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Summer business reading list 2023

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  • June 29, 2023
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Summer is a natural time of slow down for many businesses, but as a business owner it’s likely that you find it challenging to slow down. If this is the case, then it’s the perfect time to swap from working in your business to working on your business.

Working on your business can take many forms. You might enroll for online classes or an in-person seminar to learn a new skill. You may set aside some time for planning for the rest of the year, and the year ahead.
But what if you could work on your business whilst also enjoying a holiday? I’m not sure it gets much better than that.
This is where a summer reading list comes in. Pick up one or more of these books in your downtime and you’re bound to learn at least a small thing to help your business along the way. Here are some top picks:

The E Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

This isn’t to be confused with books about e-businesses, the e in this book’s title means entrepreneur.
Many people, and our culture more broadly, consider that entrepreneurs are born and not made. This book helpfully tips this idea on its head and explains the ways that you can build up the skills to become an effective entrepreneur.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

This is a classic business / self-improvement book that has been around for years, but it is very helpful and worth checking out.
This book sets out a framework for the types of habits worth building to ensure you get more of the important things done in business and life.

The 100 Dollar Start-Up – Chris Guillebeau

This is an enjoyable and pretty easy read that should leave you inspired, regardless of whether you’re just starting out on your own or are a seasoned entrepreneur.
Packed full of practical examples and stories of people who have made the leap to working for themselves. The big takeaway is that you don’t need a load of cash to test an idea and see if it has legs.
Take action, get started.

The Making of a Manager – Julie Zhuo

It can often be the case that people who start businesses don’t actually have all that much experience managing people, or managing as many people as they find themselves doing.
If you’re new to management or need a refresher then this is a great read on building raport with your team, specific things to focus on and how to shoulder more responsibility in your role.
This might not be a standard read for the small business owner, but it is a necessary one.
The books we’ve shared in this list have a broad general business focus. If one of the issues you’re facing with your business is IT, Webby Tech is here to help. See our range of services here, or contact us for a no-obligations conversation.