Question: What is a great personal finance book to read for a young entrepreneur trying to get better at managing their money while launching a startup?
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
“I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad in high school, and it started me on a personal journey to learn about personal finance and entrepreneurship. Whether or not you agree with all of the principles, it’s a great jumping-off point.” — Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40 / Finance Whiz Kids
Accounting Made Simple: Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less
“Accounting Made Simple: Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less is a solid introduction to accounting principles, including GAAP compliance, cash versus accrual methods, and financial ratios. It’s a good foundation for young entrepreneurs and a good resource for the early stages when you want to set up a clean accounting system but don’t have the resources to hire a professional.” — David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services
Solving the Money Puzzle: Personal Finance Made Simple
“I recommend Solving the Money Puzzle: Personal Finance Made Simple because it’s crucial for young entrepreneurs to properly manage their personal finances before being endowed with startup capital. If you can straighten out your own house, the pressures of being responsible for vast capital will diminish, and your positive habits will carry over.” — Nicolas Gremion, Free-eBooks.net
Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties
“Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties is a great primer on the basics of personal finance and money management. A lot of the tips and advice in the book are invaluable.” — Josh Weiss, Bluegala
The Richest Man in Babylon
“The Richest Man in Babylon is 100 pages, was written in the 1920s and has stood the test of time with simple personal finance lessons such as “Pay yourself first.” Head into a bookstore one afternoon for some nuggets of financial wisdom.” — Brett Farmiloe, Markitors
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
“I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a great book on how to automate your savings by creating a sound system. The author has personally gone to businesses like Google to speak about his systems that are simple and effective.” — Eric Siu, Single Grain
The Lean Startup
“The Lean Startup is a phenomenal piece of work that inspired me in how I operate my own business. Managing finances is an important aspect of the book, and it will definitely help readers lay some necessary cornerstones for their company.” — Daniel Wesley, Quote.com
“Predictable Revenue is a fantastic book for startups with a B2B sales process that want a more modern perspective on consistent quality lead generation and more predictable revenue.” — Ryan Stoner, Publicis
Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money
“Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money has some unique tips such as always saving a $5 bill instead of spending it. The book is a fast read, comes with a strong website portal and has beneficial information.” — Raoul Davis, Ascendant Group
Destroy Student Debt: A Combat Guide to Freedom
“An employee of mine recently recommended Destroy Student Debt: A Combat Guide to Freedom. He said the most valuable advice in the book was that we often aren’t aware of the influence of consumerism in our lives. We buy things because that’s what we do. Being thoughtful consumers — or, as the author suggests, questioning why we purchase things at all — is helpful.” — Mike Seiman, CPXi
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