Tag Archives: Books

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau’s, “The $100 Startup” might be one of the top ten books read and purchased by today’s entrepreneurs. It is by far and away one of the most influential books of our time. At the time of writing this Chris has almost 1500 ratings and nearly 1000 reviews of the book on Amazon.com alone! “The $100 Startup” is essentially a collection of valuable lessons Chris has amassed from over 1500 individuals who have built …

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – by Timothy Ferriss

Do you want a step-by-step guide to completely changing your lifestyle and living free of the clock? Do you want to work to live instead of live to work? Do you want to make these changes now instead of waiting for the right moment? Than this book is definitely for you! By far and away The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is one of the most influential and powerful book you might ever pick up. Tim …

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Contagious: Why Things Catch On – by Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger brings us a wonderful book about the psychology of why some things catch on while others do not. It is a big misnomer that advertising plays the largest role in consumer behavior but that is no longer the case. We are so heavily immersed in advertising that it often times is completed ignored. What’s left is listening to our peers. Have you ever noticed why two like-minded products are created and one takes …

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Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk has been blazing a path in Social Media Marketing like few others could even dream. He’s been one of the leaders in online marketing for the better part of the last decade. During that time he has published 3 books focusing on different aspects of Social Media. While some concepts get dated rather quickly because of the nature of online marketing evolving so quickly, Gary manages to focus on many aspects of social …

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The Designer’s Guide To Marketing And Pricing – by Benun & Top

Ilise Benun and Peleg Top do a wonderful job of laying the groundwork for anyone looking to take their growing design business to the next level. I picked this book up really because I saw the words “designer” “marketing” and “pricing” in the title but honestly anyone could apply the majority of this book to their own business. I’ve come back to it time and time again for at least the last five years and partly …

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The Entrepreneur Mind – Kevin D. Johnson

By far and away The Entrepreneur Mind is one of the best and most influential books in business ownership I’ve read in the past few years. I find many of my peers have not read or heard of this book and this astounds me but it is a new “kid” on the block. Perhaps the author is lessor known in the same circle as others but nonetheless I find this to be one of my Top …

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How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Web Site Design Business – Evans & Brown

Getting my start in self-employment as a designer and marketing professional many of the books and products I’ve grown attached to are going to be of great value to anyone in a creative field such as other designs, web developers, video and photography production, writing, and more. However, I’ve also noticed that many of the books written within these target markets have such great content that should be shared to anyone looking to start or …

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Influence: Science and Practice – by Robert B. Cialdini

Enter, one of the most powerful books you will ever read about the psychology behind what causes a person to say “yes” to another’s request, i.e. compliance. Robert Cialdini has put together a masterpiece based on actual academic research as well as real world examples that he has compiled working in sales and advertising. The book is broken down into various compliance techniques all of which influence our behavior to comply or ignore another’s request. These …

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Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk has done it again! Another amazing modern masterpiece of social media prowess is laid before us! Gary’s first two books Crush It! and The Thank You Economy both laid the groundwork for his latest book published in 2013. This by far and away is THE book on social meda 2.0. I would not recommend it as a starting point if you are beginning your journey into social media. But for those who have been working hard …

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The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

The majority of visitors to this site are thinking about starting or have recently started a business and are perhaps looking to take it to the next level. The Lean Startup is absolutely one of the very first books you should read (or should have read before starting your business). As I’ve recounted before in other articles and podcasts I’ve produced, 8 out of 10 businesses fail in 18 months or less and the greater majority …

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Let Go – Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn is the definition of a self-made success. There is no one else in the world he should attribute his success to other than himself and it all comes down to action. Pat, after being let go from his job at an architectural firm took that experience and turned it into a money making online business which blossomed into a blogging and pod casting career no one would have predicted would have been possible. Let Go …

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The Little Black Book of Design – by Adam Judge

I love this book. Any designer or creative individual who deals with customers regularly would appreciate the pure simplicity of it. I think the formal description of the book says it best when they state, “contains guidance, inspiration, and reassurance for all those who labor with the user in mind.” This is not a how to book by any means. It is a minimalist approach to writing and inspiring others and for some reason I love …

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Rework – by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Rework is one of my favorite books for any entrepreneur who likes to think outside the box. And really if you are an entrepreneur and you are unwilling to push the envelope or reinvent the way you do business, how do you ever expect to survive in today’s economy?? This is the book that makes the majority of business advice books seem dated, old-fashioned, and simply archaic in the way we go about running  a …

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Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth – by T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker is a master in mental control or shall we say “reprogramming” the way we think about money, wealth, and success. Believe it or not, but the greater majority of us have been told lies or been misled for most of our lives about how we should feel about wealth. Each of us has what is called a financial “blueprint” that we’ve followed and this book aims to help us break free of these …

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Virtual Freedom – Chris Ducker

Chris Ducker is legend in terms of teaching and inspiring others how to automate and outsource components of their business or the entire business itself to finally gain the freedom and flexibility to focus on what truly matters to us. This book and others like it really strike a chord for me. They often bring to light the greatest problem entrepreneurs have and have a hard time recognizing early on and that is, the misconception …

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