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Best Small Business Books of 2012 - Part 2

Author: Imagination Date: January 10, 2013

In part 1, we shared the best business books from the start of 2012. Based on our own research and recommendations from other small business owners and experts, here’s the part 2 roundup of more must-reads on running a small business.

1) The Lemonade StandThe Lemonade Stand by Ara Bagdasarian and Nick Gustavsson

Ara Bagdasarian and Nick Gustavsson

When life gives you lemons, entrepreneurs simply figure out how to make profitable lemonade. This Small Business Trends’ 2012 Small Business Book Award winner introduces 13 guiding principles to help readers turn challenges into fruitful enterprises.


 

It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that will Transform Your Small Business2) It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that will Transform Your Small Business

JJ Ramberg with Lisa Everson and Frank Silverstein

Author JJ Ramberg — host of MSNBC’s “Your Business” — offers 183 practical tips to help business owners improve their systems and bottom line. Between the covers of this Wall Street Journal bestseller, small business owners will find actionable advice on human resources, finance, public relations, relationship building, sales and more.
 

IFor Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families3) For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Growing a fledgling business can take a toll on family life, but healthy work-life balance is possible. Selected among Entrepreneur magazine’s best business books for 2012, Meg Cadoux Hirshberg’s guide helps entrepreneurs manage time for both business and family, with examples from her own experiences as the wife of the Stonyfield Yogurt founder.

RELATED: 5 Ways to Increase Family Harmony at Work

4) The Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small BusinessThe Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small Business

Monica Mehta

Finance expert Monica Mehta shares the stories of successful self-made entrepreneurs — including founders of CLIF Bar, Dogfish Head Beer, KIPP Charter School and J Brand Jeans — as she explores the habits, psychology and philosophy that put these empire-builders on top.

 

5) Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of AllPower Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All

Bernard T. Ferrari

Listening — an often-overlooked business skill — ranks among the best tools a business owner can use to gain clarity, become more efficient and make better decisions. Bernard Ferrari’s hardback sharpens readers’ ears and minds to help them solve problems.

 

6) Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great LeaderDo Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader

J. Keith Murnighan

The greatest leaders aren’t always the hardest workers; they’re the best facilitators, coordinators, and visionaries who prepare their team to successfully carry out business details and overcome challenges. J. Keith Murnighan’s book helps managers stop micro-managing and start empowering their employees.

 

7) Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy WorldPlatform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Michael Hyatt

Small business owners who’ve tried social media outlets link to but haven’t seen results will find strategies, formulas and practical tips to build a successful social media platform.

RELATED: Best Small Business Books Published in 2012 - Part 1

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