Learning doesn’t stop once you’re out of school. That’s particularly true for small business owners. From new laws to new technology to new business growing strategies, there’s always something to learn. We looked at dozens of small business books and read reviews from real small business owners. Here are some of the best books we found that can help guide your small business journey as well as help you reach personal goals.
1) Rich Dad Poor Dad
Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad is the #1 Personal Finance book of all time. The book tells the tale of two dads – one rich, one not – and the ways that both men look at money and investing. Readers will learn the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
2) Who Moved My Cheese?
Author: Spencer Johnson
This is a short story of two mice that live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese. How do they react and act on that change? Dr. Spencer Johnson explores using language and tools to deal with change. Since change is a constant, Dr. Johnson proves that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.
3) The 4-Hour Workweek
Author: Timothy Ferriss
In his podcast, Ferriss says often that he’s an ordinary guy who’s figured out how to be super effective in what he does. Ferris offers systems and processes that can work for almost every small business owner. One customer review says it all:
“Life Changing. There are so many powerful seeds planted in this life-changing book, I don’t even know where to begin. My best advice is to pick it up and check it out for yourself.”
4) Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing
Author: Harry Beckwith
Beckwith owned his own advertising and marketing firm and has worked with Fortune 500 companies. He explores practical strategies relevant to any service business including listening to the customer, selling the long-term relationship and identifying what a business is really selling.
5) The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Standard reading for most MBA programs, The Goal is another book that “you just have to read to get it.” The book is about the importance of strategic capacity planning and constraint management. Time Magazine listed the book as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books”.
6) Competitive Strategy
Author: Michael Porter
Nearing its sixtieth printing in English and translated into nineteen languages, Porter’s publication has transformed the theory, practice and teaching of business strategy throughout the world. The Journal of Business Strategy writes in a review: “Any manager who studies and uses the materials in this book should be able to devise more successful strategies.”
7) Financial Intelligence For Entrepreneurs
Berman and Knight outline the essentials of finance specifically for entrepreneurial managers. The team has trained thousands of people at leading organizations worldwide and provides hands-on activities to practice what you are reading.
8) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey
An internationally respected leadership authority, Covey shows that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness. This book explores how to perform better in both arenas. His stories are frequently from family situations as well as from business challenges.
9) Built to Sell
Author: John Warrillow
With a simple message, the book is written in story fashion, not a typical business book. Small business owners are encouraged to look beyond building a job to building a business of value.
10) Duct Tape Marketing
Author: John Jantsch
This book asks the question, “Is Your Marketing as Simple, Effective, and Affordable as Duct Tape?” If the answer is “no”, crack open this book and start reading. The author leads the reader through a comprehensive and detailed list of what to do like strategy before tactics, how to identify your ideal client and much more.