Entrepreneurs are voracious readers. And options like audio books are making it easier than ever for them to squeeze in more time to read.
That presents a challenge for those who want to give them books for the holidays. If you choose Ray Dalio’s latest, chances are they’ll already own it.
Here are eight books that the solo entrepreneurs and other small business owners on your list may not have discovered yet. Wrap them quickly or you may find you’ve thumbed through them way too much to give them away.
Celebrity CEO by Ramon Ray
When organizers of small-business events are looking for a high-energy speaker to get everyone pumped up, they call Ramon Ray. Ray, a veteran tech consultant and founder of Smart Hustle magazine, shares what he’s learned on the front lines of building a personal brand in this quick but idea-packed airplane read.
Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas
I discovered Denise Duffield-Thomas on an internet radio show and got hooked on her funny, “who says business needs to be boring” take on business. In Get Rich Lucky B——!, she tackled the money blocks that hold so many entrepreneurs back. Now, in Chillpreneur, she offers her unique take on how to work less, earn more and leave the daily grind behind so you can enjoy what many of us value most: our time.
Choose Life by Daniel Prince
Inspired by Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Workweek, Prince quit a successful but stressful corporate career and, with his wife, began traveling the world with their four children and “worldschooling” them.” If you’re wondering if it’s possible to become a digital nomad if you have children, Prince, now a solopreneur, will convince you the lifestyle is well within reach.
Company of One by Paul Jarvis
Jarvis, a long-time solopreneur in the tech space, believes bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to building a business. If you crave simplicity and a sense of purpose in your business life and want time to enjoy the things that matter to you—while still earning a good living—this clearly written guide will show you the way.
The Business Casual Yogi by Vish Chatterji, with Yogrishi Vishvketu
Yoga is a big part of my daily life, so I was excited to see this new release by Chatterji – a “recovering tech entrepreneur turned executive coach” and Yogrishi Vishvketu, a Himilayan yoga master who has trained thousands of teachers. Whether you run a business or dream of starting one, this book will give you plenty of ideas on how to incorporate the philosophy of yoga into your business life, draw on it to strengthen your mind and body and even give yourself a personal tune-up by using the power of sound.
The Growth Hacking Book by Parul Agrawal, Rohan Chaubey, et al.
Many solo businesses have tremendous potential to grow, but their owners don’t know exactly how to tap into the opportunities in front of them. This book, a compilation of clear, streamlined advice from more than 20 experts in topics like copywriting, Facebook ads, SEO, public relations and networking, offers many practical ideas on how to get started that you can start to put to work for you today.
Own Your Weird by Jason Zook
Zook traded a lifestyle driven by entrepreneurial “hustle” for one that was a lot more fun and built around embracing what was unique, weird and unpredictable. That still left plenty of room for getting things done (one chapter is titled “Focus on completion, not perfection”) and creating a more balanced and sustainable life. If you were a fan of Zook’s earlier book Creativity for Sale, where he showed how to turn a profit from your passion, this light and entertaining book will be a welcome addition to your nightstand.
Where the Magic Happens by Caspar Craven
Craven, a serial entrepreneur, and his wife took on the kind of challenge many people dream of but write off as impossible: They decided to sail around the world with their two young children and one on the way. As you might imagine, the journey wasn’t all breathtaking sunsets. Sometimes, it was scary. But their five years of travel brought Craven some magical experiences and a fresh take on life—one that will interest many entrepreneurs looking to shake things up in 2020.