The Best Books for Business Owners

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Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pignuer

In Business Model Generation, Osterwalder encourages owners to plot out their business model using something he developed called the "business model canvas." It forces entrepreneurs to communicate their business model visually, which Osterwalder says sharpens their thinking and allows them to get what's in their head onto a canvas for others to see and contribute to. Once your vision has been exported from your head onto a canvas your employees helped to create, you'll have a business that can grow without you calling all the shots—which is the essence of a sellable company. This is by far the most innovative book on how to think about putting together a business.
—Recommended by Suzi Sosa and John Warrillow