Reading books about business is something I find valuable as I continue on this journey of helping small-business owners and being a small-business owner. The list I have provided below took me several years to read through, but provides an overview of my favorite books I have read that relate to business or have helped me as a business owner. Enjoy!
This is one I read recently, and have to admit I was intrigued by the title. Rachel provided great ideas and should-be-doings as we grow our business and approach our lives as business owners. My favorite takeaway was why she doesn’t charge by the hour and instead charges by the value she offers her clients.
Maria Shriver isn’t necessarily known as being a “business” person, however she has grown up being surrounded by wisdom from extremely influential people in our nation. Her uncle was J.F. Kennedy, her mom is Eunice Shriver (the founder of the Special Olympics), her dad was a politician and the list goes on. I really enjoy reading her wisdom and insight towards life, faith, and wellbeing. All these practices help me in business too, because I can’t be successful in business without first being successful as a person.
This is one I read a few years ago as my husband and I were growing our family and wanted to make wise financial decisions. The wisdom that Dave imparts on his readers continues to astound me. He is all about staying debt-free. A practice I put into play in life and business.
At Your Best is a book all about maximizing your energy when your brain is functioning at it’s best. Carey Nieuwhof has great tips for working at home and using your time to maximize the work you put out into the world.
I read this one thinking it would be helpful for copywriting. And though it was, it actually gave me great insight into how I present myself, my business and my brand. People are wired for story, and creating a “story” out of your business resonates with people. His framework was a fascinating approach to business.
Rachel is another author who has a similar mindset as Dave Ramsey (she is his daughter). This book is all about getting to know your personal money habits, strengths, weaknesses etc. that either make or break you financially.
Emily Ley is the founder of Simplified. She has found huge success in her business creating planners and offering simple tips for everyday life. This book has an acronym she follows (BUILD). I enjoyed reading this for life tips and business tips.
Brene Brown will forever be one of my favorites. Although I could have listed ALL of her books on this blog post, I chose this one. Starting a business is hard, it’s a “wilderness” and Brene has great insight into navigating wilderness times in life.
This book has been around for a long time. I came across it from women who have had great success in network marketing through the company Young Living. I was intrigued because network marketing is so.hard. This book really is incredible for business and life in general. If you are someone who wants to influence people or simply develop and sustain long-term friendships this book is one worth picking up.