The Five Best Business Books to Read This Summer

Kirsty Young Advice and Tips

As business accountants we are passionate about ongoing education. Luckily, we live in a world where we have easy access to information. The challenge is figuring out what to read – and learn!

For this blog, we asked Dan Heelan, our Business Services Director to give us his top 5 business books.


The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Michael E. Gerber

This is an all-time classic on understanding what a business should really feel like. It spends a lot of time talking about systemising the business, holding the likes of McDonalds as the shining example of systems done well.

This is essential reading for all business owners, particularly in those early days. Hopefully by reading it, you can gain some direction on what the business should feel like, and avoid some of the common pitfalls.

You can buy this book on Amazon.


The Revenue Growth Habit: The Simple Art of Growing Your Business by 15% in 15 Minutes Per Day

Alex Goldfayn

This book is one of the most practical marketing books out there, particularly for very small businesses.

Author Alex Goldfayn boasts that you can grow your business in 15 minutes a day. What’s great about it is how practically applicable the book is, offering a wide range of choices of activity.

For example, if you dislike calling people, there are plenty of activities involving writing. So there are practical ideas for every owner on growing their business, whatever their marketplace.

You can buy this book on Amazon.


If You’re Not First, You’re Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition

Grant Cardone

This one maybe one of the more controversial picks on the list because the author can be a little ‘chalk and cheese’ – some people love him, others are not a fan.

However, Grant Cardone’s book is a treasure trove of sales and marketing tips and inspiration that any business owner could learn from.

It’s particularly worth a re-read during tough times, or more challenging economic and market conditions, as it has ideas on dealing with these.

You can’t help but take some ideas and inspiration from this book on growing your sales.

You can buy this book on Amazon.


24 Assets: Create a digital, scalable, valuable and fun business that will thrive in a fast changing world

Daniel Priestley

This book is one of the newer titles on this list. Author Daniel Priestley focus is on what he believes to be the key 24 assets your business needs to become a valuable, scalable business. The assets are everything from video to business valuations to systems to websites and so on.

With a modern take on these digital assets, Priestley has written a great and thought-provoking book. He shows what you might choose to concentrate on long-term when it comes to committing time, effort and money in your business. He also gives his opinion on the opportunity and success that may be possible if a business has a clear strategy towards improving the value of its assets.

Hopefully you can take some inspiration around what assets you’d like to concentrate on building in your business.

You can buy this book on Amazon.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni

As your business grows you will inevitably need a team. This is one of the hardest things to get right, and this book really drives home the challenges and importance of creating a good culture.

The book is told as a story, involving a new female CEO taking over a tech company. Her story is relatable and full of ideas and insight around building a team.

It’s hard to read this book and not feel like you recognise some of the characters in either your own business, or another you’ve worked in!

A must-read for owners looking to build a team.

You can buy this book on Amazon.


The Missing 6th Book

You may have noticed that we’ve listed books focusing on some of the key area of business…

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • HR

… but oddly, for a blog written by an accountancy firm, no book on finance! This is because currently we’ve not read one that has wowed us enough to make the list.

Who knows, maybe we will write one….


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