Reading business-related books as a new business owner can really help assist you with some of the tools, skills and inspiration you’ll need to run your business. Whether it’s how-to guides or inspirational success stories, there is a lot of value that can be gained from reading even just a few pages in the evenings.
Over the last decade or so, thousands of fantastic business-related books have been written, and many of them are relevant to the new business owner in the UK.
Best books for new business owners
So you’re ready to start reading, but what books are worth going on your reading list” Here are some of the very best books around for brand new business owners:
Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
The title of this book is definitely a little misleading. Richard Branson, one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs and founder of the Virgin Group, details how he reached his massive success from humble beginnings, as well as tribulations and misadventures along the way. He now controls more than 400 companies and is definitely a business owner to aspire to.
While this book may not outline how to get rich quick or any specific business techniques exactly, it does provide a wealth of inspiration for the budding business owner who is experiencing challenges of their own. If you’ve ever been interested in the chaotic beginnings of Richard Branson’s career, this book is definitely for you!
Not only is this book inspirational, it is also oftentimes completely hilarious.
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is a popular productivity guru, and in his book Tools of Titans, he gives useful tips and tricks to help current or future entrepreneurs reach success through the art of productivity. The 673-page book includes over 100 interviews from massively successful people from various walks of life, and the book is split into three parts, namely Healthy, Wealthy & Wise.
The interviews provide insight into how people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Popova achieved their success. As there is someone from every walk of life, there will definitely be interviews that you can truly relate to. By taking inspiration from these greats, you can apply their productivity tips to your own life.
Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
Let’s face it…the world of marketing can be cutthroat and tough to navigate. As a new business owner, marketing is an arena in which you should have some knowledge so that you can effectively advertise your new products and services to the world.
In this book, which was first published in 1983 but is still exceptionally relevant, Levinson explains his alternative views on marketing. He believes that every single time that you or your business interacts with anyone, it is a marketing opportunity, and you should make the most of it. His creative marketing techniques will push you to get out of your comfort zone and look at marketing from a completely different perspective.
Get ahead of your competitors and generate genuine interest in your business by getting to know more about unconventional marketing techniques.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
As a new business owner, you want the best for your business…you want it to be great! But unfortunately, not all businesses are able to make the leap from good to great. Jim Collins does extensive research and what fills the gap between good and great companies and presents this research in a highly interesting manner in this book.
This book will give you practical skills and knowledge to truly elevate your business and take it to the next level. It will give you the confidence to become the owner of a great business and help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that business owners make along their journeys.
Jim Collins is a well-respected author and entrepreneur, and this book is everything that you would expect from a man of his calibre.
Impossible to Ignore by Dr. Carmen Simon
Dr. Carmen Simon is a well-respected cognitive scientist who did extensive research when it came to writing this book. According to this research, the majority of your marketing message will be completely lost on your target audience. This is because of information overload in the intensely fast-paced world that we live in.
In this book, Dr. Simon outlines ways in which you can ensure that your brand’s message hits home and really packs a punch while truly connecting with your target audience, making your brand impossible to ignore! In this day and age, consumers are bombarded with marketing material all day long, and if you want your brand to stand out from the sea of competitors, you’re going to have to be memorable!
Learn practical tips and tricks that will help your business stay ahead of the crowd from the very beginning of your marketing journey.
High Output Management by Andrew Grove
High Output Management was written in 1995 and is still seen somewhat as a bible for managers to this day! Andrew Grove gives tips, tricks and advice to new managers to ensure that they delegate correctly, manage their stress, maintain professional relationships and prioritise tasks correctly. Effective time management is another big topic of this book.
While, as a new business owner, you may not technically be a manager, you are more than likely going to take on some managerial roles, and you’ll be managing your staff as a whole. This can be a very intimidating role to step into if you’ve never done anything like it before.
This book should definitely be high on your recommended reads list if you want to gain some confidence and direction before stepping into any sort of managerial position.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Renowned author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell met much success with his book The Tipping Point. In this book, each chapter is dedicated to a surprising success story where an idea, product, trend or service managed to gain incredible levels of popularity and success. Gladwell inspects how innovation, creativity, and sometimes just sheer luck aids in the success of these ideas, and he analyses how you could perhaps get your ideas to go above and beyond the tipping point.
The Tipping Point has been met with much praise and is just as entertaining as interesting and inspirational. While not every chapter is particularly business-related, you’ll definitely be inspired by the ‘magic factor’ that each story has that helps its idea reach international popularity. Gladwell is a gifted storyteller, and The Tipping Point is a must-read!
The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
Many entrepreneurs are praised for their creativity, but what happens if you don’t know how to harness this creativity effectively” Or perhaps you don’t consider yourself naturally creative The Creative Habit teaches you to harness your innate creative power and use it to your business and life advantage. Twyla Tharp outlines ways in which you can help stimulate creativity.
Twyla Tharp is a very well-known and respected creative in her own right, being one of the most famous contemporary dancers and choreographers. She is also a gifted writer, and the book flows in such a way that you battle to put it down once you start it.
Full of insider information, and wise words of encouragement for new business owners, this book is definitely worth being on this list!
The Effective Executive by Peter F, Drucker
Getting things done as effectively as possible is a goal for every modern executive. This book by Peter F. Drucker was written in 1967 and is looked at as a classic read for all aspiring business owners and executives. Despite it being written a few decades ago, there are still many nuggets of wisdom that can be used today by all executives.
There are major focuses on time management as well as delegation and how important it is to give the right jobs to the right people. Learn from the best of the best by picking up a copy of The Effective Executive and challenge yourself to become more effective and efficient in the work you do.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Written in 500BC, The Art of War is considered a masterpiece and has made its way onto many ‘must-read’ lists over the years. The book is made up of 13 small chapters that are based on innovative military strategies and how to defeat your opposition. Surprisingly, these techniques can easily be carried out in business, which is why this book has become so popular among business owners.
Sun Tzu teaches us how to keep our plans a secret from our enemies and the importance of building up a trustworthy team and treating them well to stick around for years to come and be loyal to your leadership no matter what.
The Art of War is a true classic and something that everyone should get under their literary belt.