Career counselling has become one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The requirement of good career counsellors has been increasing day by day. With ever-expanding needs of these counsellors, it’s the best time to invest in your own career counselling set up. 

Being new to this challenging journey, it’s good to get advice from those who have successfully carved their path in entrepreneurship and become an inspiration for others. 

To assist you in this new phase of your life of entrepreneurship, we’ve compiled a list of 7 books written by renowned business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. These books for entrepreneurs are packed with practical advice on becoming an industry innovator. 

Let’s go through the list!

List of Top 7 Books for Entrepreneurs

Best Books for Entrepreneurs 

  1. “Rework” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier HanssonBooks for Entrepreneurs

    Interesting Fact: An interesting book that brings out a new perspective for running a business. It is Newyork Times’ best selling book and a popular one in the US & UK. A famous American author Seth W. Godin appreciated this book by saying “Ignore this book at your own peril”.


    In this incredible list of books for entrepreneurs, “Rework” is the first book. Not because it enlightens the best way to start up a business from scratch but because it vanishes all fundamental principles of setting up your own venture. This book denies an idea of creating a successful plan for your business, getting investors, studying market & competition, etc. After reading this book, you will understand all this is a myth. You don’t need a business plan. You don’t need to study the market. These are simply excuses to not get started.

    These two authors “Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson” came up together and crunched down the basics and created a whole new system to act upon your dreams and fulfil goals faster.

    If you are a go-getter and believe in ‘doing’ not just ‘dreaming’, this book is for you. 

  2. “Crush It!” By Gary VaynerchukCrush It!

    Interesting Fact: “Crush It!” was launched in the year 2009 and is Gary Vaynerchuk’s best selling book.


    If you love what you do, this book will motivate you to pull up your socks and start working towards fulfilling your dreams. If you haven’t heard about Gary, let me tell you, he was way ahead from this time. He turned his family business, a local wine shop, into a national industry leader (from a $4-million venture to a $60-million one) with the help of the internet. And he explained every tactic he used in transforming his family business in the book. 

    “Crush It” is all about using the internet for your benefits and turning your web presence into a personal brand. 

    If you need a step by step guide on how to set up your business using online platforms, “Crush It” is your book.

  3. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale CarnegieBooks for Entrepreneurs

    Interesting Fact: “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is Carnegie’s first book. This 1936 book has sold more than 30 million copies and is among the most influential books in American history. 


    This is a must-read book for every entrepreneur. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is evergreen and timeless book by Dale Carnegie which inspires to cultivate relationships with every person you meet. It teaches how you can become a people person and win over people who are simply not interested in your pitch. From potential investors to competitors, you can influence everyone after reading this book.

    If you want to establish a strong network in the market, Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” will help you at every stage.

  4. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    Interesting Fact: The book has sold more than 25 million copies since its first publication i.e. 1989. It also has an audio version that became the first non-fiction audio-book in the U.S. and sold more than 1 million copies.


    Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was published in 1989. From the year 2014, the book has sold out more than 15 million copies. The book tells the secrets of establishing a successful business. 

    In the book, Covey has covered major aspects of setting up a business and taught to be proactive. He has advised putting ‘First Things First’, think two ways and create win-win situations, etc. 

    “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is not a book you read, follow a few tips and you are ready to set up your business venture. This book is an ocean. You need to revisit the book every few years just to make sure you are on the right track.

  5. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy FerrissThe 4-Hour Work Week

    Interesting Fact: This book was turned down by 26 publishers out of 27 but soon became Timothy’s best selling. The book reveals the secret of how Timothy went from working 80 hours a week to 4 hours a week and earning $40,000 a year to $40,000 a month.


    Who doesn’t know Timothy Ferriss? His name was all over the world since he launched this book “The 4-Hour Workweek”. In this book, he busted the myth to be workaholic to achieve your dreams. He crushed down the concept of retirement and denied the plan of waiting years to travel & live your life freely. 

    In “The 4-Hour Workweek” Timothy has defined how anyone can earn more without compromising on living up life. 

    If you want to earn a five-figure income monthly, live more and work less, this book is the blueprint. It teaches building a business that can be run with only four hours of your time each week.

  6. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

    The Lean Startup

    Interesting Fact: The book was published by Crown Business in 2011. Within 336 pages, Eric has described how to be a successful entrepreneur with a lasting business under your arm.


    No matter what stage you are at – whether you are planning to start a small business or a big empire, “The Lean Startup” is your must-read. In this book, Eric has explained how to be ahead of the game; how you can beat your competition and build a company that’s more efficient. He has adopted a scientific and practical approach to navigate the odds and described how to turn your business into a lasting and sustainable one.

    If you want to build a new way to test your vision, “The Lean Startup” will help you with it.

  7. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
    Thinking Fast & Slow

    Interesting Fact: This is a best-selling book published in 2011 by Daniel Kahneman. The book was the 2012 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work.


    “Thinking, Fast and Slow” truly justifies its name. In this book, Daniel has talked about two aspects of our mind, fast thinking and slow thinking. He has thrown light on the fast & emotional system of our mind, and the slow & more logical one. Daniel has provided a step by step guide on how to make multiple decisions on a daily basis.

         If you want insights into decision making and learn how to be the top of the                tower without actually killing the dragon, Daniel’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow”                is your book.

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Final Words

As a career counsellor, you must have read books for a better understanding of your profession. But when it comes to reading the best books for entrepreneurs, you may find some books interesting and some more practical. You can choose books for establishing your business set up according to your interest and requirements. These books can help you learn about top entrepreneurs. You can learn from their mistakes and try to avoid doing those so that you end up building a successful business. 

If you are an entrepreneur by heart and want to set up your business venture, the Super Counsellor Program is your thing. It is India’s first incubator for Career Counsellors by Univariety. The program helps individuals aspiring to set up their career counselling venture with world-class resources.

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      Parul Sharma Reply

      Thank you, Aesha. Some books are really interesting. Give them a read!

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