Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

12 Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

As a small business owner, there’s always more you can learn. Check out these 12 books to learn how to be an effective business owner and leader.

1. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss helps you learn how to better maximize your efficiency and productivity to stop working and start living.

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey’s classic teaches you how to become more effective and productive personally and professionally.

3. The Art of the Pitch: Persuasion and Presentation Skills that Win Business by Peter Coughter

Peter Coughter teaches you not only how to write a good pitch, but also how to tell a captivating story and express your business’s mission.

4. Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business by Paul Downs

Paul Downs defines a boss as someone who handles absolutely everything. He talks about issues he’s faced in his own small business, including competing with big businesses and choosing health insurance.

5. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, shares lessons he’s learned from starting and running several businesses – like the benefits of offering new employees $2,000 to quit.

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

Michael Gerber shares important tips for every stage of your business – from startup to growing pains to mature businesses. He’ll teach you how to ensure you’re working on your business, instead of in your business.

7. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Jim Collins compares good companies to great companies to learn what sets the great companies apart. He’ll teach you the qualities your business needs to go from good to great.

8. Lead-the-Ship by Edward and Rebecca Plant

Edward and Rebecca Plant teach you how to create a culture that attracts and motivates top talent.

9. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Eric Ries takes lessons learned from lean manufacturing to teach startups how they can become more sustainable.

10. The Morning Routine Blueprint: How to Wake Up Early, Energized and Motivated Everyday by Mike Fishbein

Mike Fishbein teaches you how to create a morning routine that will make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed every day.

11. Self-Employed: 50 Signs That You Might Be an Entrepreneur by Joel Comm and John Rampton

If you’re still trying to decide whether to start your own business, Joel Comm and John Rampton will walk you through 50 qualities of entrepreneurs to help determine if entrepreneurship is right for you.

12. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

Gino Wickman teaches you how to strengthen the six key components of your business (vision, data, process, traction, issues, and people) to help you run your business with more enjoyment.