1. Side Hustle Nation

This podcast and blog is a great resource if you are trying to generate and implement entrepreneurship ideas. As you weigh different options against your interests and abilities, also consider how well they can be transitioned to more of a passive small business. After all, long term passive income must be (mostly) passive. Once you locked on to an idea, check their blog and podcast periodically for relevant content.

2. The Lean Startup

This book can keep you from making the costly mistakes–in terms of time and money–that sink most startups. It has a good balance between theoretical and practical information. It also equips you with the information you need to test different ideas and track your progress in a meaningful way. If you are serious about growing your small business, this book is a must-read.

3. The Popup Business School

This company specializes in opening (or testing) small businesses with as little money and risk as possible. Their highly actionable information is a perfect complement to #1 and #2 above. Check out their content, especially their “step-by-step” guide to see how their approach can benefit you.

4. The 4-Hour Work Week

Tim does a great job explaining why you must design your business in a way where you can eventually be mostly hand-off. Bringing other people into the fold not only frees you up, but will most likely improve results because (gasp) many people are better than you at many tasks. He also gives some actionable tips on how you can reduce your current work obligations as you transition into entrepreneurship.

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