The right books can make a big difference in your life. They can inspire and influence your business. Without knowing what to choose from, many new entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed when faced with the selection of written materials that they find in a bookstore. That’s why it helps when a friend or business partner recommends a title or two. It makes the hunt for the perfect advice that much easier.
Consider us your friends in-the-know. We’ve been faced with the difficult task of choosing books time and time again in hopes that it will help our businesses. Rather than leave you to your own devices, we thought we’d compose a list of ten business books that revolutionized our lives. Happy reading!
The ten titles you need to add to your library right now are:
- The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success by Jennifer Lee. Instead of creating your traditional linear business plan, why not get your creative juices flowing by following Jennifer Lee’s methods for creating a visual business plan? Her tips will certainly will provide you with a roadmap to success.
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau. It takes a great idea and a healthy dose of determination to be successful. Chris Guillebeau follows a number of business owners who invested an initial $100 or less and made a success out of their venture.
- The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking by Mike Rohde. Learn a new way to retain what you’ve learned by sketching your notes rather than just writing them down. This fool-proof way of getting the most out of lectures, conferences, and videos provided Mike Rohde with the inspiration needed to write this book.
- The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast by Josh Kaufman. Rather than spend decades learning how to be an expert, Josh Kaufman shows how quickly a person can improve his or her skills in twenty hours through dedicated practice. If you’re looking to improve your knowledge base and increase your skill set quickly, this is the book for you.
- The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran. Who doesn’t want to get as much done as quickly as possible? If productivity is something you want to increase, you’ll learn a lot from Brian P. Moran’s teachings. Imagine if some of the most important work that you do is done early on in the year rather than taking the entire year to complete.
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Set yourself apart from the million and one businesses just like yours in the marketplace. Build the type of platform that gets you noticed among a sea of social media pages, blogs, and websites.
- Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry. Todd Henry shows how to push through limitations to discover your true potential as a business owner. Rather than procrastinate by putting off your best work until tomorrow, you learn how to harness that energy, break through barriers, and unleash the best possible work you have in you each and every day.
- The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte. Get straight about how you want your work to make you feel. Then set goals accordingly. After all, wasn’t being happy why you went into business for yourself in the first place?
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Learn to outsource your inbox, maximize your potential, and take regular vacations all by working four hours or less each week. Timothy Ferriss is among the most noted “lifehackers”. The list of accomplishments he has achieved in very little time is remarkable. Let his successes fuel your own.
- Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon. Austin Kleon started a buzz with his controversial concept of “stealing” ideas from other successful people. He encourages his readers to make things their own and allowing others to steal from them as well. That’s how you make yourself remarkable. It’s not about being the first to come up with something but more about the best person to come up with something.
There are tons of business books that offer sound advice. The aforementioned list is just a sampling of the different types of materials and authors available for you to choose from. Borrow a title from your local library or purchase your own copies of the books you find the most intriguing. There is a lot to be learned from other people’s experience. Now, it’s up to you to apply that knowledge and make your business a success.
Meredith Wood is the Director of Community Relations at Funding Gates, an online application for small businesses that allows them to track, organize and manage their receivables all with simple clicks. An avid small business writer, Meredith’s work can be seen on Fox Business, AllBusiness, Amex OPEN Forum, Yahoo!, SCORE and many other small business sites. Connect with Meredith on Twitter @FundingGates.