Books That Every Business Owner Should Read

Starting a business takes time, effort and patience. Unless you are teaming up with a major company, you will not have professional development programs at your disposal to teach you the tips and tricks you may need as a new entrepreneur. 

Now, it’s up to you to do a little extra work to seek out resources and knowledge to help you grow your business. Books are a good way to help you gain business comprehension. With a variety of topics out there, it is hard to know where you should start in finding the best books for your business. The key is that you want to read books with different subject matter to stretch your understanding across multiple areas of expertise.

Here are three books that every business owner should read: 

  1. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk’s The Thank You Economy explains the importance of one-on-one customer care to have a successful business in your community. He tells a story of why businesses lose money because they do not engage with their customers and build relationships with them. The loyalty of customers is what will keep your business thriving for a lifetime. 

Vaynerchuk continues on describing how customer courtesy, traditions and social media can all be used to grow your business as an entrepreneur. 

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book is one of the best-selling books of all time, with more than 30 million copies since it was released in 1936! 

What makes Dale Carnegie‘s How to Win Friends and Influence People so special? He explains fellowship in the workplace. As a successful businessman himself, Carnegie can speak wisely on this topic. He gives advice on how to respect the people in your business as well as for them to respect you also. 

An important takeaway from this book is about criticism. He explains how criticism can come across the wrong way and how to hold your workers accountable in the correct manner. 

  1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Micheal E. Gerber 

You can be an expert in the industry of your business, but that does not mean that you will be able to have a successful company. It may be easy for you to be proficient in your particular craft, but running a business is a whole different ballfield.

Eighty percent of small businesses fail. In The E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber explains why many small businesses are unsuccessful and gives pointers for how your business can be one of the ones that prospers. 

Gerber goes on to explain three personalities that are important for running a business. The three personalities a business needs are a technician, entrepreneur and manager. The technician is someone who knows how to do the work. The entrepreneur is someone who is thinking of the bigger picture for the business. The manager is the one focused on the present detail and keeping things in order. 

Books can be very beneficial for growing your business. They can teach you how to thrive when you put their advice into practice. While there are many other wonderful books to help you as an entrepreneur, these three are highly known for success. You’ll be surprised by the professional growth you can experience after reading these books. 

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