful plan for your business with advice from leading entrepreneurs.
13. 7 Secrets for Growing Your Own Frugal Business – Jean Wilson Murray, MBA, PHD
Creating a new business is not only hard work, it’s also expensive. Read these tips on how to save money and work smarter, not harder.
14. Startup Guide – Harvard University Office of Technology Development
This book a high-level guide and overview of the important questions and issues that you will face as you as you start a new company.
15. Viral Copy – Brian Clark
If you write for your business (which you should), the aim of the game is for it to go ‘viral’. Brian Clark of Copyblogger shares his top practical tips on how to write viral copy.
This list is just a start and I know it is missing some very great titles. If you have an ebook that has helped you, please post in the comments section so that everyone can take advantage of your recommendation.