These are my go-to small business books. They are a great resource for anyone who is thinking of starting or who has already started a small business.
SMALL BUSINESS BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
Brand Aid: Taking Control of Your Reputation -- Before Everyone Else Does
Larry G. Linne & Patrick Sitkins
For those who have always worked for large corporations, you probably haven’t thought much about branding. However, all of us have a personal brand — and it can affect your success as a small business owner.
I found it amazing that the author teaches his five school-aged children about the importance of brand. This is a brilliant idea to instill and practice at such a young age! If young children can do it, certainly all of us can.
The Energy Bus
This inspiring book teaches how to overcome common life and work obstacles through a story of a manager who was on his last chance to prove himself at work (with a team who didn’t respect him) or risk being fired after the project was over.
This is a must-read if you need to overcome negative people and negative situations at work or your business, and want to learn how to become a great leader that motivates others to follow your dream and vision.
EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
Even if you don’t believe in all of his financial or religious beliefs, Dave Ramsey runs a cash business with employees who are passionate about working there. Dave teaches that if there are problems in your business, don’t blame the economy or your employees. The problem (and solution) is you.
I love the advice he gives about the 12 components to a good hire. A couple that I find very enlightening are “Hire people you like; you will be trusting them and spending lots of time with them” and “If you hire people who are broke, they don’t make good team players” because they are constantly worrying about their bills.
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life
John G. Miller
If you or someone you works for you is constantly playing the victim and asking “Why is this happening to me?” or “Who droppped the ball?” — this is a must-read.
This quick and easy-to-read book is based on the tool that helps individuals practice personal accountability by asking better questions. For example, instead of starting a question with “Why” (i.e. Why did this happen?), you ask a better quesiton starting with “What” (i.e. What could I have done differently?)
Rhinoceros Success : the Secret to Charging Full Speed Toward Every Opportunity
This book is a bit silly, but has a lot of great points and comparisons of two types of animals (aka people) in life – the rhinoceros, who charges towards goals, versus the cow, who lazily grazes and does nothing, sees nothing, and accomplishes nothing.
I love the author’s advice to read positive, stimulating books and to always ask yourself, “Will the information in this book help me reach my goals?” If it won’t, then don’t read it! This has been my philosophy towards building my own personal library – books about personal development, business, and personal finance.
IS JUST A WISH.