Although I’ve read countless books on microbusiness and entrepreneurship, there are a few that are not only useful but interesting. Here are a few of my favorites. (I’ll keep adding to this as I find or remember great resources.) If you are looking for practical resources such as software and hosting, look at the Entrepreneur Resources page.
If you want to create a microbusiness that allows you to do what really matters, Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity is an excellent guide. He offers a glimpse of many shoestring startup businesses, including a bicycle-based mattress delivery service. He hosts the World Domination Summit, an entrepreneurial conference, each year in Portland, Oregon, and it’s well worth attending, though tickets tend to sell out within hours.
I’ll admit I’m a sucker for goofy, 1950’s-style book covers, but it’s the content that makes this book special. Bob Bly has been around forever, practicing what he preaches, and he is worth studying. If you want to know How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit: Your Guide to Writing and Publishing Books, E-Books, Articles, Special Reports, Audio Programs, DVDs, and Other How-To Content, this is the book you need!
You don’t want to get noticed just for the sake of being seen, but if you have something useful or amazing to share, you will need to step out of the shadows. Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and an accomplished author and speaker, shows you how to do it in a way that is authentic and truly useful.
The Microbusiness for Teens curriculum is one of those more-useful-than-you-might-think options. Written by Carol Topp, a CPA with lots of experience helping homeschool groups, families, and teens with businesses and nonprofits, it’s clear and concise, offering the basics of what you need to know in order to get started, without a lot of fluff or jargon.