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Reading business books is a powerful and inexpensive way to improve your business knowledge; you can tap into the expertise of professionals worldwide as they share their knowledge on everything from motivation, finance, marketing, people and operations.

Those that regularly read and implement the lessons learnt from business books are far more likely to succeed than those cutting this vital tool from their educational diet.

Whether you consume books the old-fashioned way, on an e-reader or audiobook, regular reading will open you up to new ideas, inspire you and catalyse your business’s action and growth.

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Must-Read Business Books

Thousands of business books are published each year; it can be hard to sift through and find the most interesting and transformational books for your business.

To celebrate World Book Day, we have compiled a list of our five must-read business books.

The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

In The E-Myth, Gerber explores the common myths surrounding entrepreneurship and offers practical advice on creating a successful business.

He emphasises the importance of building systems and processes that enable your business to run smoothly, even without constant supervision. The book is ideal for anyone who wants to start a business or grow an existing one.

4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss

The book is over a decade old, meaning the tools have changed, but in the post-pandemic world, it feels like Ferriss was ahead of the curve, and the world is only just catching up.

In the book, Tim Ferriss challenges conventional ideas about productivity and offers a blueprint for designing a life of freedom and adventure.

He provides tips and strategies for working smarter, not harder, and shows you how to outsource tasks and automate systems to achieve more with less effort. The book is ideal for anyone who wants to escape the 9-5 grind and live a digital nomad lifestyle.

They Ask You Answer – Marcus Sheridan

In this story-driven marketing book, Sheridan reveals his content marketing strategies for increasing online visibility and generating more leads.

He emphasises the importance of answering your customers’ questions honestly and transparently and provides a step-by-step guide to creating content that resonates with your target audience. The book is ideal for entrepreneurs and marketers who want to improve their SEO and content marketing skills.

Atomic Habits – James Clear

Success is about building the right habits to make it inevitable.

In Atomic Habits, Clear explains the science of habit formation and provides practical strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones.

He emphasizes the importance of making small, incremental changes that add to big results over time, and shows you how to create an environment that supports your goals. The book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their personal or professional habits.

Never Split The Difference – Christopher Voss

In Never Split The Difference, Voss draws on his experience as an FBI hostage negotiator to provide insights and strategies for negotiating in business and life. He emphasizes the importance of active listening, empathy, and understanding the other party’s perspective and shows you how to use tactical empathy and other techniques to get what you want. The book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their negotiation skills.