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When you make the decision to start your own business, chances are you have a well thought out business plan, have secured financing, and you know your trade. But operating a company is more than great work ethic and a desire to succeed.
Maybe you want to remain a small shop with a handful of employees, or perhaps you want to be the next big company in town and dominate your industry.
In both scenarios, you may find yourself struggling with the small day to day tasks, need advice on employee relationships, human resource practices, or simply learn how to grow your business responsibly so you can make a profit.
You do not have to have a business degree to be successful. But you can turn to leaders when you need answers to your questions. The good news is there is no shortage of inspiring books in circulation. Some of the authors are business professionals who have found the secret to their own success. Others are athletes, celebrities, spiritualists, psychologists, chefs, and historians who share their insight on how to become the best version of yourself and apply that to achieving your business goals.
In this article, our pros share some of their favorites:
Relentless is all about motivation, which is a definite ingredient to your success. There will be days you want to give up. You may face challenges that seem too difficult to overcome. A good motivational story can help you to find the strength to achieve your dream.
This is a great title to help with the art of negotiating relationships. Whether you are the sole employee of your company, or part of a large corporation, you will face challenging situations with others. Being able to successfully navigate an unhappy customer, difficult coworkers, vendors, and your peers is always part of a great business’s continuing growth.
Do you have an outlook of hope or certain doom in trying times? With the state of the world, it is easy to take a view of troubles and forget to look at the world, and your business, with an optimistic mind. Matt Ridley explores how humanity is evolving in a positive way through “exchange and specialization.” Looking at the world in a better light can change the way you do business and help you accomplish your goals.
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine By Mike Michalowicz
In this book, Michalowicz provides a roadmap to profitability. Any small business can succumb to problems with cash flow. He stresses the importance of simple and reliable accounting processes, management strategies, and does so with humor and relatability.
Rely on the “Profit First system” to learn how you can avoid the fate of many struggling new business owners.
This is a favorite among many great leaders. Perhaps you have been gifted this before and love it or are in search of advice in life and business. Either way, it is often described as life changing. It is not only about how to attain your business goals, but your life goals as well, which are truly interdependent. Who Moved My Cheese is a parable about navigating the maze, which is life, full of unexpected change. It shares ways you can deal with the everchanging landscape and come out the other end with less stress and more happiness, however you define those terms. If you are looking for a way to de-stress and get organized, this is the book for you.
Keep a journal throughout your first year and look back on it as you grow. You will find that you may have done things differently, but still found a way. Share your own stories with others, there is always someone out there asking the same question you did! We have listed a handful of works by individuals who have experienced a multitude of different ways of dealing with life and work. Check out the other titles shared by our members. All titles are available at your local bookstore or online. Not all books will be right for you. Whatever your struggles are, find others who have a shared experience. Turn to other professionals, as well. Starting a business is tough, but doable with the right motivation and support system. What is your favorite inspirational book?
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