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Best Business Books for Small Businesses and Freelancers

Written by on April 20, 2012

There are thousands of new business books being published every year. However, it is getting increasingly hard to separate the really useful ones from the useless ones.

We created a list of some very good, innovative and mind-changing business books which are in different business-related categories, such as: personal development, business studies, productivity, marketing and customer service.

Rework is a wonderful and impactful business book.
Rework is a wonderful and impactful business book. Image source.

Rework (Buy at Amazon)
Authors: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Category: Business book which covers subjects relating to starting up a new venture, finding investment, bootstrapping, marketing, customer satisfaction, minimum-viable-prototype/product and business plan writing. One major advice includes that “planning is guessing”, meaning that a new business should not spend too much time on financials and business plan writing as plans change all the time, especially in the start up phase.

Godin's Permission Marketing is yet another successful release from this genius
Godin’s Permission Marketing is yet another successful release from this genius. Image source

Permission Marketing : Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers (Buy at Amazon)
Author: Seth Godin

Category: Must-read book for marketing and advertisement. Amazon calls Seth Godin “one of the world’s foremost online promoters”.

David Allen's impressive book Getting Things Done will motivate you in your work
David Allen’s impressive book Getting Things Done will motivate you in your work. Image source

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Buy at Amazon)
Author: David Allen

Category: Must-read book on productivity and time management. #1 on Amazons best selling time management book list. David Allen is seen as the world’s leading expert on productivity.

Tribes is another powerful business book from the master Godin
Tribes is another powerful business book from the master Godin. Image source

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us (Buy at Amazon)
Author: Seth Godin

Category: Seth Godin’s take on leading people and being a Leader. The Financial Times said about the book: “Godin’s simple manifesto for success and happiness is inspiring”.

The End of Business as Usual is one of the most powerful business books
The End of Business as Usual is one of the most powerful business books. Image source

The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (Buy at Amazon)
Author: Brian Solis

Category: Business book which explores the new and changing complexity of the consumer revolution. Brian Solis is a globally known digital analyst, futurist and new media expert.

The Zappos Experience covers one of the great businesses in our time
The Zappos Experience covers one of the great businesses in our time. Image source

The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire, Engage, and WOW (Buy at Amazon)
Author: Joseph Michelli

Category: Marketing / Customer satisfaction. Zappos is probably the best known shoe-selling website in the world and probably one of the best known e-commerce brands, too.  The book explores what Zappos did to become a market leader and how they satisfied their consumers by “going the extra mile”.

One of the best business books is Who Moved My Cheese?
One of the best business books is Who Moved My Cheese? Image source.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (Buy at Amazon)
Authors: Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

Category: Personal development. It is a must-read book for personal development and how to deal with change and adapt to it even though it might be uncomfortable. The 96 pages can be read in less than two hours. Time well spent.

Which of these amazing books have you read? Let us know in the comments below!

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