Help Your Small Business Get the Upper Hand this Year with the Best Business Books to Read in 2022.
One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is to read more. I try to read every day, resolutions or not. Reading is so important to me that I’ve made it a huge part of my morning routine and evening routine.
If you ever get the chance to stroll through the business book section of the library, bookstore, or online, you might be overwhelmed by the ridiculous amounts of choices! Books on marketing, e-commerce, start-ups, motivation, leadership, and more abound!
Short of recommending my own book (coming 2022), here are some of my tried-and-true best business books that I refer back to regularly when I need advice, inspiration, or a swift kick in the butt:
Best to Get You (and your team) Inspired:
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek takes the position that leaders can either inspire or manipulate. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather do the former.
In this book Sinek encourages you to really delve into “your why”—the reason you began your business in the first place. By focusing on your reason why, you can gain clarity, innovate, and inspire. Definitely worth the read!
Best for Re-Vamping Your Marketing:
Get Different by Mike Michalowicz
Advertising and marketing are some of the most important and more painful elements of any business. In Get Different, Michalowicz challenges the reader to try something different to get noticed in the industry. You don’t need more marketing—you just need better, different marketing.
I love this book! And I absolutely recommend listening to the audio version, which is read by the author. You can’t help but love his infectious enthusiasm.
Best for Partnering with Other Businesses:
Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships by Andrew M. Davis
I am a huge supporter of referral marketing and teaming up with other small business owners. After all, we all go up together.
This book takes that idea up another level with creative and insightful ways to cross-market for maximum affect. Love it!
Best for Connecting with People
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I think I first read this book in late middle school or early high school when I pretty much hated everyone and was in my angsty, angry teen phase (oh, joy!). I think my parent’s bought it for me so I could try to fit in at school amidst all of our frequent moves.
I can’t say it made me popular, but it did leave a lasting impression with me and I try to re-read this book every year.
*This link connects you to TWO of Dale Carnegie’s books, and I recommend both of them!
Best for Creating Better Habits
Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth and Prosperity by Dean Graziosi
Small shifts. Big results. This book is all about how to create daily habits that will yield long term success. You don’t need more time, you need to incorporate these success habits into your daily life and routine.
Who doesn’t want to think and act like a millionaire?
Best for Beginners: It’s a toss-up between these two:
Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business without Going Crazy by Clate Mask and Scott Martineau
So many things to do! Starting and running a small business is no small feat. It’s a statistical fact that most small businesses will fail! And why is that?
Businesses often fail because there is just so much that goes into properly running a business. As the owner, everything falls back on you! Conquer the Chaos focuses on the mindset shift that is necessary to become an effective leader and entrepreneur. It’s a must for new business owners before the business overpowers you.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
“E-myth” is shorthand for the “entrepreneurial myth,” which basically states that all you need to an idea, some skill, and a lot of hard work. Though this is true, there is a lot more to making a successful business.
In this book, Gerber lists three roles that each new owner will undertake in order to achieve true success in business. It’s a quick, easy read, with a wealth of essential information! Before you start your business, read this book!
Best for Budgeting Your Business:
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz
The title says it all! It’s so easy for the money to get away from you when you are starting and running a small business. This book simplifies the process and teaches you how to make profits first, and then pay expenses rather than the other way around.
Best for Creating Your Vision:
Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool for Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future by Cameron Herold
We’re all told to make a mission statement for our businesses, but is that enough? In this book, Herold offers a step-by-step solution to grow your business and achieve your goals. He shows you how and why to write a Vivid Vision to develop the future of your business.
When a friend first recommended this book, I thought it sounded a little too “woo-woo” for me, but that wasn’t the case at all! Having a Vivid Vision has helped me explain my goals to my colleagues and staff, and avoid hiring people who don’t align.
A book won’t solve all your business woes–then again, neither will a google search or even an MBA—but it will get the ball rolling. You will never regret the time spent bettering your mind or your mindset, so grab one of the best business books today and start reading! Your business and your brain will thank you.
Need more recommendations for the best business books? I have a million! What’s your favorite read?
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