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3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

Rieva Lesonsky
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There is so much small business owners need to know to operate at peak performance. Luckily we live in the Information Age with plentiful resources. To help you sift through some of the data, every week we’re going to look at three business books and the lessons you can learn from reading them.

The Time Bandit Structured Time & Workflow Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had ($23.99)

By Edward G. Brown

Who among us has not uttered, “I have so much to do and not enough time to do it”? I must say it at least a dozen times a day. Change management expert Edward Brown maintains this plaint is due to “time bandits, people who steal your precious time, not with malice...but with crippling effect on your own pursuits.”

This book is presented as a step-by-step guide to recovering all that stolen time. Brown says you can—and should—negotiate with the time bandits and tells you how.

This is a beautifully presented book, complete with color pictures, tips and action plans. I learned a lot from reading this and I’m certain you will as well.

The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness Within Your Company ($24.95)

By Scott K. Edinger & Laurie Sain

Do you know who your best employees really are? The authors, both consultants, say it’s likely you have “hidden leaders” in your business that you’ve been overlooking.

The Hidden Leader helps you identify and cultivate these employees so you can make sure to keep them onboard. Hidden leaders, say the authors, have integrity, are authentic, focus on “achieving results rather than completing tasks” and are customer-centric.

Once you’ve identified your hidden leaders, the authors tell you how to help them step up and as they become even more valuable, they become more valued.

Start Me Up! The No-Business-Plan Business Plan ($15.99)

By Ebong Eka

In his career as a CPA and small business consultant, author Ebong Eka has seen many businesses falter and fail. Eka believes many of these failures can be prevented—and that new entrepreneurs can not only survive, but thrive as well.

If you’re a startup entrepreneur, this book provides the information you need to solidify your ideas (and discard the bad ones before you spend more time and money on them). It will help you stop wasting time, focus on what’s important, identify your best markets and so much more.

If you want to succeed, Eka says you need to know the value of the “Four S’s” (structure, strategy, systems and sales) and in this book he shows you how to implement them.

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Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at, follow her on Google+ and, and visit her website,, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.