No doubt about it, knowledge is power. But when your in the midst of small business woe’s usually the educational budget is tight. Combine this with overwhelming choice of training courses and materials and usually the decision will be “do nothing” so i thought i’d share 2 books i wish i read before starting my business.
There seems to be a real stigma around the lack of willingness to spend money on recruiting outside help in small business. This absolutely BLOWS MY MIND! If your business is suffering you need to borrow, beg or steal to employ the necessary help to make the positive change.
Sometimes pride stands in your way and i get it. There’s nothing bigger than the fear of being “caught out” at failing. But take it from me, swallowing this pride is a must if you want to survive.
So for those of you on a budget and overwhelmed here it is:
2 Books I Wish I Read Before Starting My Business
- E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work And What To Do ABout It; This is one of the top 5 selling books of all time and has been around forever, i swear i have bought a hundred copies becuase i keep giving them away. An easy read that really makes running a business seem so basic (and it can be if you follow the basic principles in the book) & perhaps re-inforces what we already know within ourselves to be true but sometimes we might not want to hear it.
The Entrepreneurial Myth: 1: The myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs. 2: The fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work.
2. Happy Hour Is 9 – 5 by Alexander Kjerulf; I LOVE this book and have encouraged my whole team to read it. It’s like the idiots guide to enjoying your job (and if your not enjoying it maybe leave?). A quick easy read with plenty of aha moments thats gives great motivation without coming off too corny and “life coachy”. A total MUST read just for anyone even if you don’t own a business.