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My husband and I are both self-employed in two completely separate industries and that leads to all kinds of learning curves. With year-end approaching, one of our upcoming tasks is to gather our financials and send them off to our long-time accountant. Last year when we turned in our files, he looked at us and said, “I’m surprised, I didn’t think you’d make it.”

And with that vote of confidence, we proudly looked at each other and knew that the mountains of challenges we had climbed to get started were worth it. Along the way we had plenty of help, of course: friends, family, Small Business Institute Classes and business books. We read many business books of all flavors. Some books we chewed slowly due to their mandatory lessons: The Official Guide to Quickbooks by Kathy Ivens. And other books in the marketing genre we devoured quickly, dreaming of finding the magic bean: Purple Cow by Seth Godin and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

And in order to stay motivated, we also read success stories along the way: Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time by Daniel Gross. At each stage of a business, there are wonderful and helpful books that share ideas from those who are or have been in the trenches of business. Whether you need assistance with accounting practices, creative marketing ideas, efficiency standards, employee motivation or start-up financing, there is a book for you.

So if you’re thinking about starting your own business, if you already have and you’re looking for just the right competitive advantage, or you want to get ahead in your chosen career, here is the wide variety of Business Books offered by BQB and WriteLife Publishing that offer solid advice and practical experience:

Business-Front-Cover-e1368497190834Business with a Heart by Crystal Thomas – This is the story of a young woman who is rapidly climbing up the corporate ladder but treading down a complicated path of business, personal life, and spirituality. Along the way, she learns that all these segments of our lives are never far apart. Her search for a more fulfilling corporate existence is nearly stymied in the crosshairs of a demanding boss, resistant  subordinates, and her own unfortunate oversights. While written in novel format, this book is filled with guidance, choices, and ideas to help you create your own style of “business with a heart.”

 

"Showing up the play" by Bob FiaccoShowing Up To Play by Robert A. Fiacco – In work, play, and life in general, when you combine clear goals with commitment and the right attitude, you get results. Showing Up to Play is filled with motivational and inspirational thoughts, ideas, and actions to help you achieve your dreams.

Written for golfers and nongolfers alike, with assorted appeal, a touch of humor, and using golf analogies and relatable stories, this book offers the benefits of a self-help book synthesized with practical professional and personal guidance to help you excel in many areas of life.

And here are the “Rule of Thumb” series books where you’ll find exactly what you need for your specific business needs.

1 Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Communication Basics for Small Business Owners and Managers, by Marian Shalander Kaiser

Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Communication for Small Business Owners and Managers is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of identifying and adopting effective communication skills.

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Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Sales Strategy, by Jill Slupe

Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Sales Strategy is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of a winning sales strategy.

 

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Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Marketing, by David Catalan

Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Marketing is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs as well as for existing business owners who want growth and need marketing advice.

4Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Technology, by and Michael Mitilier and Melissa Turner

Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Software Technology is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of software technology.

 

5Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Sustainability for Small Business, by Beverly Ann Browning

Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Sustainability for Small Business is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of what it takes to sustain a small business.

 

6Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Basics, by Marian Shalander Kaiser and Michael Mitilier

Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Basics is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of what it takes to operate a small business.

 

7Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Customer Service, by Lisa Clonch Tschauner

Rule Of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Customer Service and Relationships is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of what it takes to create unrivaled customer service and long-lasting business relationships.

 

8Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Developing Mission, Vision, and Value Statements, by Sonia Keffer

Your company’s Vision statement is not just a grouping of words in a pretty frame that greets visitors as they enter your business. Each part of a company’s Vision, the Value, Vision, and Mission statement are powerful statements of purpose each organization, just starting out or established, need in order to secure loyal customers, committed shareholders, and the best employees possible.

 

9Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Growth, by Linda Swalling Fettig

Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Growth is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of what it takes to grow their business.

 

10Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Marketing Yourself for Success, by Rita Rocker

Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Marketing Yourself for Success is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and new small business owners who want growth and need personal marketing advice.

 

11Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Peak Performance Through People, by Todd A. Conkright

Rule of Thumb: A Small Business Guide to Peak Performance Through People is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of inspiring greatness from employees and co-workers through consistently effective leadership.

 

What is the best business advice you have ever received? Others would love to hear it as well, if you care to share in the comments below:

 

 

 

 

 

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