Here is a compilation of the top 15 recommended books that new entrepreneurs must read in 2016.

Do you want to start a business this New Year but you’re not sure where to start? 

Then, I suggest you grab a book and start reading.

There is nothing worse than having an idea not knowing what to do with it. Rather than sitting back and wait for inspiration, you should do what most successful entrepreneurs do in their spare time.

Read a book.

It is a known fact that reading is one of the most common habit successful people share, so if you want to become successful, you too must start reading.

Over the years, hundreds of entrepreneurs and startup founders have shared their top favourite business books with us and why they loved them. It’s no secret that it takes time to build great businesses, so if you haven’t started yet; it is time for you to start the process.

Here are the top 15 most recommended books for new entrepreneurs.

1. 4 Hour Work Week – By TIM FERRIS

“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”

This book provides new concept of retirement and productive life plan. If you’ve dreamed of escaping the corporate world, (the so call rat race) to living a more fulfill life traveling the world while working less and still be able to create monthly five figures income having zero management, then this book is all you need to get you started.

The 4 hour work week

2. Rich Dad Poor Dad  – By ROBERT KIYOSAKI

“There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal.”

To become successful one must have good knowledge of money and financial education. Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” focuses on helping people understand the real difference between being poor and being wealthy. We strongly recommend this book for all new business beginners.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

3. The $100 Startup – By CHRIS GUILLEBEAU

“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”

The subtitle of this masterpiece says it all:“Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, And Create a New Future”  This book is about building successful small businesses on your own terms. It shares the stories of people finding new ways to make a living rather than sticking with the traditional 9 to 5. It’s a motivator to people who wants to turn their hobbies into successful businesses.

The $100 startup

4. The Hard Thing About Hard Things – By BEN HOROWITZ

“The most important lesson in entrepreneurship: Embrace the struggle.”

Reader will find in this book practical wisdom in managing some of the toughest problems in business school with other essential information in building and running a business. The author analyses the problems that bothers every leaders.

The Hard Things about Hard Things

5. Outliers: The Story of Success – By Malcolm Gladwell

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Author Malcolm Gladwell shares the formula to success by study some of the most famous and successful entrepreneurs around today. “Outliers” takes us back in time into the lives of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and many others.


6. Think and Grow Rich – By Napoleon Hill

“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

Napoleon Hill shares a number of amazing formulas of success thru secrets that will make rich. There are provided basic as well as simple techniques found in this book for a successful business.

Think and Grow Rich

7. How to Win Friends and Influence People – By DALE CARNEGIE

“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

This is a self-help book that will improve your manner of relating with people that might lead to your success. This book will also help you understand and consider the people around you to create a network of supporters for your business.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

8. The Lean Startup – By ERIC RIES

“The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.”

This provides some measures that will help entrepreneur attain progress as they launch their business. It is filled with ideas and real life examples from the Eric Ries the author.

The Lean Startup

9. Founders at Work -By JESSICA LIVINGSTON

“The less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate.”

This is a collection of different interviews with founders of popular technology companies that provides funny yet surprising discoveries in terms of building a company.

Founders at work Business books

10. Start With Why – By SIMON SINEK

“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.

Why do you do what you do? If you’re anything like me, you probably had to think before you could answer that question. Simon Sinek

Start with Why Business Books

11. Good to Great – By JIM COLLINS

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

Very few businesses are built to last. “Good to Great” discuss the long term performance of big companies and what they have done right over years to sustain a long lasting success running their business. It provides tips and ideas to what smaller companies can do to last long.

Good to Great Startup Books

12. The E-Myth Revisited – By MICHAEL E. GERBER

“If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business—you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!”

Michael Gerber debunks all the Myths about starting a small business. In this book you’ll learn all the assumptions and expectations that are interrupting your productivity towards success.

E Myths Revisited books for business

13. I Will Teach You To Be Rich – By RAMIT SETHI

“Very few people actually want to understand something they want results.”

This is a 6 week program created by Ramit Sethi. It is based on the four categories of personal finance— banking, saving, budgeting, and investing. This one here is a must for anyone who wants financial freedom. It is also a highly recommended book for new entrepreneurs.

I will Teach You How To be rich. Business Books

14. The Millionaire Fastlane – By MJ Demarco

“Many people want to change their life, but they are not will to change their choices, and ultimately this changes nothing.”

The Millionaire Fastlane wants you to build wealth fast. This is about building and executing your financial plan without getting distracted by new and shiny objects like luxury cars, boats and houses.

Millionaire Fastlane Business Books

15. The Innovator’s Dilemma – By CLAYTON M CHRISTENSEN

“Watching how customers actually use a product provides much more reliable information than can be gleaned from a verbal interview or a focus group.”

What happens when big companies fail to innovate? Clayton discusses how even big companies can sometimes miss the innovation wave.

Innovator's Dillema Business Books


“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”

Rework wants to teach us a faster better way to run a successful business. A lot of the ideas shared are non-traditional. It’s a complete new way of looking at competitors, and even investors.

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