Business books worth reading. A few months ago we recommended three books for small business owners to check out. Since then we have found three more that are worth looking at. Although there never seems like there is enough tome to read – when you do find the opportunity to set down new habits, reading through these business books will help keep your business acumen fresh and updated.
Good to Great
By Jim Collins
Jim Collins and his team searched through 1,435 businesses looking for common traits as to why they became and remained successful for more than 15 years. Although he found no single answer, or magic bullet, Collins was able to figure out how 11 of these companies changed their performance levels to a consistent profitability using smart, consistent and common sense business practices that made these companies successful.
The $100 Startup
By Chris Guillebeau
The author has lived around the world and uses his intuition and sound business judgement to turn ideas into solid business ideas. Ideas that make money and which are sustainable over time. This kind of approach will not work for everyone – but it is a good read and certainly allows one to think big and dream about incorporating some of Guillebeau’s ideas into their daily work lives.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
By Timothy Ferriss
Okay, this is the same recommendation as we posted a few months ago – we know. But it’s back for a second look because this is a very cool book. Worth checking out!
Not if you have the hutzpah of author Tim Ferriss, who only checks his email once a week. (His out of office reply informs people of this.) Ferriss suggests we enjoy our retirement now – what he terms a mini-retirement – and outsource whatever we can to give ourselves more of that precious free time. And, of course, achieving this four-hour workweek is outline in four steps: Definition, Elimination, Automation and Liberation. This fast-paced read will have you primed for making changes in just a few sittings – if you dare take the leap to try this radical way of thinking and living.