By ANNA FREEMAN GREER

Do you dream of owning your own business? To get you started, here are 3 books to inspire you to launch a new business in 2018:

Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves 

“Starting something new feels risky and uncomfortable, but remember, the people who win in business and in life do it in spite of this.” – Christy Wright

There are so many women who have followed their passions and talents to take the scary first steps of starting a new business. If you’ve been dreaming of taking your side hustle to full time hustle for quite some time now, this book is a great place to start.

The Business Boutique book serves as a guidebook, with a big picture overview, of all the steps needed to take you from dream idea to dream business. It will help you to create a step-by-step plan to start and grow your business, show you how to manage your time so you can have a business and life you can be proud of, and explains, in easy to understand terms, product/service pricing, taxes, budgeting, and marketing.

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

“What do you really want to get out of life and what can you offer the world that no one else can?” – Chris Guillebeau

In preparing to write this book, the author identified 1,500 individuals who successfully built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment of $100. Through the many examples, Chris Guillebeau shows how various individuals discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, allowing them to, in turn, restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.

With helpful templates and guides, Chris provides inspiration and step-by-step guidance to taking an idea from a hobby to one that can support a lifestyle.

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team

 “Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?” – Simon Sinek 

In Find Your Why, Simon Sinek provides detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process to finding your why.

Starting a business is the easy part. Staying focused on your business and making it grow is the more difficult job. Discovering the reason why you want to start a business is crucial to your success. Maybe you just want to make money or maybe you dream of more time and flexibility. Whatever the reason, it’s personal and something only you can uncover. Before you start a business, determine your why. And when you’re having a rough patch with your business, return to it to keep moving forward.

Anna Freeman Greer describes herself as “entrepreneur first, attorney second.” After starting and building her own law practice in 2009, she quickly realized her passion for helping other entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow their respective businesses. Visit her at www.annafreemangreer.com.