Starting from Scratch: Top Startup Books for New Entrepreneurs in 2021


Are you ready to launch a new business? Purchasing startup books is a great way to learn some tips and tricks from entrepreneurs that have been where you are before. Here are the top four books on startups to check out in 2021.

The Lean Startup

One of the older books on startups on the list, but still relevant, the Lean Startup, published in 2011, is still very relevant nearly a decade later. Author Eric Ries is a Yale graduate and Silicon Valley software engineer and founder and CEO of the Long-Term Stock Exchange.

The Lean Startup book is a New York Times bestseller offers a step-by-step lean approach to building your own brand. It provides dozens of real-life anecdotes from top companies, including Zappos, Facebook, Dropbox, and Intuit. Similar to other books on startups, Ries includes information about continuously developing businesses to stay relevant and profitable.

The $100 Startup

You don’t need to have thousands of dollars in the bank to build your own brand. The $100 Startup is a great reminder that you can be successful without a bloated budget.

Author Chris Guillebeau is a successful author and blogger that’s traveled the world before age 35. The $100 Startup teaches future business owners to use their current skills to build and market, market, market to get the word out to their consumer base. He also explains the art of micro startups that require little funding and have the potential for large profits.

DIY Startup

If you want to learn about navigating the ins and outs of any industry, start with DIY Startup by Thomas Lopez. The serial entrepreneur has over 30 years of success, building new businesses, and holds more than 20 patents.

In his 2021 book on startups, he details the steps he’s taken through the past three decades to triumph over the competition with minimal outside investments and retaining control of his businesses. DIY Startup provides the full scope you need to get started, from identifying and targeting emerging markets to establish your brand to a complete development roadmap. He also touches on how to discover new opportunities and grow your brand.

Zero to One

For an easy but profitable model that can help you launch, build, and grow your business from day one, add Zero to One to your 2021 reading list. Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal that’s been navigating the startup world since arriving in Silicon Valley in 1985. Despite his obvious success, Zero to One helps future business owners understand the art of failing before you win.

He reminds you that every great plan can fail, and many times, luck can outweigh skill. However, Thiel notes that the most successful entrepreneurs learn from their failures.

Why are you waiting? Choose one or all of these excellent books on startups and secure your success in 2021. Starting a new business isn’t easy, but with the right tools, you can find accomplish your entrepreneurial goals.


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