Five Must-Read Books for Small Business Owners

By Michelle Loredo

Business books can give you insight into how to improve your business, how to set goals, employee management tips, marketing advice, and much more. Here are the top five business must-read books and where to find physical copies.

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

Good to Great by Jim C. Collins and his 21-person research team took on a five-year project. The team coded 6,000 articles with 2,000 pages of interview transcripts covering how to be successful. 

The book covers several topics, including how weak businesses can become strong and how businesses have failed to become a stable businesses. The researchers also included the type of leaders that have led their business to success. 

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss helps answer how to eliminate a hectic workweek to a more time-effective work timeline. He goes in-depth on how to strategically eliminate deadtime during your weekly work time, how to approach non-traditional career lengths, income, free transportation and housing, and so on. 

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

New York Times Bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey covers how to create habits that you should work towards to being a successful business. It outlines the core of what habits make a successful business owner. 

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The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard 

The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard is a business leadership/management piece that cover three fundamental practices that will help you become an effective manager to your staff. 

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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

New York Times Bestseller, Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Health shows how ideas stay prevalent in people’s minds and real-life examples of “sticky” ideas. 

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Move Beyond Books for Business 

The SBDC Network is here to help you start and grow your small business. You can schedule business advising sessions to meet in person or through a virtual avenue. Their area of expertise include: 


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