1986 books total
Nick Loper is the Chief Side-Hustler at Side Hustle Nation, a community and resource for part-time aspiring entrepreneurs. Nick has been making a living online for a long time, and now he’s helping others who want to build something they care about outside of their 9-5 jobs.
A lifelong student in the game of business, Nick also played the corporate game, climbing up the ladder, until he realized he wanted out in order to build his own ladder. Since then, he’s built websites, written books, worked from all corners of the globe and coached aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs.
In his podcast and books, Nick covers all aspects of starting a business and making money, from self-publishing to coaching, software development, Amazon FBA, affiliate marketing, and more. The common theme is helping readers build a side hustle that will add a little more financial freedom and security to their lives.
We reached out to Nick, eager to find out what books helped him along his entrepreneurial journey and what he learned from them. Here’s what we found out:
Business – the one I refer people to the most is probably The Go-Giver, which is about being genuinely helpful first without any expectation of reward. I started my first real business for the noble goal of making money, and by luck, it worked out. Afterward I started several others that flopped. Why? They just weren’t that helpful. When I read this, it really solidified a shift in thinking to an attitude of creating truly helpful resources and worrying about the money second. And that strategy has been working much better!
In The E-Myth Revisited, I remember this distinct realization that I’d built myself another job, not a business. That book got me really excited about creating systems and processes in place and delegating as much work as I could. Letting go wasn’t an overnight thing, and it’s something I still struggle with, but the message of working ON the business instead of IN it was something I was able to run with right away.
One of the most important ones that comes to mind is somewhat cliche: Rich Dad Poor Dad. My roommate recommended it to me in college and it was one of the first “business books” I read. It hammered home the idea of buying or building assets instead of liabilities or “stuff”, investing for cash flow, and freeing yourself from the rat race when your business or investment income exceeded your expenses. Pretty simple, but powerful for my impressionable 19-year old mind!
I’m reading much more now that I have a Kindle. Not having to physically turn pages is a big bonus since most of my reading is done at night in bed or in the early morning holding my son. I don’t read every night but probably 3 or 4 nights a week try and get at least a chapter in.
I use the highlight or bookmark tools in Kindle so I can go back and revisit the sections I thought were most important. When I’m done I’ll go back and see what actions I need to take based on those.
Usually recommendations from friends, peers, or family. Or what the library has available for digital checkout.
I just finished Building a StoryBrand, and need to fill in the worksheets and re-think my homepage as a result. That’s the mark of a good business book — homework!
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