Reading to start, grow, or redirect your business and work is vital to your success, but if you are anything like me you get to the book store and your brain turns to mush. Then you walk out with a cook book so you just don’t end up looking like an idiot. Its okay it happens to me too. This book list is just to get you kicked off on some powerful business books that can get you to start or get you to the next level. This is a very eclectic mix of old, new, and fun business books. There is something for every budget, reading level, and stage of profession and or business a person could be in. I hope you find something you have never read before and something that will inspire your 2018 going forward.
I have been recommending this book for the past two years as it is an HR focused from the top down and bottom up organizational planning system. This is a proven and grounded look at how an organization should be managed and structured. You will love this easy to read and implement strategies found in this little power house of a book.
This is also a tried and true solid referral strategy. I find that both virtual and business owners can benefit from the power of referral marketing and it is a great book to get you on track.
This is a very old book. Think great depression old, but it still has some valuable lessons to learn in it. I would put this more in the inspiration category, but it does have some general business principles that still hold true to this day. It should be required reading for business owners.
This one just came on my radar this year and it really has some good tools for start ups. This would also be a great book for virtuals as well. Just read the reviews on this one. Every single person that bought it has loved it. It is very well written and easy to understand. It is a short read so I recommend grabbing another book when you order this one.
I think many business owners and leaders for that matter fall into a shiny new tool, guru, or method mentality at some point. The heel of that trap is that everyone has access to the same tools, systems, gurus, and methods so what actually makes you and your business or product different. This book helps to highlight how to focus on our uniqueness and not just be looking for the next big tool, system, or guru that is going to make us shine. Leadership is what sets us apart and how we engage with people. I think you will find that it is a great read.
Fair warning this is a fluffy at best business book, and yes it is about a woman business owner who is a bit of a rebel, but there is some good, “never give up,” messaging in this book. It is a super easy read. I read it in about two hours. This is also a great book for teenage entrepreneurs. My daughter loved it.
This is probably one of the best books I have read about going out on your own and starting a freelance business. If this is something you are already doing or something you dream about doing I recommend this easy read as a start. It will get your blood pumping and ready to execute your dream freelance career in no time.
One of the biggest traps I find new businesses fall into is they just don’t make money. If you fear this problem or have it please, please, please read this book. It shows you to think about the whole picture and structure your business to make money and not just spend it. You will thank me for it when those extra zeros start hitting you bank balance.
I don’t usually recommend many branding books because they are a dime a dozen and what is hip today is square tomorrow. I also dislike the gurus but she does have a good story to tell and does lay out some planning from going from absolute broke unknown to business expert. You can apply her knowledge very well to your work and business to get on the map.
So this book is for someone that knows they want to own a business but they don’t even know what that is or where to start. She has some tips and exercises to get you going in a direction or even start doing what you want to do. This falls into the follow your dreams category.