Best book for running a small business
January 27, 2011 1:15 PM Subscribe
Please recommend a “how to run a small business” book, but how to think about it (not the technical aspects).
posted by Wolfster to Work & Money (8 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I’m a freelance writer, and over the last few years what I really struggled with was how to think (psychological?) about aspects of a business. For example, the idea that if I wanted to be paid X, turn it away unless they agreed to X (or that it was not out of the question to ask for a certain price per hour). Or if a client was happy with my work, it was okay to then check in with them every few months. I know these concepts sound basic but they really did not occur to me at all, and I’ve only arrived at these conclusions from friends letting me know different ways that I can think about the problems in front of me (over and over and over again before I implement the ideas), which I never would have confronted as an employee. I’m looking for more books because I’ve reached close to the limits of how much friends who work in cubes can really help in terms of thinking about running a business.
Occasionally a book is able to present new ways to think about running a business. The E-myth came pretty close, but I’d like more suggestions. Most of the “how to run a small business” books (IMO) have been vehicles for the author to peddle him or herself on a platform rather than present ways to think about it.
IF perspective as to where I am right now helps. I’m doing well. Too well. I’m working round the clock and onwards into the evening and on weekends and needed to turn away work a few times. To be honest, at minimum I need to hire someone, but I am afraid of things like cost, what if they don’t perform work to the same level, blah blah blah. Maybe a “how to expand your business,” but I’m open to suggestions. Please let me know in a few sentences why you are recommending a particular book if possible.
Or if you have other ways as to how to think about the next stage of a business, too, that would also help. Other than books, though, I don’t know where else to look