Top 10 Books for Small Business Owners

Top 10 BooksI heard it said one time that “Leaders are readers!”

 I am not sure who said it, but I know that it is true.  Now,  I understand that reading can take a lot of forms (you can even listen to a book), but one way or another we need to be “reading.”
When we read we stimulate our minds, learn new skills and grow ourselves.  I have loved to read ever since I was young.  I know that for some people reading is difficult.  But, with resources like and Kindle books that can be read on your smartphone, we no longer have an excuse.
Years ago when I stepped out and started my own construction company I had a problem.  My background and experience was as a “technician.”  I did not have any experience or training in running a business.  I also did not have time to “go back to school” and get a business degree.  I needed to get to work and provide for my family.  Therefore, I had to find other ways to learn how to run a business.  Reading was one of those ways I learned and developed myself.  
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Reading is one of the best ways to grow ourselves!

Here are my top 10 books for Small Business Owners


  1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber
  2. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World – Michael Hyatt
  3. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers – Seth Godin
  4. Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
  5. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us– Seth Godin
  6. The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni
  7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen Covey
  8. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss
  9. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t – Jim Collins
  10. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – Spencer Johnson

This is not an exhaustive list.  There are many other great books that could be added.  These are 10 that have had a significant impact on my life and business.

What books would you add to the list?

Share them in the comments.

  • Brian

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Library – Tribes, We need you to lead us – Seth Godin

Tribes-GodinMy desire is to put good resources in your hands and make you successful.  I am currently reading “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.” by Seth Godin.  This is an amazing little book.  I believe it should be required reading for every business owner and entrepreneur.
The world is rapidly changing.  The explosion of technology, information, and communication through the internet is amazing.  It has created opportunities that never existed before.  Just like when TV and Radio opened up a new form of communication and created wealth and opportunities, we are seeing the same thing through the internet.

A tribe is any group of people, large or small who are connected to one another, a leader and an idea.  For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think the Deadheads).  It’s our nature.

Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost and time.  All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born – groups of ten or ten million who care about their iPhones or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.

Who is going to lead these tribes?

The web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership.  That still has to come from individuals – people just like you who have a passion about something.  Anyone who wants to make a difference now had the tools at her fingertips.

-Excerpt from the Book Jacket

For those of you who desire to follow your dreams, passions, skills and abilities to realize your destiny, ultimately you will need to lead a “Tribe” to turn that passion into your career.  You may not feel like a leader.  But in the words of John Maxwell, “Leadership is influence,” nothing more, nothing less.  Start by connecting with those who value your influence and grow from there.