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Ten Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

Ten Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

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Just as Small Business Information shares, “There are thousands of great business books out there that can help you start a business, set and achieve goals, promote your business, manage your finances and so much more. In fact, there are so many business books on the shelves that it can be overwhelming to determine which are worth reading.” With that said, we have constructed a list on ten books that we feel can benefit any small business owner.

 

1- The E-Myth Revisited

 

According to author Michael E. Gerber, a lack of systems causes many small businesses to fail. Gerber explains why small business owners should not just “make it up as they go,” and how a lack of systems causes the customer experience to be inconsistent. Gerber shares how constructing systems will improve your small business, making it more consistent and secure. He feels that creating systems in business makes for happier employees as well as customers. (The New York Times)

 

2- The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People

 

Big Times Small Business places this book in its number one spot. Written by Stephen Covey, this book is said to introduce the concept of “beginning with the end in mind.” It balances “personal and professional effectiveness” using the author's anecdotes of family situations and businesses challenges. Many readers feel that the whole idea of beginning with the end in mind helps them say focused and erases their doubts which kept them frozen before. DocStoc states that, “Covey teaches readers how to become proactive and take responsibility for making big changes and decisions.”

 

3- The Advantage

 

Of this book by Patrick Lencioni, The New York Times says, “If I were looking for a job in a consulting firm, I would want to work for Mr. Lencioni’s firm. His ideas make sense, and I’ve seen many of them work in my own businesses as well as in those I’ve consulted with. He writes about how to run meetings, why values count and how to know the difference between values that are really important and those that you would like to have.”

 

4- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

 

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos wrote this book which “teaches business owners to focus on their company's culture and to foster a sense of shared purpose,” according to DocStoc. (Successful Meetings)

 

5- Speak and Get Results

 

Author Sandy Linver teaches readers to become “natural” speakers who get things done with their words. “Your primary task – and ultimate goal – as the speaker is to direct your listeners’ change so that it leads them to the result you want.”

 

6- Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

 

This is the book for those small business owners who are still trying to understand social media and how it benefits their business. It was written in 2008 by  

7- Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier

 

The name pretty much says it all. Michael Fertik and David Thompson show readers how to “get your business actively using social media is reputation management. The question every small business owner needs to ask him- or herself is, “Do I want to manage my online reputation or do I want to leave it to chance?” (Small Business Trends)

 

8- Guerrilla Marketing

 

“Responsible for coining the term 'guerrilla marketing,' Levinson teaches small business owners that they can garner attention without outsourcing to advertising or PR agencies," says DocStoc.” (Successful Meetings)

 

9- Built to Last

 

This book follows a six-year research done by James C Collins and Jerry I Porras at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. These men studies 18 extremely successful and long-term companies and studied their inner workings, comparing them to their competitors.

 

10- The 4-Hour Workweek

 

Written by Tim Ferriss, Big Time Small Business says of this book, “Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.” 

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