The 5 books below were selected as they add to the knowledge smaller business owners have already gained from experience and other sources of reading, provide perspectives on various strong mindsets entrepreneurs often rely on, provide a solid foundation for budding entrepreneurs about to start out, and teaches best practices for providing a professional service using IT.
Exploring Entrepreneurship: Practices and perspectives (Richard Blundel and Nigel Lockett, 2011)
From £14.99 Paperback
This academic book provides valuable insight into becoming and being an entrepreneur. From debating the character traits of successful entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurial mindset, how business owners talk about their business, to required elements for business plans, building teams, accounting, setting up processes, and raising capital. The book also includes many accounts from entrepreneurs and the lessons they have learned and obstacles they overcame.
Can’t hurt me: master your mind and defy odds (David Goggins, 2018)
From £13.37 Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle/Audible
Developing a mindset of being prepared to get the job done whatever it takes from David Goggins’ perspective. (Strong language).
ITIL Foundation Edition 4 (Axelos, 2019)
Around £45 Kindle/Paperback
This academic book is the authoritative guide for anyone with an online business, aspects thereof, or any business using technology to service customers, wishing to provide a professional, well managed service, and improve customer service. ITIL covers the strategy, design, operation and improvement of an IT service that can strengthen customer relationships, make decision-making easier from implementing measurements, and selecting providers more effectively.
Good strategy, bad strategy (Richard Rumelt, 2012)
From £3.87 Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle/Audible/MP3 CD
This book clarifies clarifies what a strategy is and the benefits to business for any entrepreneur wishing to build and grow a strong business. Strategy is a word that is used often and freely today, often misunderstood, applied incorrectly or poorly. Richard Rumelt clears up the misinformation and misunderstandings about what a strategy is, why it is so important to have a strong one, and how to separate the good strategies from the bad.
Rich dad poor dad (Robert Kiyosaki, 2011)
From £8.21 Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle/Audible/MP3 CD
Developing a business mindset about money. If spending money is not going to make more money, don’t spend it.
Technology Officers On Demand (TOOD) help start-ups and smaller businesses adapt, compete and thrive in today’s uncertain, volatile, technology-and-service driven business environments by designing strong strategies with easy to follow action and implementation plans.
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