As a small business over, you must wear many different hats and have a wide range of knowledge. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there to help you acquire all of the know-how you need in order to run your business successfully. Here are five great management books for small business owners:
Small Business Management: Launching and Growing Entrepreneurial Ventures by Justin G. Longenecker et al. As the title suggests, this comprehensive text guides you through all of the practical aspects of running a small business, from startup to expansion. Keep this in your library for a handy go-to when you need some tactical guidance.
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky. As a small business owner, you probably have a lot of great ideas for how to grow your business; however, what may not be so obvious is the path you should take to bring those ideas to fruition. This text can guide you through the process and help you turn ideas into realities.
Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization by Daniel Patrick Forrester. This text teaches you how to take a time out in pressing business situations so that you can think things through logically and come back to the table with the best possible solution. Forrester uses real world case studies to guide you through the process of reflective thinking–a process that can be of great value to you, the small business owner.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Great management starts with you–how you manage yourself, that is. Your personal habits will inevitably trickle into your business management and you should therefore make sure you’re operating with the right habits. This book will show you what that means.
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh. Where is the best place to turn to for advice on creating business success? Well, a successful business owner, of course! Hsieh is the founder and CEO of the hugely successful online retail store Zappos, and in this book, he walks you through his own experience and shares his personal insights into what makes a great business work.
As you can see, there is no shortage of educational and inspirational texts out there to help you, the small business owner, succeed in your venture. The important thing is to approach the task of business management with an open mind so that you can see your success from many different angles. These books will help give you that perspective.
Not sure what to do to organize your business? Consider these books, some professional management courses, and the implementation of tools for employee scheduling from When I Work. You’ll be up and running before you know it.