Being a small business owner is one of the most rewarding, and toughest, career options. To be the most successful, you need to have a good understanding of everything from accounting to marketing.
Whether you have a brick & mortar business, are a full-time blogger making your living online, or anything in between, reading the right books as an entrepreneur can help you with every aspect of your company.
As fellow small business owners, we thought it was important to share our list of the best books for entrepreneurs in 2020 to kick off the year right!
Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read
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You may be familiar with Daymond John from Shark Tank or his FUBU clothing line. But, if you haven't heard the full story of how he started his business, literally selling hats and T-shirts on the street, we recommend learning more about him.
He has several books, but the Power of Broke combines his story and experience with real-life examples from other now-successful entrepreneurs. If you ever want to quit your business because it's too hard and you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, read this to see what can happen when you keep pushing forward.
Ever get frustrated by all the things you start or dream of doing, but never seem to get done? Us too!
Finish by Jon Acuff gives easy to implement tips to help you complete more projects. Plus, he'll make you laugh along the way. We've both seen Jon speak in person and he's the perfect mix of funny and inspirational.
While some of our picks on this list are to help with concrete aspects of your business, this one will help fuel your passion.
Adam Braun left a successful career to start a charitable foundation that builds schools in places where even elementary education hasn't been an option. His story and approach is inspiring while his passion is contagious.
Random note about the power of books: Melissa recommended this book to her husband, who then recommended Adam as a speaker for a conference at his job. They did hire Adam and after hearing him speak, the company funded one of his schools. So cool!
Tools of Titans isn't the kind of book I'd sit and read front to back. But that doesn't mean it isn't full of valuable ideas.
The book is full of the best actionable tips and advice from the millionaires and billionaires that Tim Ferris has interviewed on his podcast. It's perfect to leave in the living room and enjoy in chunks in the morning or before bed.
While the book Essentialism seems to make every recommended book list, Melissa preferred The One Thing.
The concept is similar - be sure you're spending more of your time doing what is important over urgent. While some reviewers found they didn't need to read anything beyond the cover focus of doing ONE THING, Melissa found it helpful to spend some time reading and absorbing the concept.
In fact, doing this review made her realize it's time to re-read this one and do a better job applying it in 2020!
Do you ever feel like you're leaving money or opportunity on the table after a negotiation? Chris Voss was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. He realized that the skills he developed were valuable in all aspects of life and business.
Melissa bought this book after hearing Chris Voss on the Building a Story Brand podcast, but hasn't had a chance to read it yet. It has an astonishing 5 star Amazon rating with over 3000 reviews, so she should probably get started!
This book teaches you what motivates your different customers and helps you communicate with them in a way that inspires them to buy. I hear the tips work for more than just marketing in a business setting, they're great for effective communication in your personal life as well!
Now it’s your turn, we want to hear what you think are the best small business books – did your favorite make our list?
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