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Best business books of all time

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

Read this priceless list of the best business books of all time. Print out this list, buy and read these top business books and you'll have pretty much all the business knowledge you need. There is no one business book that can give you all the information you need to manage a business or suceed in the corporate world. Here's a must-read list of the best selling, and highly recommended and reviewed business and business management books. There will be some you have heard of, but read on for business book gems that you might not be so familiar with.

TOP BOOKS FOR SETTING UP YOUR OWN BUSINESS/MANAGING A SMALL BUSINESS

THE E-MYTH REVISITED: WHY MOST SMALL BUSINESSES DON'T WORK AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT by Michael Gerber

Has an almost fanatical following. E stands for 'entrepreneur'. Forget the usual assumptions or 'myths' about setting up a business ~ you don't need perseverance, luck or brains, you need to think differently. If you don't want to read on and you fancy setting up your own business, get The E-Myth.

GROWING A BUSINESS by PAUL HAWKEN

"Growing a business was also a PBS series which gives the real, practical advice for setting up and growing your own business, as well as experiences of many business owners. Hawken is co-founder of "Smith and Hawken" a mail-order garden tool company. He doesn't believe in the risk-taking entrepreneur. The way to succeed in business, says Hawken, is not about the risks and being bold, it's about rolling up your sleeves and getting things done.

SO YOU BUILT IT AND THEY DIDN'T COME. NOW WHAT? by JACKIE BASSETT

Not the most famous business book, but this one takes a great approach by getting you to think about what your customers are NOT saying. Great if you're not quite sure your product/service is meeting market needs. I love the fact that this book is short and to the point ~ you could probably read it in half a day (worth booking a train ride just to read it in peace!). You can tell that Jackie Bassett has been there, done that ~ she speaks from real experience and is not afraid to give harsh truths and blunt advice.

MAVERICK: THE SUCCESS STORY BEHIND THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL WORKPLACE by Ricardo Semlar

This is the best selling business book of all time in Brazil. In fact, it's the best selling non-fiction book in Brazil ever. Semler is the 34 year old CEO of Semco, a manufacturing firm. He transformed Semco from a traditional company to an incredibly progressive but successful business. Employees set their own salaries, work hours and dropped the job titles and dress codes. Sounds crazy, but it worked. Semler also wrote the popular "Seven Day Weekend: A Better Way To Work In the 21st Century" which gives further ideas on different ways of working.

THE CHANGE FUNCTION: WHY SOME TECHNOLOGIES TAKE OFF AND OTHERS CRASH AND BURN by PIP COBURN

Forget Kevin Costner with his "build it and they will come". Some customers never come to a business. Pip Coburn takes years of research into technologies which become huge successes (iPods, NetFlix, DVDs) and why some crash and burn (video phones, Segways). If you are thinking of creating a new technology, read this first.

WORKING YOUR NETWORK: MANAGING TECHNOLOGY FROM SURVIVAL TO SUCCESS by MARK CHAMPION

Even if you don't have a hi-tech business or you're running a 'mom and pop' type of operation, technology can help in many different ways to get to the top. Not matter what your budget or scale, this book explains and shows you have to manage technology in a plain English manner.

MILLIONAIRE MINDSET AND APPROACH


CONVERSATIONS WITH MILLIONAIRES: WHAT MILLIONAIRES DO TO GET RICH by Mike Litman and Jason Oman

The author Robert Allen puts it quite succintly ~ "If you want to make millions, read "Conversations with Millionaires". Frequently on the top 10 list of best selling business books, Conversations with Millionaires gives you a wide range of inspiring stories from nine entrepreneurs who have made it. Worth it just for the section by Jim Rohn who was Tony Robbin's mentor, and the interview with Jim McCann who started out as a social worker and now counts Donald Trump as a friend. Jim McCann talks about various business opportunities available in areas that you might not think as 'sexy' or 'hot'.

FORTUNE AND FREEDOM: THE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS by JIM HIRSHFIELD

Another short, to-the-point book that can be read in a couple of hours. Gives you all the steps you need as you prepare to start and run your own company. There's a checklist of essential questions to ask yourself including 1. Should I buy an existing business or set up a new one from scratch? 2. How can/should I finance my new venture? 3. What kind of experience should I get before becoming an entrepreneur? 4. Stay with a salaried job, or take the plunge and become an entrepreneur. Think about the title: it's not just about making a fortune, it's also about creating a life of freedom.

TOP MARKETING BOOKS

SELLING THE WHEEL: CHOOSING THE BEST WAY TO SELL YOU, YOUR COMPANY, YOUR CUSTOMERS by JEFF COX

Jeff Cox is the author of the best-selling business books "Zapp!" and "The Goal". It's an unusual business marketing book in that it is written like a fable (like "Who Moved My Cheese") and discusses the different types of customers and how to make your product or service sell for that particular type of client. A fun read that sticks in your head with great information and a strong core message. One of those few popular business books you would read for fun.

BOOK YOURSELF SOLID: THE FASTEST, EASIEST AND MOST RELIABLE SYSTEM FOR GETTING MORE CLIENTS THAN YOU CAN HANDLE EVEN IF YOU HATE MARKETING AND SELLING by MICHAEL PORT

This book is about marketing yourself. Michael Port is a charismatic, smart marketer who even featured in an episode of "Sex And The City" kidding Sarah Jessica Parker. The new edition has great chapters on marketing yourself via the internet and social media.

THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF RUNNING A BUSINESS


HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT: FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND INVESTORS by Brian Kline

Whether you have a small or multinational billion dollar business, you need to be able to understand a company's financial statements. But you don't want to be a CPA? This book gives you a dummies guide to financial statements but more than that ~ you get hints, tricks and tons of secrets in how to read a company's financial reports in a way you can use to your advantage. Don't skip this book and rely on accountants to interpret or create financial statements for you.

PRODUCTIVITY


GETTING THINGS DONE: THE ART OF STRESSFREE PRODUCTIVITY by DAVID ALLEN

Forget all the strategic, plans and ideas for your new business. They mean nothing if you do not take action. Getting Things Done (or GTD) has become THE modern classic system for productivity in the workplace. The best thing about this book is how easy it is to implement ~ nothing complicated, no sophisticated software or systems required (though there are now a slew of GTD iphone apps and other tools available now). It's all about taking that first action and getting started. Can't recommend this highly enough ~ it'll pay for itself in just a day as you'll get on an actually accomplish the important things on your to do list.



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Comments

Jan 15, 2011 12:05pm
dreamaker
great indepth article thumbs up!!
Jan 15, 2011 12:08pm
LouisLovesLouis
wow, thanks for commenting dreamaker!! i intend to add to it as there's a couple of business books I'm in the middle of reading!!
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