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Top 5 List of Business Minded Books Michelle Wants to Read
The internet has made it a lot easier to be a small business owner these days. It has been one of my greatest resources since I ventured into the world of being a virtual/business assistant for small business owners almost 10 years ago and still proves to be just as useful for myself and my team every day. When I started Done By 5, I would read the blogs from “well-known” big companies but found myself turning to advice from fellow small business owners and bloggers more often than not. Blogs are a great resource for relatable and digestible information!
I do find myself though, especially as I jump into a new chapter of my business with my team, wanting to dig a bit deeper and branch out in my resources and where I get new information. That is why I decided one of my goals for 2018 would be to read more books, specifically books that focus on the world of small business.
As you may remember from last weeks post, 2018 Goal Check-In, this is the one area of my goals that I have yet to dive into. But my awesome assistant (like I have said before, every small business owner needs one) Samantha, has put together a list of books that would be beneficial for me, my own business, and my clients.
Here are the top 5 books I am looking forward to reading.
Top 5 Business Minded Books Michelle Wants to Read for Done By 5 and Why
In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artist and Entrepreneurs, by Grace Bonney. The first time I saw this book it caught my attention immediately. It is always great to get advice from peers and even better when they can relate to you on a more personal/cultural level. Women are taking the business world by storm these days and having their words of wisdom, through the great and not so great, is enlightening and empowering. I am excited to read what these awesome women have to say!
Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success, by Sean Ellis. The San Francisco Bay Area is the epicenter of the tech boom. People with the right ideas and effective strategies become break out successes. What intrigues me about this book is that not only does it give you insight into the strategies each company used, but also the process that went into developing their unique system. Several of the companies went from the verge of failing to becoming integral parts of many people’s lives. This book breaks the traditional marketing model and business strategies and pushes the envelope (email box) on how and where to find the ideal client.
The Passive Income Playbook: The Simple, Proven, Step-by-Step System You Can Use to Make $500 to $2500 per month of Passive Income in the Next 30 Days, by Raza Imam. Passive income is a great way to make blogging a lucrative side passion or even a full fledge small business. But it is more than just inserting some links and magically having money. This book dives into the strategy behind blogging and how that strategy is always changing as new technology continues to be developed.
High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become that Way, by Brendon Burchard. For anyone that knows me, they know I am a number and facts person, and that’s what makes this book stand out to me. The author spent 20 years studying successful businesses and the people behind them. He explores the qualities that all these people share and helps you discover ways to cultivate them within yourself. To me, developing healthy business habits is an integral part of a successful business.
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too, by Gary Vaynerchuk. I have heard great things about this book and am excited to dive into it! From the outset I can relate, the vision of my business was to jump outside the “normal” area of business and jobs and fill a niche where many business owners need help. I’m looking forward to getting even more perspective and insight into the ever changing world of marketing and building and even bigger tool set for me and my team.
I have laid a heavy task upon myself to jump into these books, but I am ready and excited to dig in and gain new knowledge and business practices! I can already see myself (once these rains decide to let spring fully come) outside with my puppy, lying back, and enjoying the nice weather and one of these books!
Do you have any suggestions on some great books I should add to my list?