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5 books every small business owner and entrepreneur needs

As children, we were always told to read. Some of us took that and ran with it, others less so. But one thing is certain, that as entrepreneurs and business owners we should always be keeping an eye out for books that will inspire and motivate as well help us improve our business lives. Here is a list of our top 5 books that every small business owner and entrepreneur should read, based on what the team here at NS Events have read, coupled with recommendations and reviews. 

 “The Hard Thing about Hard Things” (written by Ben Horowitz) 

Ben Horowitz's The Hard Thing about Hard Things, draws on his experiences of founding, running, and investing in technology companies. The book is as personal as it is educational, offering hard advice and practical tips on issues that business owners and entrepreneurs often face; from firing unwanted members of staff and selling up, to attracting and retaining talent and how to create a clear vision for your business. 
Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 

“Speak and Get Results” (written by Sandy Linver) 
This fantastic book, written by Sandy Linver, is all about helping you get the results you want. The formulas and systems that the book talks about and explains, are easily extractable and can be used to template how you will approach that next big sales meeting or client consultation, so you can get the results for your company. This book if extremely useful, specially to those who perhaps aren’t quite ‘natural’ communicators.
Goodreads Rating: 3.6/5

“Crush It!” (written by Gary Vaynerchuk) 
Author Gary Vaynerchuk (a hugely successful entrepreneur) is known for many reasons, but you probably know him as a LinkedIn Influencer. His book Crush It! is about getting you as a budding entrepreneur, to realise now is the time to “cash in on your passion”. Its written in a way to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs to go out there and turn their dreams into reality. I mean, why wait? It also emphasises the fact that people buy from people, not companies, and thus it reminds businesses to ensure their brand is personal and covers how to get started with social media.
Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5

Virtual Freedom (written by Chris Ducker) 
This books underlying message is that small business owners don’t have to do everything themselves when trying to succeed. It explains, thoroughly, how you can delegate tasks affordably, especially through the use of all things ‘virtual’. Ducker delves deep into possible solutions, telling you how to better communicate, problems people often run into when outsourcing tasks, how to find assistants, what to pay them, etc. this book is a valuable resource for those who have hired a virtual assistant and those who simply just run a business with a one or two employees. Definitely worth the read!
Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5 

The 4-Hour Workweek (written by Timothy Ferriss)
This number one New York Times Bestseller teaches you to 10x your productivity, so you can get on with the rest of your life outside of work. As a small business owner you’ll know how it never feels like there’s enough hours in the day, especially when you try and fit in kids, self-care and hobbies. A life of free time, travel and enjoyment whilst still successfully running your business sounds like a far fetched dream – but have a read, you might be surprised! 
Goodreads Rating: 3.9/5

So what are you waiting for? With most books available as audiobooks, why not listen on your commute and make it a productive part of your day? Or cosy up for some bedtime reading. Either way, let’s get cracking!

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