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blog june 24It’s Summer, and that means it’s time a grab a good book and grow your expertise. There are many business books that have delivered an array of insightful and actionable reads. There are a particular set of books that I find valuable for small business owners seeking to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship. Here are the top 15 business books is recommend digging into over the next few months. Each offering unique perspectives and practical advice to help your small businesses thrive.

  1. “Tiny Business, Big Money: Strategies for Creating a High-Revenue Microbusiness” by Elaine Pofeldt


Elaine Pofeldt gives readers the steps toward their next entrepreneurial venture, including testing an idea’s market viability while limiting risk, finding cash without giving up control, protecting your personal time and avoiding burn out, and knowing when it is time to start micro-scaling. Her focus is businesses under 20 employees, and this is a great read.


  1. “Coach Builder: How to Turn Your Expertise into a Profitable Coaching Career” by Donald Miller


Whether you’re thinking about starting a consulting business or have been coaching for a while, Coach Builder by Donald Miller will give you the 8-step plan every self-employed coach needs to be successful.


  1. “Selling Your Way IN: The Playbook for Setting Your Income and Owning Your Life” By Kristie Jones 


Kristie Jones has written a sales book for sales professionals, but any business owner can apply the principles in Selling Your Way IN to reach their professional sales goals. She breaks down how to understand your sales superpower, your secret weapons, and how to leverage mental memory, so that they can outperform your competitors.  I saw a preview copy of this book it’s amazing.


  1. “How Leaders Learn: Master The Habits of The World’s Most Successful People” by David Novak

The differentiating mindset and habits that help you turn insight into action. When you put learning at the center of everything you do, you grow your career, your leadership, your relationships, and your joy and fulfillment in life. But even for people who are naturally curious and interested in solving problems, being an effective learner who can turn their learning into action takes insight and practice. With infectious enthusiasm and optimism, David Novak shows you how to master active learning. I really enjoyed this book. 


  1. “All In: How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams” by Mike Michalowicz


ALL IN! by Mike Michalowicz is an excellent “must-read” book for all business owners who aspire to be more effective leaders. I admire that Mike shares his own mistakes and learning, which makes him so authentic, and he leads by example. I appreciate the extra resources, books, and other people’s stories he shares throughout as well as concrete strategies to empower the “team” as he prefers to say. This is another great read.

  1. “Scaling Up Simplified” by Verne Harnish

Verne Harnish has done it again. This book breaks down the often daunting task of scaling a business into manageable steps, offering clear strategies and real-world examples. For small business owners, “Scaling Up Simplified” provides a roadmap to growth, addressing common challenges and offering practical solutions to expand operations without losing control. Read this book at least once.

  1. “Digital Marketing Mastery” by Ann Handley and Joe Pulizzi

Digital Marketing Mastery is comprehensive guide covers the latest trends and techniques in digital marketing, from social media strategies to SEO optimization. Small business owners can leverage “Digital Marketing Mastery” to enhance their online presence, attract more customers, and stay competitive in the digital marketplace. Ann Handley is a master marketer, and this book is a treat.

  1. “Financial Fitness for Entrepreneurs” by Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi’s latest book focuses on financial management tailored specifically for small businesses, offering tips on budgeting, investing, and financial planning. Effective financial management is crucial for small business success, and this book provides the tools and knowledge needed to make informed financial decisions.

  1. “Customer Centricity in Action” by Peter Fader and Sarah Toms

This book emphasizes the importance of putting the customer at the heart of every business decision, with actionable steps to improve customer relationships and loyalty. Understanding and meeting customer needs is essential for small businesses, and this book provides a clear path to achieving customer centricity.

  1. “Leadership in the New Era” by John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell explores the evolving landscape of leadership, offering insights on how to lead effectively in today’s dynamic business environment. Small business owners can benefit from Maxwell’s wisdom to become better leaders, inspire their teams, and navigate the challenges of modern entrepreneurship.


  1. “Sustainable Business Strategies” by Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston’s latest book outlines strategies for building a sustainable business that balances profitability with environmental and social responsibility. With growing consumer demand for sustainable practices, this book helps small business owners integrate sustainability into their operations, enhancing their brand and market appeal.

  1. “The Innovation Formula” by Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen presents a systematic approach to fostering innovation within organizations, with practical tools and frameworks. Innovation is key to staying competitive, and this book equips small business owners with the skills to cultivate a culture of creativity and continuous improvement.

  1. “Sales Excellence” by Jeffrey Gitomer

Jeffrey Gitomer’s guide to sales excellence covers proven techniques and strategies to boost sales performance and close deals effectively. Sales are the lifeblood of any small business, and this book offers practical advice to enhance sales efforts and drive revenue growth.

  1. “AI for Business” by Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee explores the impact of artificial intelligence on various industries, providing insights into how businesses can harness AI to gain a competitive edge. As AI becomes increasingly integral to business operations, this book helps small business owners understand and implement AI solutions to improve efficiency and decision-making.

Leaders are readers because they constantly seek new knowledge, perspectives, and insights to stay ahead in their fields. Reading sharpens critical thinking, enhances decision-making skills, and inspires innovative ideas. I hope that you enjoy SmallBizLady’s Summer Read List 2024. It offers a curated selection of transformative books tailored for small business success. By diving into at least five recommended reads, you gain valuable strategies, actionable advice, and fresh inspiration to drive your business forward. Embrace the wisdom shared by industry experts and thought leaders, and equip yourself with the tools necessary to lead with confidence and vision in today’s competitive marketplace.


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