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Start Your Own Business book


Start Your Own Business, by Rieva Lesonsky (Entrepreneurial Press). Who knows more about starting a business than the editors of Entrepreneur magazine — the magazine for entrepreneurs. Calling this book, “the only start-up book you’ll ever need,” Start Your Own Business is a best-selling book and widely regarded as the quintessential business start-up book. Now in its fourth edition with more than 200,000 copies sold, it has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans start their own businesses.


Business Plans That Win $$$: Lessons from the MIT Enterprise Forum , by Stanley R. Rich and David E. Gumpert (Harper Paperbacks).

Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams, by Pamela Skillings (Ballantine Books).

What No One Ever Tells You About Starting Your Own Business, by Jan Norman (Kaplan Publishing).


Anatomy of a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Business and Securing Your Company’s Future, by Linda Pinson (Kaplan).

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, by Guy Kawasaki (Portfolio).

Business Start-Up Kit, by Steven D. Strauss (Kaplan).

The Complete Book of Business Plans: Secrets to Writing Powerful Business Plans, by Joseph A. Covello and Brian J. Hazelgren (Sourcebooks).

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans, by Gwen Moran (Author), Sue Johnson (Alpha).

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Finance for Small Business, by Ken Little (Alpha).

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting your own Busines, by Edward Paulson (Alpha).

The Entrepreneur Next Door, by Bill Wagner (Entrepreneur Press).

Entrepreneur’s Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture, by Steven K. Gold (Learning Ventures Press).

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business, by Richard Luecke (Harvard Business School Press).

Engineering Your Start-Up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur, by James A. Swanson and Michael L. Baird (Professional Publications).

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days, by Jessica Livingston (Apress).

The Guerrilla Entrepreneur: Achieving Success and Balance Now and in the Future, by Jay Conrad Levinson (Morgan James Publishing).

How to Write a Business Plan, by Mike P. McKeever (NOLO).

If at First You Don’t Succeed…: The Eight Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs, by Brent Bowers (Currency).

Legal Guide For Starting & Running A Small Business, by Fred S. Steingold (NOLO).

The McGraw-Hill Guide to Writing a High-Impact Business Plan: A Proven Blueprint for First-Time Entrepreneurs, by James B. Arkebauer (McGraw-Hill).

New Business Ventures And The Entrepreneur, by Michael J Roberts, Howard H Stevenson, William A. Sahlman, Paul W. Marshall, and Richard G. Hamermesh (McGraw-Hill/Irwin).

Plan for Profitability!: How to Write a Strategic Business Plan, by Lee E., Jr. Hargrave (Four Seasons Publishers).

The Small Business Bible: Everything You Need To Know To Succeed In Your Small Business, by Steven D. Strauss (Wiley).

The Small Business Start-Up Kit , by Peri Pakroo and Barbara Kate Repa (NOLO).

The Startup Company Bible For Entrepreneurs: The Complete Guide For Building Successful Companies And Raising Venture Capital, by Michael Stathis (AVA Publishing).

Weekend Entrepreneur: 101 Great Ways to Earn Extra Cash, by Michelle Anton and Jennifer Basye Sander (Entrepreneur Press).

Writing a Convincing Business Plan, by Arthur R. DeThomas Ph.D., and Lin Grensing-Pophal (Barron’s).

You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way– And Live the Life You Want– With the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship, by Cameron Johnson (Free Press).

Your First Business Plan: A Simple Question And Answer Format Designed To Help You Write Your Own Plan, by Joseph A. Covello and Brian Hazelgren (Sourcebooks).

Zero to One Million: How to Build a Company to One Million Dollars in Sales, by Ryan P. M. Allis (Virante, Inc.).

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