This page will be a constant work-in-progress. As I find things . . . books, articles, websites, etc. . . that I believe would be helpful to an entrepreneur, I will post them here.
Bookstores are crammed with business books, but here are a few that are excellent and particularly well-suited to the entrepreneurial small business person.
The E Myth Revisited
Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber
Duct Tape Marketing
The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
by John Jantsch
Now, Discover Your Strengths
The revolutionary program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton
Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . And Others Don’t
by Jim Collins
Your public library has useful reference tools that you can probably access from your computer with only your library card number. Reference USA is a particularly useful database carried by many libraries. You can look for companies by name, by size, by industry, by geographic area and so on. Ideal for developing a list of sales targets.
The James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, MN can provide information on just about any business topic you can imagine. It can be particularly useful in market research, giving you a picture of the competitive landscape for a given market. You can do the research yourself, or use one of the Library’s staff researchers to do it for you. View their website at www.jjhill.org.
www.meritline.com is an online store for computers, printers, accessories and supplies. You can often find some real bargains here.
www.linkedin.com is a powerful web-based networking tool. It connects you to people you want to meet through people you already know.
www.constantcontact.com can help you maintain regular contact, not only with existing customers, but also with target customers.
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