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Best Books To Read For Small Business Owners

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When you are running a business, personal development is key. Your business and capital will grow to the extent that you continue to learn and develop your leadership skills; don’t rest on your laurels and think that the hard work is done when the checks start rolling in.

Why personal development is essential to running a business

Even with years of experience, you can’t possibly know everything there is to know about running a business. Fluctuating markets, evolving customer needs, and technology innovations make it necessary to stay ahead of such changes. Creating a culture that encourages personal growth for staff and supervisors alike will keep everyone moving forward in the development of something truly wonderful.

Personal development also helps to push you through tough times. More knowledge provides additional options for problem-solving, creative thinking, and even business connections that you can utilize to go the distance. Personal development opportunities can inspire you to create new and innovative solutions to challenging issues.

What does your summer reading list look like?

While most people are carving out a summer reading list that is chock full of leisurely reads, the go-getters of the world are brushing up on their business and interpersonal skills to gain an edge over the competition. What does your list look like? If you want the next years of your business to be exciting and profitable, consider adding these gems to your reading:

  1. For our business beginners: The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber. In his first book, Gerber outlines business building, step-by-step. This revised and improved version tells small business owners about the potential pitfalls and struggles that most business owners encounter during their first few years in business, and what they can do to minimize these issues while attaining impressive profits.

  2. For those that feel overwhelmed: Traction, Gino Wickman. Do you control your business, or does your business control you? Wickman goes into detail on several of the biggest challenges that most businesses face; ones that can make or break your existence in the marketplace. Real-life examples of success and strategies for overcoming obstacles will leave you feeling refreshed, with a new resolve to tackle what life throws at you.

  3. For those that are annoyed: Conquer The Chaos: Clate Mask. We all deal with the minutia of everyday problems and annoyances that can slow our progress and stall our profit margin. From common problems such as ineffective operating systems to unruly and disrespectful employees, Mask gives practical advice on organizing your organization and ensuring that all operations run more smoothly.

  4. For those that need help with time management: Deep Work, Cal Newport. Who among you is adept at time management? Few people conquer their days and cross everything off “to-do” lists; we could all use advice on how to better organize our days for maximum productivity. Deep Work shows you how to power-pack your activities, making the most of your minutes without losing your sanity. This is a must-read for those of us who wish to take over the world.

  5. For those of us who wish to inspire: Start With Why, Simon Sinek. Everyone knows that the best businesses function seamlessly under great leadership. How do great leaders lead? By inspiring, of course! Sinek talks at length about leading with your “why”...why you got into business in the first place, and what you hope to do with your why to change the world. If you find a team to stand behind you and create a sense of common purpose, you’ll be unstoppable!

  6. For those that worry about sales: The Psychology Of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini. Great sales are all about persuading someone that they need or desire what you are selling. The best salesmen and women in the world manage to convince others that the need created was their own idea. In this bestseller, Cialdini focuses on the psychology of what makes people tick and what drives them to purchase. Creating a sense of need or urgency, followed by how you can resolve the problem, makes sales a snap.

Yes….you do have time to read!

Focusing on personal development and making it a regular part of your daily routine will ensure that you can speed on market changes and use them to your advantage. Need another tool in your business belt? Invest in your business and partner with us! At MaxGroup Business Solutions, we have the knowledge, tools, and practical applications to take your business to next level growth and success! Want a little business boost? Contact us today to see just how we can work for you! Visit for more information.

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