I was having a recent twitchat with some of my fellow biz friends and mentioned that I had a few book suggestions. I figured it would be easier to just write up a blog post about it, so here we go.
These are the books that have really grabbed me in one way or another:
The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon & Emira Mears – I just did a Skype interview with these two the other day. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the book and I have to say, I love it. They’ve got a lot of info about things we should consider about our business before getting started. They cover all the bases from your business plan, who your clients/customers are and how to reach them, networking, marketing, you name it. Good stuff and easy to read; just like chatting with friends. I’ll post the link to my interview once I edit it.
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber – This book came highly recommended by damn near everyone at SXSW the year I went. I actually drove out that night and picked it up. Heck, even with our partying and the conference, I think I finished it that weekend. Easy read and tons of good information about why many small businesses fail or just become overwhelming.
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within by Michael Gerber – I’m currently reading this one. I was part of a teleconference where Michael was talking about this new book and venture and it was very powerful. I’ve been dying to read it, but I keep telling myself that I’ll get more from it reading it straight through instead of bit by bit so I keep putting it off.
The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking by Diana K. Danielson – I stumbled upon this book somehow and thought it sounded like a fun topic. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually learned from it. It’s a super easy read, great to toss in the purse on the way to waiting somewhere. I really think you’ll learn a tip or too.
Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes and Stay Out of Trouble by Bernard B. Kamoroff – This book was recommended to Lauren & Emira through the genius behind Sublime Stitching, Jenny Hart (heard her speak at SXSW in ’07 and I was blown away by what she and the other biz ladies had to say about being the boss and growing your business your way – here’s a link from that Boss Lady panel discussion). It’s rumored to be one helluva handbook and really touches upon the “what now” sort of issues around growth.
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen – This book also came highly recommended (and I’ve yet to read it) from a business workshop I went to a month or so ago. Our “expert” took the time to bring it with him to show us so that we’d all take the time to read it. I hear there are some fascinating stories from many startups.
I’m also interested in checking out Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs by Kaira Sturdivant Rouda. She’s got a real estate background and that’s certainly not me, but it still sounds interesting and useful when it comes to working on that branding thing.
I’ve also started poking around some twitter folks profiles and have found some interesting women in biz blogs and communities that I thought I’d share with y’all. Enjoy.
Divapreneur – this is a Ning community of women in business. First and foremost, what a fun name! They seem to have some fun women signed up and some interesting sub-communities. Might just be worth checking out.
Her Big Idea – these gals also have a podcast that might be worth checking out.
Ms. Biz – I had a lot of hope for this site, but I can’t exactly get past the cartoonish banner. It also seems very momprenuer friendly and they do have a blogroll if you want to find other biz bloggers (or twittergals)
Woman Tribune – this site seems more women-centric than biz women-centric, but it seems to be a pretty good community and gives me some ideas for my own community.
Women Bloggers – another blog ring sort of place where you can possibly find other women bloggers – some biz ladies, some moms, some a bit of everything mixed in.
It’s all a start and just some suggestions. Hope it helps you out as much as it’s helped me out.