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The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More

Change your job to change your life. You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay the mortgage, send your kids to school and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and start up on your own – and you don’t need an MBA or a huge investment to do it.

The $100 Startup is your manual to a new way of living

How To Build A Business That Creates Wealth

There are literally thousands of personal business development books that will tell you what need to know about how to build a successful business, but very few have ever been written by a someone who has made a lifelong career of starting building and selling small businesses. This book is a true ‘Entrepreneurs manual’, written by a down to earth everyday guy who has been there, done it, got burned and made it back to the top. John Kettley takes you on an entrepreneurial journey of discovery as he shares with you the 7 essential pieces that make up the jigsaw for a business that works.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Voted #1 business book by Inc. 500 CEOs. An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

WHAT VALUABLE COMPANY IS NOBODY BUILDING?

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 ton, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

In Hooked, Nir Eyal reveals how successful companies create products people can’t put down – and how you can too. Why do some products capture our attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain things out of sheer habit? Is there an underlying pattern to how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) with the Hook Model – a four-step process that, when embedded into products, subtly encourages customer behaviour. Through consecutive “hook cycles,” these products bring people back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging.

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth. In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company-the Exponential Organization-that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers.

The Second Machine Age – Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies with hardware, software, and networks at their core will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

Run your company. Don t let it run you. Most business owners started their company because they wanted more freedom to work on their own schedules, make the kind of money they deserve, and eventually retire on the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, according to John Warrillow, most owners find that stepping out of the picture is extremely difficult because their business relies too heavily on their personal involvement. Without them, their company no matter how big or profitable is essentially worthless. But the good news is that entrepreneurs can take specific steps no matter what stage a business is in to create a valuable, sellable company.

Scaling Up: How A Few Companies Make It… And Why The Rest Don’t.

In Scaling Up, Harnish and his co-authors share practical tools and techniques to help entrepreneurs grow an industry — dominating business without it killing them — and actually have fun. Many growth company leaders reach a point where they actually dread adding another customer, employee or location. It feels like they are just adding more weight to an ever-heavier anchor they are dragging through the sand. To make matters worse, the increased revenues have not turned into more profitability, so at some point they wonder if the journey is worth the effort. This book focuses on the four major decisions every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution and Cash.

The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume

This revised and expanded edition of the bestselling book, The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman, gives you everything you need to transform your business, your career or your working life forever. An MBA at a top school is an enormous investment in time, effort and cold, hard cash. And if you don’t want to work for a consulting firm or an investment bank, the chances are it simply isn’t worth it. Josh Kaufman is the rogue professor of modern business education. Feted by everyone from the business media to Seth Godin and David Allen, he’s torn up the rulebook and given thousands of people worldwide the tools to teach themselves everything they need to know.

Beyond the Bricks: The inside story of how 9 everyday investors found financial freedom through property

What does it take to be successful in property investment? How can you start with nothing but a very ordinary level of savings, and amass a portfolio that means you’ll never need to work for anyone else again? Beyond the Bricks is a window into the lives of 9 UK-based investors who’ve done exactly that. Through long-form interviews with them we learn exactly how they did it, what their lives are like now, and what they recommend to anyone just starting out.

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition

This global bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Now updated with fresh content from the authors, “Blue Ocean Strategy” argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating blue oceans untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. “Blue Ocean Strategy” presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans.

Go Do!: For People Who Have Always Wanted to Start a Business

A refreshingly simple, easy–to–read guide to getting started in business. If you′ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, this book will give you the information, inspiration, and reassurance you need to get started. It encourages budding entrepreneurs to take the leap into the dark, while shining a bright light on the first six months of a successful start–up. It breaks down what appears to be an Everest–size challenge into a series of small hills for you to conquer. Written by successful entrepreneur Jeremy Harbour, Go Do! argues that the skills and tactics of successful entrepreneurship can′t be learnt except by doing. So this book offers the guidance and the confidence you need to just go do it.

The Beermat Entrepreneur: Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Business

Every business starts with a bright idea, and many a bright idea has been hatched in a pub – scribbled on a nearby discarded beermat. But how do you turn the moment of inspiration into a well oiled plan? who do you need to talk to? How do you find the cash to back the idea? How many people do you need to work with to get the idea off the ground? And how on earth do you find them? This book tells you exactly how to convert your jotted notes into a big and successful business. It takes you step-by-step, with no jargon, no complex theory and no visits to arrogant pinstriped venture capitalists who aren’t really interested in just ‘an idea’.

Start Your Business Week by Week

In 26 weekly steps, this unique and cleverly structured book will walk any budding entrepreneur through everything you need to know and do, in the exact order you need to do it, to get your new business up and running. Each step contains a to-do list, an explanation of what needs to be done, useful hints and shortcuts and the contact information you need.

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow (Wired, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and cofounder of Contently) analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time. How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm?

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money

Stop rushing into businesses born from half-baked ideas, misguided theories, and other forms of self-delusion. A lack of proper validation kills more businesses than anything else. As Joel Barker says, “Speed is only useful if you’re running in the right direction.” Will It Fly? will help you make sure you are clear for takeoff. It answers questions like:
-Does your business idea have merit?
-Will it succeed in the market you’re trying to serve, or will it just be a waste of time and resources?
-Is it a good idea for you?
-In other words, will it fly?

