As a small business owner, you can’t sharpen your business without first sharpening your thinking. 

But with the thousands of great business books available, it’s hard to know which ones are worth reading.

Below is a list of five great business books that will provide you with the creative ideas and practical tips to boost your performance.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point examines “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire”.

Through the three principles of epidemics – the law of the few, the stickiness factor, the power of context – Malcolm Gladwell explores how small actions mixed with the perfect circumstances can create a tipping point for a product to go viral.

This book offers plenty of lessons for small business owners.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness shares the many lessons that Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has learned during his business journey.

The book outlines how following your passions can be the ultimate gateway to a happy life for you, your partners, employees and customers.

It offers important lessons on happiness, passion, customer service, profitability, company culture, purpose – and how they all work hand in hand.

Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

The biggest lesson in Virtual Freedom is that you don’t have to do everything by yourself. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners are guilty of exercising excessive control over their businesses. You’re the boss – but you’re also the salesperson, online content creator, HR manager, operations manager and much more.

Micromanaging forces you to do more of the things other people can do and less of the things only you can do. This can be overwhelming and takes away the time that could be spent working on your business, or relaxing with friends and family.

Chris Ducker shows you how you can build teams of virtual employees, on an affordable scale, to help you run and grow your business.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

In Getting Things Done, David Allen outlines a proven system that will help you get organised and be more productive. 

Small business owners understand better than anyone how hard it can be to keep up with all their obligations. But as this book explains, with the right approach you can improve your focus and actually complete all those important tasks you want to complete – without getting burnt out in the process.

Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles

Imagine having customers who can’t help but talk about how great your company is! 

Well, in Raving Fans, the authors explain how you can create raving fans out of your customers. This book has a lot of easy-to-implement ideas, which, if embraced, will immediately improve your customer service.

The idea behind the book is that simply having satisfied customers is not enough. If you really want to achieve exceptional success in your business, you must have raving fans.

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