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Last month we shared a list of 5 Top Influencers’ Favorite Business Books. This month, in honor of Small Business Saturday, I’ll share five books written to help small business owners thrive and succeed.

1) Crush It

aa5 Take your passions and turn them into successes! That’s what Gary Vaynerchuk’s book Crush It promises to deliver. One of today’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, Vaynerchuk shares the secrets behind leveraging the internet to turn your small business goals into triumphs.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s imperative to learn how to harness your passions in order to realize success. Crush It reveals the secret behind how doing what you really love can be the answer to how to build and run a thriving business.

2) First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently aa4

A great business idea and can get only get you so far. Putting into place the right people to breathe life into your business is just as important as a strong business idea and plan. In First, Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman share with their readers what the world’s greatest managers do differently.

Buckingham and Coffman argue that a business’ success and failure lies within their managers’ ability to motivate the workforce. If you hope to motivate employees, increase productivity and catapult your small-businesses success, this book is a must read!

aa3 3) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Motivation and productivity are key ingredients for successful. But, how does one motivate a workforce to increase productivity? If you’ve asked yourself this question, then Daniel H. Pink’s Drive should be on your must-read book list!

Pink relies heavily on behavior science and argues people are motivated when they find intrinsic meaning in their work. Throughout his pages, Pink describes exactly how to help any workforce find this intrinsic meaning and what popular methods actually do not work.


4) The E-Myth Revisited aa2

All small business owners should read Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited. Throughout the pages of this book, Gerber shares why most small businesses don’t actually work. But Gerber also reveals how to create a business that works for you! There exists no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, the key is to build a business around what works best for the business owner and its workforce.


5) The Tipping Point

aa1 If you haven’t already read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, you’ve probably at least heard of it. As its name suggests, The Tipping Point explores that magical moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses the threshold and becomes something more. As a small-business owner, understanding the ways in which your ideas can be turned into a trend can mean the difference between huge success and closing your doors.

What books have helped you navigate starting and running your small business?

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Originally published Nov 22, 2013, updated Dec 30, 2022

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