The City of Influence: A Business Tale

Business is about relationships. What’s the secret to success? Like many talented business owners, Jack Green thought it was long hours, do-it-yourself dedication, and cut-throat competition. But he learns how wrong he was when time begins running out for his struggling business. In the middle of a sleepless night, Jack is given a chance to change things when a mysterious visitor appears from the past, promising to deliver nine keys that will salvage Jack’s future–the keys to the city of influence. Jack then is thrust into an adventure with an extraordinary group of mentors who teach him the secrets to building strong professional relationships. The City of Influence is a humorous, insightful parable that will leave you ready to roll up your sleeves and change the way you build relationships from the inside out.

Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism is for anyone hoping to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future. From Southwest Airlines, UPS, and Tata to Costco, Panera, Google, the Container Store, and Amazon, today’s organizations are creating value for all stakeholders–including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment. Read this book and you’ll better understand how four specific tenets–higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management–can help build strong businesses, move capitalism closer to its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.

Virtual Freedom

Entrepreneurs often suffer from “superhero syndrome”–the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. Not only are they the boss, but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. It’s no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a business–it’s just too much for one person to handle. But outsourcing expert and “Virtual CEO,” Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.

Management in 10 Words

In his fourteen years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK but also transformed it into a global enterprise. As a result, Sir Terry is now one of the world’s most admired business leaders, widely acclaimed for his drive, flair and no-nonsense approach.
In Management in 10 Words he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underlie great organisations.

Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track–And Keeping It There

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
No matter what kind of organization you work for, whether it’s your own small business or a global Fortune 100 company, your number-one goal is success. Predictable Success takes you step-by-step through a startlingly simple, intuitive, and universal process that shows you how to bring sustained, lasting, predictable success to your organization.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

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

The world is embarking on a new age. The age of the entrepreneur, the agile small business owner, the flexible innovator. The days of the industrial age are over. It’s time to break free from the industrial revolution mind–set, quit working so hard, follow your dream and make a fortune along the way. The slow dinosaurs of the industrial age are being outpaced by fast–moving start–ups, ambitious small businesses and technological innovators.

Instant Cashflow: Hundreds of Proven Strategies to Win Customers, Boost Margins and Take More Money Home 

A self-made multimillionaire and business development expert, Brad Sugars helps you identify your company’s hidden “gold mines,” dramatically boost your bottom line, and get on the fast track to big profits. And best of all, these crystal-clear, bite-sized lessons can be put to work in your business immediately! Discover how to:

  • Generate hundreds of promising new leads
  • Increase your conversion rate of leads to sales
  • Maximize the value of your average sale
  • Measure your results and fine-tune your best strategies

Rich Dad’s Before You Quit Your Job

When Before You Quit Your Job was written and published, it was a guidebook for aspiring entrepreneurs. Today–with the job market in shambles, overseas outsourcing and high unemployment–it can be a path to the salvation so many are looking for: A way take control of their life and use their skills and talents to create their future. Before You Quit Your Job asks: Do you have a million-dollar idea? Are you afraid of failing? Are you tired of making other people rich? Are you sick of taking order from your boss? Are you tired of working hard and not getting ahead? Are you ready to take a leap of faith and change your life? Learn about the B-I Triangle and the 8 Integrities of a Business–before you quit your job!

Rich Dad’s Advisors: ABCs of Building a Business Team That Wins

Great champions in sports, business and even families have one thing in common. It’s a legitimate secret weapon. It is something that lies deep in the genetic code of winning organizations. It appears when pressure is high, when the stakes are critical and when everything is on the line. They know how to work as a team. Blair Singer’s The ABC’s of Building a Business Team That Wins offers a set of simple, powerful rules that govern the internal behaviours of any business, organization, family or individual. They are rules like ‘Never abandon a teammate in need’, ‘Be personally responsible for all mistakes’ and ‘Be on time’.

Essential Drucker (Classic Drucker Collection)

Peter Drucker’s wide-ranging book, drawn from his best work, looks at management, the individual and society. He connects these themes of today’s world with his usual clear-sighted and far-reaching style to create a work which encapsulates his essential and strongest writings in one volume.
Under the three headings, Drucker covers aspects such as what the non-profits are teaching business and the information that executives need today. In his section on the individual he gives advice on knowing your own strengths and values, your time and, intriguingly, the second half of your life. The third part on society encompasses the coming of the entrepreneurial society and citizenship through the social sector.

The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business

Discover how to turn a great idea into a thriving business with The E-Myth Enterprise, using the proven methods that bestselling author Michael  E. Gerber has developed over the course of his more than forty years as an entrepreneur and coach. Michael  E.Gerber is THE #1 name in small business.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the ‘tipping point’, that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change.

Millionaire Within: Untold Stories from the Internet Underworld

Millionaire Within pulls back the curtain, giving you a front-row view of online entrepreneur E. Brian Rose’s journey to becoming a self-made millionaire. Rose details the simple steps he took to make a fortune on the Internet. These tales of failure and success will motivate you to jump in and start your own journey.
“Millionaire Within is a book every entrepreneur needs to read. E. Brian Rose does a fantastic job taking you through the ‘real’ world of business building. And of course all roads lead to the Internet. You either understand online marketing or you are walking dead, but just don’t know it yet.”

Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance

There is so much buzz around big data. We all need to know what it is and how it works – that much is obvious. But is a basic understanding of the theory enough to hold your own in strategy meetings? Probably. But what will set you apart from the rest is actually knowing how to USE big data to get solid, real-world business results – and putting that in place to improve performance. Big Data will give you a clear understanding, blueprint, and step-by-step approach to building your own big data strategy. This is a well-needed practical introduction to actually putting the topic into practice. Illustrated with numerous real-world examples from a cross section of companies and organisations, Big Data will take you through the five steps of the SMART model: Start with Strategy, Measure Metrics and Data, Apply Analytics, Report Results, Transform.