“There is no end to learning, but there are many beginning’s” – Tim Johnson
Similarly, small business owners can never stop learning. To stay ahead of all the competition in today’s world it is a must to stay inspired, aware and accustomed to your customers and patterns in and around your business. So, what to expect from must read books for small business owners?
There always comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life, when you just don’t have any answers to problems that arise. Here to the rescue are many successful people and visionaries who have studied the real deal behind the success and failures in businesses. Looking up to them as an example for guidance through the ups and downs of building and managing your own business is a worthwhile option.
So, here’s a list of five top rated books that can be of great help and inspiration to every small business owners in their way to success.
1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This self-help book which was published in the early 1989 by Stephen R. Covey is still one of the most popular books in the business world. The aim of the book is to make you an effective leader by altering your mind set. Some focuses include being proactive, working with a team, and finding mutually beneficial solutions to problems.
2. How to Win Friends & Influence People
This book written in the 1930’s by Dale Carnegie is all about learning how to gain new clients, interact well with customers, and grow your network. You also learn how to make people like you so that they listen to you and its easier for you to convince them. Thus, increasing your influence. There rules mentioned in the book are so apt that they still very much apply in today’s world.
3. The Lean Start Up
The Lean Start Up written by Eric Ries and published in 2011 teaches you how to navigate in an uncertain business climate. Though focused towards budding entrepreneurs, this book qualifies in this case too as many setbacks for start-ups are also faced by small business owners. It includes discussions on ways to minimize waste, increase productivity and catch problems quickly through swift quality control check points.
4. The 80/20 Manager
Published in 2013 and written by Richard Koch The 80/20 Manager relates the Pareto principle to management. Which is,” that about 80% of the effects come from 20%of the causes.” The learning that you get from this book is that how the best managers in the world achieve results with less effort by concentrating on the most effective 20% of their work.
5. How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big
If thinking about failure and being afraid of it is all that you do, then this book is for you. Published in 2013 and written by famous cartoonist Scott Adams this book includes how many failures he’s overcome to prove that they all lead to success. By reading How to Fail at Almost Anything, you come across the importance of embracing your failures, staying motivated, and enjoying the process.