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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.

Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style ($26.95)

By Carson Tate

I’d bet that finding ways to increase productivity and better manage time is at the top of many an entrepreneur’s list of New Year’s resolutions. Productivity expert Carson Tate has just released a book to help us do just that. Work Simply is a step-by-step guide showing us how to make work simple again.

Tate says most of us fit into one of four productivity styles:

  1. Arrangers, who put people first
  2. Prioritizers, who are all about achieving their goals
  3. Visualizers, who are able to comprehend the big picture
  4. Planners, who are laser-focused on the details.

Which one of these are you? Tate offers a quiz so you can figure it out and then find the productivity solutions that will work best for you.

There’s plenty of really solid advice here from what it takes to lead the perfect meeting to how to know if you’re really a messy-desk person.

102 Tweets: Social Media Update Ideas for Businesses and Nonprofits ($10)

By Tim Priebe

By now we all know the importance of engaging and staying current on social media. But sometimes we just don’t know what to say. Your Twitter feed shouldn’t be an endless stream of promotions.

This book, a very quick read, not only addresses some general Twitter best practices, but also offers tips, ideas (and examples) about what to tweet for specific situations (heading to a conference, for example) or occasions (celebrating weird holidays).

Next time you can’t think of something to tweet, grab this book, open to a random page and you’re sure to get an idea.

Moms Mean Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur ($15.99)

By Erin Baebler and Lara Galloway

My friend Laura Novak, a mom of two and owner of a small franchise chain, posted a comment on Twitter today that I think most mom entrepreneurs can relate to. She wrote, “Instead of forcing work-life balance, let’s strive for harmony.” Sounds like a great plan, but is it possible?

The authors of Moms Mean Business think it is. They believe “there is no one-size fits-all mold when it comes to moms who own businesses or want to start” them. Their book is filled with stories and advice from real-life mom entrepreneurs, as well as strategies that help you get focused, manage your priorities and solve problems. They even give rebuttals to common excuses and obstacles many of us throw in our own way.

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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.