Surrounding yourself with the right people can bring your business on leaps and bounds; sometimes it’s necessary to bring in the experts. We’d all love to have a one to one with the best in the business who have successfully been there and done that, but let’s face it, hiring business consultants can be a very costly exercise.
Luckily, those in the know have put pen to paper and shared their recipes to success, meaning we can pick up some helpful tips and tricks all from the comfort of our sofa. We understand any entrepreneur is short of time, which is why we’ve picked out a number of books you should add to your bookshelves immediately.
1. “The Start-Up Of You” by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
You’ve got to recognise the power of LinkedIn as an influential tool for connecting businesses, so why not learn from the Co-founder and Chairman of LinkedIn himself, Reid Hoffman. This book allows you to personally develop and recognise yourself as a valuable resource, whilst looking at your career as you would a start-up business. Applicable for individuals in any field or sector, the book is high on self-determination allowing you to have the working life you always wanted.
2. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss
A four hour working week is hard to contemplate for any entrepreneur who works every hour they are given. Any business owner will recognise that their own personal interests take a back seat when they are hot in pursuit of business success, and this book pushes forward the ideology that this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Ferriss recommends surrounding yourself with those who push you forward, not make you weaker, a thought provoking point to take away.
3. “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau has spent 100 years travelling to nearly every country in the world in research for this book- definitely nice work if you can get it! Along the way Chris met with entrepreneurs to discover how they built their businesses, and his findings are insightful. A take away from this book is that failure is overrated. Many of the unexpected entrepreneurs that Chris met on his travels experienced numerous false starts and made plenty of mistakes, yet went onto bigger and better things.
4. “Tribes” by Seth Godin
This book pushes forward the idea that everyone has an opportunity to start a movement – to bring together a tribe of like minded people who will do amazing things. A good read for those who want to lead and create with a proactive mind set, rather than those who sit back and wait for things to come to them. A thought from Seth, “leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”
5. “Built to Sell” by John Warrillow
Every company, no matter what they do needs to be able to sell to survive. This book targets individuals who want to set up profitable businesses that they can later sell, taking you through every step of the process. John illuminates all of the qualities that business buyers look for, allowing you to think about these from the start, a mistake that most businesses leave too late.
What is top of your must have reading list?