Small businesses provide a huge advantage to their local economies by creating jobs and increasing tax revenue, among other things. If you operate a small business or are planning to, here are five 2015 business books you should read to help you in your endeavors.
#1. Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
Financial guru Dave Ramsey gives practical advice on how to grow a business based on his own experiences. This book will help you develop the leadership qualities you need to make your business and your team more successful.
#2. Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell
This book will help you establish priorities and develop the personal integrity and self-discipline needed to help your business succeed. Maxwell draws on timeless principles that can be applied not only to your business, but to your personal life as well.
#3. The $100 Start-up: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What you Love, and Create a New Future by Christ Guillebeau
If you’ve always thought a lot of money was necessary to start a business with, this book will have you thinking differently. Gillebeau offers real-life examples of people who successfully started businesses with only $100 or less, and will provide you with the inspiration you need to take the plunge yourself.
#4. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Procrastination can be disastrous for small business owners in a number of ways. If you’re a procrastinator, Rework will help you identify ways you may be procrastinating, and then offer straightforward advice on how to overcome them.
#5. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Your employees play an important part in the success of your business, which is why knowing what motivates them is so important. Pink focuses on what he calls the “three elements of true motivation” (autonomy, mastery, and purpose) to help you better understand what motivates people and help them perform better.
These books all focus on unique elements, which is why you should make it a point to read each one of them in the coming year. For more information on becoming successful in business, contact us.