Our Top 10 Business Books to Help Start the New Year Right

What better time of year, with a few days off and a cosy sofa calling your name, to catch up on some reading to help boost your business in 2020? Here are our top 10 business books to get the New Year started on the right foot.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
by Charles Duhigg
£7.19 from Amazon

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg translates cutting-edge behavioural science into practical self-improvement action, distilling advanced neuroscience into fascinating narratives of transformation.

 

Why can some people and companies change overnight, and some stay stuck in their old ruts? The answer lies deep in the human brain, and The Power of Habits reveals the secret pressure points that can change a life. From Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to Martin Luther King Jr., from the CEO of Starbucks to the locker rooms of the NFL, Duhigg explores the incredible results of keystone habits, and how they can make all the difference between billions and millions, failure and success – or even life and death.

 

 
An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

 

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

Life Leverage: How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything & Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle
by Rob Moore
£9.99 from Amazon

 

Life Leverage means taking control of your life, easily balancing your work and free time, making the most money with the minimum time input & wastage, and living a happier and more successful life. Using Rob Moore’s remarkable Life Leverage model, you’ll quickly banish & outsource all your confusion, frustration and stress & live your ideal, globally mobile life, doing more of what you love on your own terms.

 

Learn how to:
– Live a life of clarity & purpose, merging your passion & profession
– Make money & make a difference, banishing work unhappiness
– Use the fast-start wealth strategies of the new tech-rich
– Maximise the time you have; don’t waste a moment by outsourcing everything
– Leverage all the things in your life that don’t make you feel alive

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

£9.97 from Amazon

 

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

 

‘Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is the master of them. Buy his book, but most importantly, use it!’
– Anthony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power.

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries

£9.60 from Amazon

 

Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable.

 

The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that’s being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

 

The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late. Now is the time to think Lean.

Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success
by Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole

£10.45 from Amazon

 

This authoritative, focused guide by two of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs – The Apprentice runner-up, Bianca Miller and serial entrepreneur, Byron Cole – is a comprehensive toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business. Featuring interviews with well known entrepreneurs, entertainers and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering practical, implementable and global advice on the start up process.

 

De-coding the jargon that is prevalent in business circles today, this book provides straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. It will help you to avoid the costly common mistakes of many who have gone before you, and create a sustainable enterprise that will flourish.

The 15 Essential Marketing Masterclasses for Your Small Business
by Dee Blick

£10.31 from Amazon

 

This straightforward, practical book cuts through the morass of marketing theory to reveal the practical steps that small businesses can take to achieve phenomenal marketing results. Presenting fifteen comprehensive masterclasses, marketing expert Dee Blick presents easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement strategies to increase sales, prevent marketing mistakes, and build the foundations of a customer-driven brand. These fifteen comprehensive masterclasses can be implemented immediately, and cover such topics as marketing plans, copywriting, social media marketing, and public relations.

Oversubscribed: How to Get People Lining Up to do Business with You
by Daniel Priestley
£7.84 from Amazon

 

Don’t fight for customers, let them fight over you! Have you ever queued for a restaurant? Pre-ordered something months in advance? Fought for tickets that sell out in a day? Had a hairdresser with a six-month waiting list? There are people who don’t chase clients, clients chase them. In a world of endless choices, why does this happen? Why do people queue up? Why do they pay more? Why will they book months in advance? Why are these people and products in such high demand? And how can you get a slice of that action? In Oversubscribed, entrepreneur and bestselling author Daniel Priestley explains why and, most importantly, how. This book is a recipe for ensuring demand outstrips supply for your product or service, and you have scores of customers lining up to give you money.

Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever
by Jason Fried

£9.35 from Amazon

 

From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book – one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple.

That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space – you don’t need them.

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
£6.79 from Amazon

 

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.

His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to:
– make friends quickly and easily
– increase your popularity
– persuade people to follow your way of thinking
– enable you to win new clients and customers
– become a better speaker
– boost enthusiasm among your colleagues

This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.

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