Being a small business owner means there are not enough hours in the day for you to accomplish everything you want to do. If you started a new small business, your time is one of your most precious resources. It would be a mistake to skimp on your learning opportunities, however. Read everything you can about leadership for small business owners in your spare time, and be sure not to miss these titles.
The 24-Hour Customer, by Adrian Ott. Customers are everywhere, and this book will help you consider new ways for small business owners to reach potential clients. With people shopping and buying around the clock, opportunities for reaching them and getting attention for your product or service are more available than ever.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. This classic book is on the reading list of every successful small business owner. Read this book for advice on how to get what you want from people, whether they are employees, investors, customers, or the general public
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. This is another classic for small business entrepreneurs, and worth a read or even a re-read. If you are a small business owner just starting out, or a seasoned small business success story looking to take your company to the next level, this book will give you ideas for how to succeed in business and in life.
Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath. This book will demonstrate how easy it is to change behaviors, just by showing instead of telling. You will be entertained by the stories of extreme turnaround in this book, and your small business can benefit from the lessons here.
Keep up on titles that are specific for small business industries relevant to your field as well. You do not want to be the small business that is one step behind everyone else. Read up on networking, marketing, and leadership, and do not forget to keep up with your favorite blogs for small business.