6 Must-Read Books for the Budding Teen Entrepreneur

Posted April 9, 2014 by

Whether you already have a business idea in mind and want to learn how to get it off the ground, or are just curious about what it takes to start a business as a teen, the following six business books are highly recommended for the budding teen entrepreneur.

1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber

b1 Known for its straightforward writing style and well organized business instruction, The E-Myth Revisited (E-Myth stands for “Entrepreneurial Myth”) aims to enlighten small business owners by showing you how to work on your business instead of in your business. Building the right business skills as habits when you’re young will save you years of heartache and business frustration later in life.

2. You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way– and Live the Life You Want– with the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship, by Cameron Johnson


Learn what it takes to be a successful teen entrepreneur (and still love what you do) straight from the highly successful teen entrepreneur Cameron Johnson. Starting his first business at age nine and becoming a millionaire before he even graduated high school, Cameron Johnson has a few tips and tricks for other kids and teens looking to start their own business in his book  You Call the Shots.

3. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey

b3Sean Covey bridges this book off his father’s bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and reworks each ‘habit’ toward teens. Packed with engaging stories of other teens from around the world, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens teaches teens to be positive and effective in all aspects of your young life.

4. How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

b4First published in 1937, How to Win Friends & Influence People is still relevant today as it speaks to sophisticated people skills. Learning how to communicate effectively to a wide range of personalities at an early stage in your business will help you not only with business partners and team members, but potential investors and in personal friendships, too.

5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip and Dan Heath


You want to know your business idea is good, right? Practical and to the point, Made to Stick is crucial to read when just starting a new business as it teaches you to craft a compelling story that adheres to the authors’ “stickiness” formula for success.

6. The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup, by Noam Wasserman


Start out strong with your startup after you learn the do’s and don’ts of entrepreneurial decisions that can make or break your startup when you read The Founder’s Dilemmas. Be sure to read #4 on this summer reading list and you’ll have at least a leg up on the people skills needed to avoid some of the dramas of being a business founder that The Founder’s Dilemmas documents and offers solutions for.


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