I work to find and recommend books that are meaningful to the smaller small-business owner.
Nearly all business books today are written for larger businesses and the hi-tech darlings of the startup world—which is a very small percentage of the six million new businesses that are started in the U.S. each year. This is probably true around the world.
In the following list I have tried to recommend books that are both inspirational and helpful to the Micro Business entrepreneur:
by Anita Roddick.
This is a little older book written by one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. For pure inspiration and lessons in bootstrapping, this book is the best. The late Dame Anita Roddick was my inspiration and mentor, even though she never knew it.
by Chris Guillebeau.
This book is both inspiration and How-to. It is aimed directly at the aspiring entrepreneur who is hesitant to “make the start.” There really are no excuses—so start—and start now!
by Napoleon Hill.
This too is a long-standing classic for entrepreneurs, written in 1937. Beware of later revised editions by other editors—they have lost the rhythm and power of the original. It is available in standard book form, a Kindle edition, and as an audio CD.
by Tom Peters.
This is a typical Peters book, which makes it a little hard to read for long periods. However, it is a great book to dip into from time to time for inspiration for both you and your business. It is available in regular book editions as well as a Kindle edition.
by Michael Gerber.
This book is very anti-Micro Business. Gerber maintains that you are NOT an entrepreneur unless you have employees. I included it here because it is frequently referred to, and has been a best seller for years. Although the book is primarily a brochure for Gerber’s consulting business, he does provide some good tips on handling growth.
by Tim Ferriss.
I included this book here because it discusses the payoff of hard work. Ferriss worked many 15-hour days before he was able to enjoy the fruits of his labors. Although there is much I disagree with in this book, Tim does provide some spot-on tips and suggestions.
by Dale Carnegie.
Carnegie’s commonsense approach has helped millions of people for over 75 years. The advice presented in this book works as well in our high-speed digital world as it has through the ages.
by Stephen Covey.
Although this book was first introduced around 1990, the material is timeless and very appropriate for today’s entrepreneur. The book is also available in the Kindle edition and as an audio CD.
by David Allen.
Whether just starting a new business, or growing an established one, there never seems to be time to get necessary things done. This book can help you make better use of your limited time.
by Bob Foster.
Naturally, I would include my own books. I have written several books especially for the beginning or aspiring entrepreneur, covering basic subjects that all Micro Business entrepreneurs need to be familiar with. I frequently add new titles to this series, so be sure to check back periodically
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Although I don’t agree with everything included in the above books, I try to recommend those that I think can change your business or your life. So, whenever I run across one that I believe can have a positive effect, I will add it to this list.