Whether you’re already an entrepreneur or just having thoughts of taking the plunge, we could all do with a little bit of nudge in the right direction. Thankfully for us, there are people out there who generously share with us, the experiences they gained on their way to success.
1. Art of Start by Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is the CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed-stage and venture-capital fund. He also founded the popular content aggregation service Alltop and served at Apple Computers in the early days as an Apple Fellow.
Widely known for his columns and books, you can’t fault the tried and tested field advice that Guy offers. This ebook was distributed as part of the ChangeThis initiative and contains the essence of Guy’s book.
2. Pomodoro technique by Francesco Cirillo
Time is money. And nowhere does it stand more true than in an entrepreneur’s life. Starting your own business is the anti-thesis of a 9 to 6 job — nothing is defined, an endless laundry list of tasks are vying for your attention, prioritization is more important than blindly getting things done.
As an author, innovator and mentor, Francesco knows this well. Here’s his much acclaimed technique that will help you turn time into your ally.
3. Focus by Leo Babauta
Attention span may very well be the most precious commodity in this age of distraction. The always ringing mobile, the tablet with the flashing LED, the endless stream of information in your Google reader — all competing your attention at the same time. And we haven’t even talked about the more fun (read: cat videos) distractions yet.
Focus is a simple book with some simple points of guidance, read it and transform the way you live and work.
4. Viral copy by Brian Clark
It’s 2012. Unless you’re selling razor blades, you really can’t afford to ignore your online strategy. (Oh, my bad, even razor blade makers use viral ad campaigns now.) As Brian says, the web can be a very lonely place. You can create 10,000 pages of content and still not get anywhere at all. But don’t fret.
Enter Copyblogger — who showed us how it’s more important to build an audience first, the products can always follow. Now you can learn how.
5. Getting real by 37signals
37signals is a small team of people who create simple software that works. They really emphasize on the small part. But that’s not all they do. In their spare time, they also write books that go on to become NY times bestsellers. Clearly, they know something about running a small business that you and I don’t.
They’ve condensed just that knowledge into 91 insightful essays and generously given it away for anyone who has the desire to get ahead.
6. Productivity handbook by John Jantsch
Are you the type who’s still managing all their communication by good ol’ email? While there’s nothing wrong with that as such, you may be left behind by people who’ve spent the time sharpening their axe. In this ebook, John runs us through 7 tools which will help you manage and share files more efficiently, brainstorm ideas better, speed up your communications and design powerful presentations.
If this ebook was a business class, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
7. Social media workout by Natalie Sisson
Fortunately or unfortunately, social media is not just a buzzword any more. It’s here, it’s real and you can’t afford to miss it if you ever hope to make your venture fly. So if you’ve been wondering how to crack it, stop wondering.
Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, and websites to help you accomplish your business goals and connect with new customers.