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  • 25 January 2021
  • Jelani Markus

Great Books for Small Business Owners in 2021

With the start of the year, many of us look for ways to refresh and begin anew. As a small business owner, this can include adding new and insightful books to your library. The following compilation includes only a sample of incredible literary resources for small business owners available. But, if you’re in search of new books written with small business owners like you in mind, this list could be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Boss Life by Paul Downs

New York Times columnist Paul Downs brings his 24 years of small business owner experience to help shape the story of his management journey. As Downs describes milestones such as his first employee, the growth of his furniture business and every hurdle in between, he carefully crafts his tale in a way that any small business owner reading this book can relate to. If you’re looking for insights on hiring, motivating and navigating difficult business decisions, give this book a look.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is a psychologist and pioneer who used her research and personal experience to conclude that persistence is the real key to outstanding achievements — a quality that can be called grit.

The secret to success versus failure is not always as simple as a question of talent. Sometimes it is more important to have “the grit” to help you push forward. This Malcom Gladwell-recommended book explores ways to identify your passions and follow through on the commitments you make.

Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is a founder and former CEO who knows a thing or two about how to succeed in the tech world. His company, Moz, makes millions a year, but their success was not achieved overnight.

In Lost and Founder, Fishkin humorously describes the real-world ups and downs that come with business — ups and downs that, while not extravagant, paint an actual picture of what you can expect on your journey as a business owner.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

This book is a classic. It’s possible you’ve already read this book, but if somehow you haven’t, 2021 is a great year to get your hands on it. Stephen Covey has developed a model that many have relied on for decades. The habits described in this book can be incredibly helpful guides that can contribute to an effective career as a small business owner.

One Million Followers by Brendan Kane

Every small business owner knows that a strong social media presence is a substantial component to success in this era. As you read through Brendan Kane’s book, you’ll gain a deeper understanding on what made this digital strategist so successful. His promise is to help you gain a diverse slew of social media followers from scratch, all in about 30 days.

What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore

If you’re looking for a spark of motivation, this book might be for you. Your hobbies, talents or passions really do have the potential to grow into a fulfilling side job or a completely new business opportunity. This book is best for those looking to pursue new endeavors, but it can be just as motivational for small business owners with years of experience behind them.

Start your 2021 off right with a set of books to read that are brimming with helpful information and a few laughs for small business owners like you.

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