Just as Small Business Information shares, “There are thousands of great business books out there that can help you start a business, set and achieve goals, promote your business, manage your finances and so much more. In fact, there are so many business books on the shelves that it can be overwhelming to determine which are worth reading.” With that said, we have constructed a list of five books that we feel can benefit any small business owner. Add these to your collection and display them in your office.
1- The E-Myth Revisited
According to author Michael E. Gerber, a lack of systems causes many small businesses to fail. Gerber explains why small business owners should not just “make it up as they go,” and how a lack of systems causes the customer experience to be inconsistent. Gerber shares how constructing systems will improve your small business, making it more consistent and secure. He feels that creating systems in business makes for happier employees as well as customers. (The New York Times)
2- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Big Times Small Business places this book in its number one spot. Written by Stephen Covey, this book is said to introduce the concept of “beginning with the end in mind.” It balances “personal and professional effectiveness” using the author’s anecdotes of family situations and businesses challenges.” Many readers feel that the whole idea of beginning with the end in mind helps them say focused and erases their doubts which kept them frozen before. DocStoc states that “Covey teaches readers how to become proactive and take responsibility for making big changes and decisions.”
3- The Advantage
Of this book by Patrick Lencioni, The New York Times says, “If I were looking for a job in a consulting firm, I would want to work for Mr. Lencioni’s firm. His ideas make sense, and I’ve seen many of them work in my own businesses as well as in those I’ve consulted with. He writes about how to run meetings, why values count and how to know the difference between values that are really important and those that you would like to have.”
4- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos wrote this book which “teaches business owners to focus on their company’s culture and to foster a sense of shared purpose,” according to DocStoc. (Successful Meetings)
5- Speak and Get Results
Author Sandy Linver teaches readers to become “natural” speakers who get things done with their words. “Your primary task – and ultimate goal – as the speaker is to direct your listeners’ change so that it leads them to the result you want.” Words are very important in the business world. It is important to learn how to use them to your advantage.
Those are a few books that you should not only read, but you might also choose to display in your business office. Of course, it may be difficult to afford a commercial property for lease when you are just starting out. This is why a shared office space like those offered by Offix is such a good idea. You can impress clients with an office space to rent in Wellington at a fraction of the cost of a commercial rental space.