You’ve decided to start your own business because corporate life just isn’t for you. Or you’re a stay-at-home parent and want to turn your hobby into a thriving business.

Did you know that at any given point there are about half a billion active entrepreneurs in the world?  Did you know that only 5% of all startups ever achieve rapid growth? [CHECK OUT THIS INFOGRAPHIC]  How do you become part of that 5%?  Here are four books we’ve selected to help you on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur and grow your startup.

Feed the Startup Beast: A 7-Step Guide to Big, Hairy, Outrageous Sales Growth
by Drew Williams and Jonathan Verney
The smallest marketing efforts can produce outsized sales results–if you focus on the right things. The seven strategies in the book will teach you how to apply limited resources more effectively by substituting finesse (the right tactics) for brute force (big budgets).  Unleash the beast that is your business!
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Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals
by Chris Chopyak
Go beyond drawing on the back of a napkin and master the principles of “strategic illustration,” a proven system for visualizing ideas. Pictures and strategy come to life in the board, conference, or meeting room quickly, easily, and brilliantly.

Wholesale 101: A Guide to Product Sourcing for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
by Jason Prescott
Whether you’re looking to drop ship from wholesalers and manufacturers or import product direct to sell in your store, this unparalleled guide provides the tools and insight you need to launch a successful business by combining various platforms—B2B sites, trade shows, trading companies, and others–into a powerful product sourcing strategy.

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game
by Andrew Romans
40 leading venture capitalists come together to teach entrepreneurs how to succeed with their startup. Packed with invaluable advice about how to raise angel and venture capital funding, how to build value in a startup, and how to exit a company with maximum value for both founders and investors, this book will guide you through every step in an entrepreneurial venture from the legalities of raising initial capital to knowing when to change tactics.