Often times the most difficult aspect of running a small business can be the uncertainty that is faced on a daily basis. From implementing effective management strategies, to making critical decisions, a good piece of advice is always appreciated to build confidence, and give you some peace of mind. A good book can provide just that for someone looking to solve a problem, or simply to run his or her operation more effectively. Everyone stands to gain from increased knowledge from other successful people, and small business owners are no exception. That being said, here are three books that every small business owner should read to be an effective manager and get results.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
One of the most common reasons why small businesses fail is due to a lack of effective systems. Having proper systems in place is crucial for any company to thrive, and makes a world of difference, not only for you, but for your customers as well. In this book Mr. Gerber goes in depth about the importance of systems, and how to effectively implement them for your business.
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port
The most important thing for any business is to acquire, retain, and maintain satisfied customers. Mr. Port explains in his book effective ways to target the right customers for your business, and how to attract them your way. “Book Yourself Solid” is by far one of the best sales books out there, and a definite must read for any business owner.
The Goal by Eliyah Goldratt
With this one book Mr. Goldratt has managed to break down the many complex components of operations management into a thrilling novel. “The Goal” is a gripping story with tangible and applicable lessons for anyone who runs a business. With this story, Goldratt demonstrates how to effectively identify a problem, fix it, and successfully move on to tackle the next one; a truly invaluable skill for any business owner.
As business leaders, one of the most important things that we can do is keep learning so that we can grow to become better business people and better citizens. These are just a few of the countless books out there that can have a positive impact on the way that you do business and live your life. What books have you been reading to optimize your business strategies?