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Recommended reading for every business owner

 

Badass Your Brand by Pia Silva

What:

It's marketed as a book on branding - how to create a killer brand for your business. But, it's really a book about how to run a profitable service business by creating productized services and repeatable processes. 

Why: 

Even if you just read it for Pia's schema on pricing your services, it's well worth it.  This is one of the first 2 books that we recommend to everyone starting or running a service business (the second one is next on the list). If you're starting a new business, wanting to niche your existing service business or just want to see if you can create a business where you don't have to work yourself to death, this is a great place to start your work.

This is one of the first two books we recommend to every entrepreneur (the next one is next on the list).

 

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

What: 

It's a system designed to help you manage your business cash, to make sure that you're always profitable. 

Why:

It's a great concept of managing your money to make sure that there's always cash laying around to pay taxes, pay yourself and make a profit. Don't get get too hung up on the technicalities in the book (it can get a little detailed), but if you take a high-level approach, this is basically a primer on how to hide your money from yourself, so it's always around when you need it.

 

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

What: 

Though the title talks about how to be a kick-ass boss, this is really a book on how to communicate with people and it is useful whether you're trying to be someone's boss, or just trying to operate in the world.

Why:

Though some of the book does talk specifically about how to supervise, it's a great guide for learning how to speak to people honestly and directly.

 

 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

What: 

An asskicking to help you break through mental blocks

Why:

Everyone has blocks that keep them from success - sometimes that's fear, sometimes it's just the inertia of immobility. Whatever you're stuck on (and maybe you don't even realize that you're stuck yet) - this book will be the kick in the ass you need to do the next thing.