Our recommended list of business books (and BizNotes) for small business owners. You can find numerous "top business books" lists, and those are great, but this is not necessarily one of them. The books listed here are ones we have actually read and believe are an essential part of any business owner's library.

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Starting & Running Your Business:

The E-Myth
Michael E. Gerber

Customers For Life
Carl Sewell

Geoff Smart & Randy Street

Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck
Anthony Tjan, Richard Harrington, Tsun-Yan Hsieh

The Small Business Bible
Steven D. Strauss

The Lean Startup
Eric Ries

The Art of the Start 2.0
Guy Kawasaki

Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing
George Cloutier

Delivering Happiness
Tony Hsieh

Start With Why
Simon Sinek

Marketing & Branding:

Guerilla Marketing Remix
Jay Conrad Levinson

Free Prize Inside
Seth Godin

Made to Stick
Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Why Johnny Can't Brand
Bill Schley

Little Red Book of Selling
Jeffrey Gitomer

The Tipping Point
Malcom Gladwell

Ogilvy On Advertising
David Ogilvy

William Poundstone

Don't Make Me Think
(Website Design)
Steve Krug

Purple Cow
Seth Godin

Sally Hogshead


Steal Like An Artist
Austin Kleon

The War of Art
Steven Pressfield

Leadership & Personal Development

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey

The Art of War
Sun Tzu
(James Clavell)

The Art of Work
Jeff Goins

The Power of Habit
*Charles Duhigg

Strength Finders 2.0
Tom Rath

Getting Things Done
David Allen

Other Related Topics

Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

The Slight Edge
Jeff Olson