Your business is constantly growing day by day. As your business grows and becomes successful so do you.
Yes! Your mindset and approach to business will always be growing as long as you indulge yourself in knowledge to aid that growth. And there are some business books which can help you along the way
If you’ve been running your business for some time, you know growth is a continuous journey. The fact that you’ve been in business and people like what you offer is enough validation to know that you are destined for more. It is vital that you keep moving the needle forward and look for innovative ways to serve your clients and make money while doing it.
I want to share my top 4 business books that I have found helped me not only start my business and see growth but actually change the way I think about entrepreneurial habits.
1. Finding your purpose: Start with Why – by Simon Sinek
This book was recommended to me by my mentor just as I was starting my business. Sinek starts off with such raw value it’s hard to put it down. He talks about what it means to run a business and what makes people come back for more.
We learn that the key differentiator between the successes and the failures is the ability to convey your why to the target audience. It matters less what you sell, but why you exist as a company. He dives deep into the emotions consumers and clients feel when associating themselves with a brand and how you can shift your business thinking to better sell your business.
“When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you”.
2. Managing employees: Drive – by Daniel Pink
The topic discusses in the book relate to employee relation in the workplace and what drives people to do their job well. I came across this book during my business degree and resonates so much with his theories. The concept of the book discusses what pushes a person to do their job apart from the money they receive at the end of the month. He shares various example as draws findings that recognition is a key factor for many of us, we value being valued.
As a solopreneur I have found it useful to use these concepts when considering to hire others, knowing what will motivate them apart from remuneration.
3. Financial Intelligence: Rich Dad Poor Dad – by Robert Kiyosaki
If you’re looking for a book that will re-teach you what you know about money and business, then this is the one for you. Kiyosaki wrote this book back in 1997 and up until today, he is still referenced as bringing about some fundamental ideologies around money in business and life.
The book touches on his experience as a child and how he learned the key difference between working for money and money working for you. This really helps you to have a forward-thinking mindset, invest in your actions now to benefit from them in the future.
4. Communicating with clients: How to win friends and influence people – by Dale Carnegie
Being good with people is a vital part of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Dale Carnegie book talks about the understanding of human connection and how people need to have more consideration for other people in conversations.
If you want to have video calls where you leave your potential clients feeling valued and cared for, this is the book or you.
It seems simple, but the book covers multiple examples where making small shifts in language allows for more positive interactions.
5. Work/Life Balance: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey
Lastly is a very popular book for entrepreneurs all over the world, 7 habits of highly successful people. This book covers 7 cores habits and particularly demonstrating that it’s OK to be supported by others. This is especially important when growing your business as the most effective way of scaling is to build a team of people that can support you on that journey.
This could be as simple as having a virtual assistant, social media manager or a web designer. This gives you the freedom to focus your time on activities that can generate more revenue into your business.
“Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them”
6. Novel Accounting practices: Profit First – by Mike Michalowicz
The book covers how small business owners should redesign the way you look at money. He prioritises allocating a profit first and then considers the expenses required to run the business. He encourages you to set up separate accounts, each designed for a purpose in the business, and to be strict on yourself. This helps to manage business expenses as there is money available will be a tangible figure as opposed to an accounting figure at the end of the financial year.
He also shares some success stories of people adopting the profit first tool and being able to make a profit for the first time and even earning more money than they could ever imagine. You can visit his website at Mikemichalowicz.com and access a handy overview sheet here.
There are thousands of books in the world that can positively change your outlook on life. Many self-help books are geared towards shifting your mindset in the direction of growth for not only yourself but your business too.
You are more than welcome to book a FREE 30-minute call with me to discuss what your business goals are for the next 90 days and the direction you see your business going?