Over the year I’ve been reading a ton. Mostly I’m picking up fiction books. After reading a handful of business / creative books, I’ve realized just how beneficial it is to get offline and actually read a book for your niche. It not only gets you away from the noise online, but it’s also a great way to get new ideas on how to run and grow your business. Because of this, I’m thrilled to have Rebecca here today sharing 5 really great books you should add to your to-read list!
It’s easy to get lost in a sea of blog posts and sometimes we forget the joy of sitting down with a good book. I’ve recently taken a step back from social media and spent time indulging in books that support my self-development in blogging and running a coaching business. Today I’m sharing the best of the bunch, for those starting out to those who make money from their creativity.
PEOPLE OVER PROFIT
YEAR: 2015 | PAGES: 198 | RATING: 5/5
People Over Profit focuses on remembering your core values and to not negotiate on those values as you produce more products and services. It encourages finding your voice and using that to help others, as well as sharing other valuable tips for building a brand that connects with its’ audience. It reminds us that we can streamline our processes but we shouldn’t compromise on quality or care. Dale demonstrates the importance of humanising over making profit in an inhumane way. Although I finished this book in a day, I took away some really key actions.
IT’S NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE, IT’S HOW GOOD YOU WANT TO BE
YEAR: 2003 | PAGES: 125 | RATING: 5/5
No matter what industry you’re in, whether you work for yourself or ‘the man’ you’re bound to feel inspired from reading this book. Whether you’re experiencing a creative block, need some motivation or want to produce stronger work; Paul keeps each tip to 1-2 pages getting straight to the point. While it’s a book you could finish in an hour, it’s one you would return to as you encounter new experiences in your journey. It’s the perfect book for anyone who needs to think outside of the box.
HOW TO BLOG FOR PROFIT (WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL)
YEAR: 2014 | PAGES: 200 | RATING: 5/5
If you’re searching for ‘the ultimate guide to blogging’, this book is it. Covering everything from starting out to how to monetise your blog, it teaches you everything you actually need to know. While it doesn’t encourage out of the box thinking, if you’re looking for something that guides you through the basics to building a strong blog, this covers it. With action plans at the end of each chapter and a really easy to follow layout, you’ll find this something you can return to when you’re ready to make the next step. If you’re in need of clarity and to step away from the computer, pick this up.
YEAR: 2005 | PAGES: 137 | RATING: 3/5
Seth encourages being remarkable, otherwise you’ll get lost in the noise. He talks about old marketing methods no longer being applicable, and how we need to find people who want to share our offerings. He adds the importance of getting niche, being clear on our target audience and evaluating. It’s a super short book that’s full of examples and is worthwhile reading if you’re ready to launch or create new products/services.
THE MIRACLE MORNING
YEAR: 2014 | PAGES: 132 | RATING: 4/5
Need to wake up feeling ready for the day ahead? Read this! This is a game changer for anyone needing to feel refreshed and more productive, by creating a routine that’s influenced but works for you.
I’m currently reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Which books would you recommend to bloggers and small business owners? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
About Rebecca Viner
Rebecca Viner helps female entrepreneurs to plan, nurture, launch and up-level their business online through digital marketing strategy and implementation.