7 More Books for Small Business Owners

SIGN.COM began a blog series about books to help small business owners in their entrepreneurial endeavors.  We gave overviews of five books, which you can check out here.

In this blog, we continue our overviews which we hope at least one will catch your eye and help catapult your small business. Each one of these books will not be for everyone, of course, but we hope they’ll be something for everyone among them.

1. Will It Fly?: How To Know If Your New Business Idea Has Wings…Before You Take The Leap –Thomas K. McKnight.

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Will It Fly is a great resource for entrepreneurs just about to take the plunge into small business ownership. McKnight digs deep into his experience in launching more than 200 businesses, creating a guidebook for assessing and refining new business ideas. McKnight develops a system of identifying 44 key elements of success, and guides his readers towards them. After finishing this book, you should have a clearer idea of how your small business can be successful.  This is one you don’t want to miss!

2. The Barefoot Executive –Carrie Wilkerson

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Wilkerson describes her book as being “the ultimate guide for being your own boss and achieving financial freedom”.  Wilkerson uses her own experiences (life circumstances forcing her to work from home) to reveal to her readers how to “live life on their terms” and work from home, and for themselves.  Within its pages, Wilkerson tackles such questions as “your ‘why’ – the most important question.  Why do you want to work for yourself?  What type of business best suits your experience and talents?  How to stay focused on your goal and avoid distractions.  Where to find the support that will accelerate your success.  How to link your business to the right market.”  In order to answer these questions, Wilkerson provides “concrete action steps alongside insights from fellow entrepreneurs, interactive exercises, and links to Wilkerson’s online video coaching segments.”  By the time you’re done reading The Barefoot Executive, you’ll be well on your way to working for yourself on your own terms.

3. Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur -Pamela Slim

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This book is perfect for someone who yearns to own and run their own small business but can’t quite extricate themselves from the corporate world.  Slim, who is a former corporate training manager, based much of Escape from Cubicle Nation on her blog of the same name.  Within her book, she explores the practical and emotional issues entailed in leaving a corporate job, as well as the more nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts reality of launching your own small business.  This advice ranges from acquiring new clients to making sure you have the correct insurance.  This book will give you the confidence to finally leave the corporate world and boldly forge the path of the entrepreneur.

4. The $100 Startup: Reinvent The Way You Make A Living, Do What You Love, And Create A New Future  -Chris Buillebeau

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Chris Buillebeau is only in his early thirties, but he has a unique gift – that is – he can turn ideas into income.  In his book, Buillebeau “identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less) and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.  In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.”  The essence of the matter, Buillebeau explains, is to find “the intersection between your ‘expertise’ – even if you don’t consider it such – and what people will pay for.”

5. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich -Timothy Ferriss

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Timothy Ferriss went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week.  And now you can too!  Within the pages of the book,  Ferriss attempts to break down the old myths of the workweek and retirement as a “deferred-life-plan”.  This book will allow small business owners to “eliminate 50% of their workload in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist.”  Not only this, but Ferriss expounds upon what really matters: “the question you should be asking isn’t ‘What do I want?’ or ‘What are my goals?’ but ‘What would excite me?’”

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -Stephen R. Covey

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This book would be optimal for small business owners seeking insight into gaining both personal and professional effectiveness. This book serves as a guide for building these separate, but related, areas.  Covey uses stories from both business and family experiences.  Covey writes of ‘beginning with the end in mind’ – and this is valuable advice for those who wish to pursue entrepreneurial careers in areas they are passionate about.

7. Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business -Chris Ducker

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This final book on our list is invaluable for small business owners who find themselves strapped for time and wearing far too many hats. As Chris Ducker explains, “entrepreneurs often suffer from ‘superhero syndrome’ – the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves.  Not only are they the boss, but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru,” etc, etc.  In order to help you avoid the burnout associated with this ‘syndrome’, Ducker offers some helpful advice about building teams of virtual employees to aid in the running, support, and growth of your small business.  “Ducker explains every detail you need to grasp, from figuring out which jobs you should outsource to finding, hiring, training, motivating, and managing virtual assistants.”

There you have it – a list of books to help you in your quest to build and grow a small business out of your passions.  We hope that at least one of these books will end up being a great small business resource to you.  Who knows, maybe all of them will?