There are thousands of great business books out there that can help you start a business, set and achieve goals, promote your business, manage your finances, and so much more. In fact, there are so many business books on the shelves that it can be overwhelming to determine which are worth reading.
Here is a list of 10 inspiring and actionable business books that provide you, or the small business owner on your gift list, with advice, insight, tips, and resources for a boost to business success.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, & Others Don't by Jim Collins
Can good companies, mediocre companies, or even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? That is the question Jim Collins answers in this book. He shares his extensive research that reveals what it is that makes top companies tick.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
In this book, author Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—rests with the human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. It's a great book for getting realigned with your priorities in business and in life.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
If you are exploring personal change and are interested in a holistic approach to solving personal and professional problems, this book should make it on your list. In the book, Stephen Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Good relationships are the foundation of a successful business, and that's what makes this book a great read for small business owners. You'll learn techniques for enhancing both professional and personal relationships while increasing your self-esteem.
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
In this book, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. It's an interesting, relevant, and inspiring book for all entrepreneurs.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This book is based on more than forty interviews conducted with legendary entrepreneur Steve Jobs over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. There are lessons to be learned on every page.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
Small business owners know better than anyone how hard it can be to find and maintain high levels of productivity. In this book, David Allen shares the secret to increasing productivity: being able to relax. And he outlines a system that will help you achieve it.