Starting a company is not for the risk averse or financially challenged. It can be an incredible drain on personal, financial and emotional resources -- not just yours, but anyone you take along with you for the ride. Ask whether you (and they) have the stamina for the years of sleepless nights, occasionally contentious board meetings, demanding clients, and fickle employees.
What’s your motivation to start a business? Want to make the world a better place, or are you suffering from an ego-driven need to compete with a college rival? Is launching a company really the only way to impress your self-made father-in-law? Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, and why. You’ll need this insight later on as your driving motivation when the going gets tough. And just like having your first child, make peace with the fact your life is no longer your own -- this is your baby now.
Those who truly understand the false starts, sprints, and marathons of entrepreneurship have said it best. While experience is the greatest teacher, this is one of those times you may want to sit up and listen to sage advice before investing too much in the grand pursuit of self-employment. With that in mind, here are seven of the most valuable books on entrepreneurship.