I would like to take this opportunity to recommend a few books to you. There are so many business books on the market that it can be difficult for any business owner to know exactly where to begin. I don’t want to give such a long a list that might add to the confusion, so I have restricted myself to just a few of the more relevant ones that are both easy to read and yet provide useful information.
Many of the books on business development have been written and published in America and some might feel that what they say is not relevant for the British culture. However, I believe that most of the principles outlined in these books can be just as profitably applied to businesses in UK as well.
I hope that you enjoy them, and please let me know if you would like further recommendations or advice on any particular topic.
This is my own work and is available as a FREE e-book from BookBoon.com
Do you know what really motivates you? More importantly, do you know how to motivate others?
In the first half of the book I have condensed the complex world of personal motivation into a straightforward model that clarifies exactly what motivates and de-motivates people in a way that I hope is easy to follow and understand.
The second half describes how to use this information in very practical ways in order, not only to increase your own motivation but also, to develop a highly motivated team behind you. Download Now »
In this book Michel Gerber explains the problems of setting up and running a business and explains why so many small businesses don’t work. He takes you through, in clear format, the steps you need to take to move from being what he calls ‘a technician’ to becoming a successful entrepreneur. He also draws the vital distinction between working in your business and working on your business. Reading this will provide all the groundwork for generating a thriving business that really works for you. Buy Now »
Jay Conrad Levinson has written a whole series of books on marketing for small businesses. This excellent and easy to read small book sets out a hundred ways to market yourself effectively and, most importantly, for free. It is a great introduction to the whole Guerrilla Marketing system and will trigger your imagination to find dozens of effective methods for increasing your customer base. Buy Now »
Marketing for small businesses can often be an uncertain activity. This is a very accessible guide to making the most of your marketing efforts from one of the US’s best known marketing experts. His creative thinking and innovative ideas will help any business owner develop a successful marketing plan which can be easily implemented at minimum cost. Buy Now »
World renowned Stephen Covey sets out this essential guide to what separates the truly successful people from the rest. He sums these up in 7 key attitudes, or habits, and explains each in detail so that the principles can be easily adopted by anyone who wishes to develop themselves and reach the top. Buy Now »
Building a well-motivated and effective team is so important in today’s marketplace. This is a clear guide on how to build, inspire and manage a great team. It covers all the important areas of teamwork and is based upon solid research and understanding of what makes teams work well. Buy Now »
There is so much written about managing people and few business owners will have the time to wade through it all. The ‘One Minute’ series is a collection of short books that set out their topics clearly and simply. This is probably the best known of the set, and guides you through the essential elements of good people management in a way that will enable you to get started immediately. Buy Now »
There is an old saying; “Be careful what you wish for – you might get it!” If you really want to achieve something, then firstly you need complete clarity about what you want and why you want it. But then you need to back this up with clear focus on how to achieve it. This book sets out how to develop your ability to focus and implement the best strategies to become truly successful. Buy Now »