Small Business Resources - Recommended Reading
Nolo Press offers the Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business. It covers numerous topics including taxes, liability, and contracts. It will help you decide, for example, between forming a sole proprietorship or a Limited Liability Company (LLC).
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers is a handbook for entrepreneurs who prefer a visual right-brain approach to creating a business plan. Developed by 470 "Business Model Canvas" practitioners from 45 countries, the book uses a colorful layout to show you step-by-step how to create a business plan "dashboard" with all the well-researched summary information you need at a glance.
Business Plan in a Day is a very thorough yet user-friendly guide to create a formal business plan by Rhonda Abrams, a top-selling small business author and columnist. Her business plan template is a great one to use if you'll be seeking funding, or simply want to learn how to prepare detailed financial statements for your business.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It is a bestseller which clearly explains common pitfalls facing all entrepreneurs, and key ingredients for a successful business development process.
(See also Nonprofit Business Recommended Reading.)