It can be lonely out there – facing your business on your own. So where do you get inspiration? Where do you learn? I am an avid reader, and when I find a book I love, I hang on tight. These are 5 books that have changed my outlook, my habits, my thoughts and my direction in my business.
1. The 4 Hour Work Week – by Tim Ferris
The beauty of running your own business is making your own hours – the skill of managing your time effectively and not working around the clock is a pinnacle of success for many. Understanding how to work smarter, not harder, and embracing the concept of living large – instead of putting it off. I love the concept of living more and working less!
2. The E-Myth Revisited: Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it – By Michael Gerber
I think Gerber wrote this book for me. I am a class technician turned entrepreneur. I was falling in the trap of having to do every piece of content development projects myself and was holding myself back as a result. His mantra about changing mindset to that of a manager has been business changing for me. I am now building my team, who develop the content under my guidance and direction. I am able to have more clients, produce more great content, have happier customers and scale my business beyond just me. Game changer.
3. Now, Discover Your Strength – by Marcus Buckingham
We send this book as a gift to all of our MomBizRetreat attendees. Understand the strengths that you bring to the table so you can capitalize on them is critical…leveraging your strengths helps to bring the fun back to what you do.
4. Delivering Happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose – by Tony Hsieh
If you are at all interested in customer service – this is a must read. The whole concept of humanizing your company – no matter its size – and ensuring that your customers have an amazing, emotional experience when buying from you will help you create customer loyalty, word of mouth buzz and grow your biz!
5. The Little Red Book of Sales: 99.5 Real world answers that make sense, make sales and make money – by Jeffrey Gitomer
By understand why sales happen – you’ll be able to continue making sales happen forever… and how else are you going to grow your business than with sales? I never thought of myself as a sales person, but in fact, I am quite the sales person. I love building relationships, love taking time to understand what people need and then help them get what they need. That’s sales.
So what are your business bibles? Leave a comment telling which books have changed the landscape of your business!
Just so we’re clear: I am testing out affiliate links, there are some on this page. That’s not why I recommended the books. I recommended them because they are awesome.