5 Must-Read Books for Small Business Owners

September 29, 2017

There seems to be an unlimited amount of resources, from blog posts and YouTube videos to podcasts, that have become available to small business owners over the years. But when you’re looking for guidance, nothing beats a good book.

Whether you’re in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship or you’re wanting to gain some knowledge on a specific topic, there’s a book to turn to for every type of business question.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth

Grit is a must-read when the stresses of small business ownership hit and you need a dose of motivation. In her New York Times best-seller, psychologist Angela Duckworth emphasizes the power of grit — harnessing power and perseverance, rather than talent, to push through obstacles and accomplish great things. Readers can apply grit to not only their businesses, but to life in general.

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

There’s a reason this book is one of the best-selling business books of all time, and is undoubtedly on every great entrepreneur’s shelf. Think and Grow Rich was published in 1937 yet is full of advice and knowledge that is still credible to this day. Napoleon Hill interviewed countless millionaires, like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford, and summarizes what he learns so readers can follow along to achieve success. The principles outlined in this book have made it an insightful read for anyone wanting to switch up the way they see success.

Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business, Paul Downs

Author Paul Downs takes from his own experiences running a custom furniture business for 24 years, to deliver an honest story about what it’s truly like to run and manage a small business. Boss Life dives deep into every aspect that small business owners deal with — employees, taxes, customer service, and dealing with vendors (and people in general) to provide a real perspective on small business ownership.

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, Chris Guillebeau

From the author of the best-seller The $100 Startup comes a brand new book that guides you through creating a successful side hustle. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who doesn’t have a side hustle, or has at least considered pursuing one, which is exactly why Guillebeau outlines how exactly to go about building a business for yourself in the span of about one month. This read is for anyone who’s been thinking about that passion they want to pursue on the side, or for those who need some guidance on taking their side hustle to the next level.

You Are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero

If you respond well to light-hearted, humorous reads then Jen Sincero is your girl. Success coach and author of You Are a Badass, Sincero approaches the serious topic of money in a fun, relatable way.  As a small business owner it’s easy to let money intimidate you, but the tips in You Are a Badass at Making Money will give you the confidence to see money in a more attainable, less stressful way.

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