Best Business Books 2017

Starting a business is a hard decision to make. People invariably dream of passive income streams and being able to earn money in their sleep or whilst sat on the beach somewhere tropical drinking a local cocktail.

It doesn’t often work out that way!

Often what you need is a real life, candid and frank insight into the world of entrepreneurship. If you play it right of course, then it is possible to strike that holy grail of a work life balance.

How though? Where do you start? Do you know what knowledge is required to start and operate a business? Do you have what it takes in terms of mindset and strength?

We’ve been where you are, and where you want to be, but we didn’t do it alone. Reading relevant books is of paramount importance. Here we’ve listed our fave 5. This list took some putting together, the field was large. My personal favourite is Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week. That’s where we’d all love to be, but Tim somehow explains it in a way that’s entirely possible. I’d love to hear your feedback, email me on


Start To Grow: An Entrepreneur’s Guide from Business Idea to Early Success

Why we like it: This book….well, you NEED to read it. If you’re just about to start out, and want a no nonsense, jargon free account of what it takes…look no further. Even if you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you can still use this book to remind you of certain things and keep yourself in check!

Full of great advice from someone who’s been there, done it, got (and probably sold) the tshirts! All too often common sense is lacking from business books, but thankfully this isn’t the case here!

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Entrepreneur Revolution: How to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and start a business that works.

Why we like it: Not so much a “how to” guide, this publication is more about the mindset you need. Habits you need to develop. Thought processes you should adopt. The crucial ingredients about what it takes as an individual to be a successful entrepreneur.

It guides you on how to remove yourself from your comfort zone, how to really push yourself and set goals and objectives (realistic ones) in place to milestone your progress.

Honestly, this is about as good as it gets if you’re looking to develop yourself as a business person.

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Starting a Business All-in-One For Dummies

Why we like it: WARNING: this is a BIG book! But that’s OK in this instance. The “For Dummies” series is a play on the fact that the books are written in way that’s specifically aimed for beginners with little or no knowledge. That being said, it’s a great resource to dip back in to for refreshment of, or inspiration for new ideas.

This particular book combines 8 books in 1, hence the size. The table of contents is designed to take you through the journey of implementing an idea, through to launch, and all the “background” stuff to running a business.

Yes there’s jargon but it breaks down the jargon and makes it friendly. Really does give you the insight and the crucial education that you need!

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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Why we like it: This book literally changed my life (Dan). My whole out look on what it means to be successful. For some, success means being rich. Rich in money. Rich in time. Whatever that “rich” means to you. The 4 Hour Work Week is where I suppose we all want to be at some point during our self employed adventure.

This book will give you hints, tips and resources on how to run a business ultra-successfully but leveraging certain aspects of your life or certain parts of your skill set. (Clue: outsourcing plays a major role). But Tim also shares the exact models he uses to automate his ventures, or “muses” as he calls them.

Whether you’re already in business, starting out, or an employed person looking to free up time to build additional revenue please, if you read no other book in 2017, read this one.

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The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

Why we like it: WARNING: This is an unashamedly filled with Eric’s plugs for his own consultancy. If you can handle that (we could!) then read on…

The underlying basis to this book is knowing exactly what your customer wants/needs. There’s an emphasis on efficiency, for example validating your start up idea before investing loads (time or cash) in to it.

(Shameless plug here; we released a blog post on this exact idea:

To be entirely fair to our readers, this book is aimed at those with product development responsibilities, but the core principles contained in the book in general are invaluable to all business owners.

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