20+ Great Books for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Screen shot 2014-02-08 at 12.39.10 AMI have a confession to make: I love reading great books.

For quite some time, I have kept a Google Document with an ongoing list of all the books I read. I realized this list could be helpful to others, so I decided to post a list of the best books I’ve read here.

As you will see below, these books are primarily non-fiction business books.

I’m going to be updating this list over time, so please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom.  I’d love to hear what books you’ve read and loved.

(Most of the links below are referral links, meaning if you click through and buy a copy, I will receive a small commission. If you do purchase using my link, thank you!)

What books do you recommend? Please add your suggestions below.


  1. Chuck Bragg says:

    I may have come to this party a bit late… but thrilled to see many of these books on my shelf. I also suggest: “Thinking for a Change” by John C. Maxwell.

  2. Great list. I will be adding many of these to my reading list for the year. This is an oldie but a goodie, influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialidini

  3. Shabazz Boukary Martinson says:

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is an excellent book that taught me a lot

  4. Tristan Donofrio says:

    Great list John. I’ve bookmarked this page so I can refer to it in the future.

    I read Cal Newport’s Deep Work earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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