5 of the Best Small Business Books

I’ve always loved books. From as early as I can remember I’ve had a book in my hand, by my bed (and, yes, in the bath!). These days it’s more likely to be my Kindle that’s never far from my side, but nothing quite beats the feel of a proper printed book.

While podcasts, videos and blogs have their place (and they are unbeatable for getting the latest information on rapidly changing technologies and marketing techniques), for solid business advice books are best.

So it’s not surprising that I have a wide collection of business books. Some I’ve read once, others I’ve gone back to over and over again.

Here are my favourites:

The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Book by Dee Blick

Targeted at the small business, this book is packed with solid, practical advice while still tackling the more difficult subjects of strategy and branding.

Dee’s core messages are:

  • you don’t need a big budget – you can market your business effectively on a shoestring
  • you do need to make a regular time commitment for marketing

Making the Big leap – Suzy Greaves

This book is particularly relevant for anyone thinking of ditching their current unsatisfactory career to follow their dream job in the wedding industry.

Packed with case studies this book also deals with your emotions as you travel from the unhappy job treadmill to a life that you adore.

Purple Cow – Seth Godin

This little book is all about being remarkable in your business and challenging conventional thinking. Short, bite sized chapters make it easy to dip in and out of – read one a day to get your mind framed to make your business sing.

Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy

The time management classic that shows you how to beat procrastination (and we’re probably all experts at that).

This book’s great strength is that its core message is very simple and very memorable. Once you’ve read the book it will stick in your mind (and remind you every time you even think about procrastinating)

The Success Principles – Jack Canfield

I hesitated before including this book. There’s a lot I don’t like about it not least because it’s long (64 principles to master to achieve your success).

But it is a book I keep going back to whenever I feel I need a reminder to get me back on track.

More about personal development than pure business advice, I found this a much easier to read and digest than Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within – but many of the principles are the same.


So those are my top 5 books. Have I missed your favourite? Let us know your favourite business books on our Facebook page.

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