My Favorite Business Books: My Top 3 Picks

I got a text from my sister yesterday. She asked if I’ve read any good books lately. That’s like asking, “Are Doritos the loveliest of the loveliest chips on earth?” The answer is, obviously, YES.

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So many books, so little time. It’s the story of my life. Thank goodness for the library. The library is one of my top 2, non-home favorite places on earth. The airport is the other. (The people watching.)

Anyway, in response to my sister’s question, naturally, I consulted my Kindle library as well as the “Previously Checked Out” list on our library’s website to see what I’ve read recently.

There were a lot of business books on my list. I read a ton of business books. I’m not so good at implementing them, but hey, I know a whole lot. I’m getting sidetracked.

Like no time in history

We are living in an unprecedented time, there is no doubt about that.

When it comes to business, the internet has lowered the barrier to entry, leveled the playing field, made entrepreneurialism easily accessible to just about anyone and has almost completely reduced the need for overhead and risk.

That is huge.

If someone with zero computer background or business experience can grow her own business and make significantly more income than she’s ever made in her life (that’s me), anyone can.

You just have to think differently. These are the books that helped me do just that.

My top picks

1. Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson. This is my favorite book about business in the internet age. It gave words to what I was observing and dabbling in already and I think it does a great job of explaining the paradigm shift needed in order to be successful.

2. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. This is another book that made things make a whole lotta sense. I am so unlike Tim Ferriss in so many ways, but I really appreciate his completely out-of-the-box thinking. This book was mind-blowing for me.

3. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. This book put practical wheels on my “business plan” although I hesitate to use that word because it sounds so MBA-ish and I am so not MBA-ish. (I started out as a business major in college and lasted all of one semester. Barely. It was way over my head. Those people are smart.) I’m FBSMP-ish and WI-ish. That stands for Fly By the Seat of My Pants and Wing It.

Honorable mentions

It’s hard to limit my list to three. So, here are more books that have helped me:

How I read

I rarely read physical books. I prefer digital books because my highlights and notes are saved and accessible, I can carry my entire library with me and reading on my phone at night (I use the Kindle App) is a lot less hassle than having to sit up, have the light on then turn it off when I’m done.

Where I get books (mostly free)

I don’t buy a lot of books. I prefer free whenever possible.

Library. I don’t know who invented checking out library books in ebook or audiobook format, but I will be forever grateful. I use the Libby app (iOS; Android version is here) with my local library. See if your U.S. library has this service here.

Free Kindle books. Here’s a list of Kindle Bestsellers. (Just make sure the Free tab is selected at the top of the page and the prices are $0.) Don’t miss free & cheap reads either. And if you have an Amazon Prime account you can choose one about-to-be-released book each month through Amazon First Reads.

Kindle Store. Of course I occasionally buy books from the Kindle store as well.

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7 thoughts on “My Favorite Business Books: My Top 3 Picks”

  1. Thanks for sharing this with your readers! I think I have a TBR list that will last me the summer 🙂 I would like to recommend a book I read recently called “Conversations That Sell” by Nancy Bleeke (http://www.conversationsthatsell.com). In today’s business world, clients and buyers are much more savvy than they once were and thus, we as the professionals who sell to the clients, need to adjust or strategies in order to accommodate that fact. The most important focus being “What’s in it for Them” (the buyer) from open to close. This book lays out an effective roadmap to follow in today’s go go world of sales. Highlighting things such as recognizing different types of buyers, tailoring your conversation on a per buyer basis, proper preparation for the sale, identifying the buyers needs and keeping the conversations focused on where the buyer wants them to be. It was an easy follow read, and I know feel much more confident and excited for my next sales meeting!

  2. Thanks for the great list of business books. I especially love “The 4 Hour Work Week”. After reading this book, I totally revamped the way I run my business.

  3. I’m really surprised to see so many people put 4-Hour Work Week at the top of their lists. It was a very interesting and inspiring read, but I would have guessed a classic like 7 habits would be up there. My personal favorite and one of the best books I’ve read so far this year: The Power of Habit. It’s one of those that’s not necessarily a business book, but is totally a business book. 🙂

  4. This is a great list. I just purchased The 4-hour Work Week on Audible. I’m going to look into the other books you’ve listed. BTW, I love your Useletter!

  5. Wow this is really eye opening. I didn’t know that the 4 hour work week is way ahead of think and grow rich! The e-myth is also a very nice book too, I think anyone who is into business should read it.

  6. Hi Amy! Thanks so much for posting these up. You’ve really bumped up my reading list this month. If I could make a recommendation of my own I would suggest One Dot, Two Dots, Get Some New Dots from David Silverstein.
    It’s a great read for learning problem solving techniques and full of useful examples. One of the better business books I have read in quite some time for sure. http://www.davesdots.com/

  7. Hey Amy! One of my goals is to read more, both for business and pleasure.
    Do you read everyday? Do you make it a priority to read?
    I love reading, but I feel like it’s put on the back burner when I have so many client tasks to complete.

    Thanks for sharing this list! I’ve added them all to my ever growing Books wishlist.

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