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Are These The Top Must Read Books For On-Line Business Owners?

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I love to read and so far, this year I’ve read the following business books. Some of them are really worth checking out:


By Michael Stelnzer owner of www.socialmediaexaminer.com.

For me, this is a must read for any on-line business owner.

The main ‘thrust’ of the book is about creating content to build a huge community and following.

Admittedly if you did everything that is covered in the book you would have no time to do anything else unless you employed an army of workers, creating content 24 x 7. But just one or two ideas will vastly improve your content and following.

Click here: Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition

The Referral Engine

By John Janstch, owner of www.ducttapemarketing.com.

Another must read!

This book teaches you how to get more customers via your existing customers. How to get testimonials, how to get your customers talking about your services, etc.

If you want more customers, this is the book you need.

Click here: The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself

18 Minutes

By Peter Bregman

This book is all about your own effectiveness. The book states you only need to spend 18 minutes per day planning…and you can save hours every day!

“Just tell me what to do”

I am an impatient person and when I read that statement I wanted what to know to do immediately.

It took me a while to ‘enjoy’ this book. Within the first couple of chapters, I could have easily put it down and not read anymore.

But I’m glad I persevered. After the first few chapters, I couldn’t put the book down.

I’ve gained so much from it and have really saved a lot of time, each day.

Well worth the read.

Click here: 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done. by Peter Bregman

The above 3 books are the best business books I’ve read so far this year.

I have also read:

Grab More Market Share

By Ross Shafer

I was drawn to the title of this book but it is aimed at ‘bricks and mortar’ type businesses.

Click here: Grab More Market Share: How to Wrangle Business Away from Lazy Competitors

The 15-Minute Rule

By Caroline Buchanan

A good little book if you suffer from procrastination. I don’t…well not really. Well ok…sometimes.

The rule from this book is if you don’t like doing something, just do it for 15 minutes only and then STOP.

Click here: The 15 Minute Rule

How To Become A Money Magnet

By Marie-Claire Carlyle

I found this in a charity shop. (I buy a lot of books from charity shops). It’s the sort of book I would not normally buy – these sorts of titles put me off.

But the book gave me some great tips about setting sales targets, getting rid of clutter and surrounding yourself with nice things.

The author is a feng shui consultant!

Click here: How to Become a MONEY Magnet

How To Save An Hour Every Day…Guaranteed

By Michael Heppell

Another title that drew me in. I’m always looking for ways to improve my time management.

Procrastination and distractions were covered amongst other topics. A good basic book.

Did I save an hour a day?

Not really as I already do many of the things covered in the book but if you really suffer from lack of managing your time…this would be a great book for you.

Click here: How to Save an Hour Everyday

How To Get Things Done (Without Trying Too Hard)

By Richard Templar

I think I have purchased and read all of Richard’s books. I love the format and small ‘rules’. His books are like little blog posts all published together.

You can read and re-read each chapter in a matter of seconds and take away something that will improve the way you deal with time.

Click here: How to Get Things Done Without Trying Too Hard

Over To You

These are the books I have read so far, this year.

What books have you read that have helped you?

Please share your views in the comments below.

P.S. Did you see the little “post it’s” sticking out from each of my book photos? That’s me making a note of a good idea I got from the book.

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13 Responses to Are These The Top Must Read Books For On-Line Business Owners?

  1. Elena Anne April 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I was actually just looking at the referral engine and I was seeing if I would want to buy it. Now that I have you I think I will go ahead and get it and tell you how it helps me.

    • Andrew April 30, 2012 at 10:55 am #


      You won’t be disappointed. It’s a great book. I got loads of new ideas.


  2. Debbie May 1, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Hi Andrew,
    I have read the “15 Minute Rule” and I did get some new ideas from it.
    Sounds like this one,”How to Get Things Done Without Trying Too Hard” would be good for me. I think i always try to reinvent the wheel.

    thanks Andrew for the advice on books. There is always something new to learn.
    Blessings to you,

    • Andrew May 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm #


      I’ve always got 2 or 3 books on the go.

      ”How to Get Things Done Without Trying Too Hard” – I’ll bring it with me later in the year when we meet up.


      P.S. Remind me!

      • Debbie May 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

        That would be great. Thanks Andrew. You are appreciated.

  3. Azam May 2, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I also love to read good books. These all books seems good. I will check them in my own way and purchase two of these.

  4. Kirk B. May 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I’m a bit of a procrastinator my self, and thank you for telling me the whole point behind the 15-minute rule. You don’t know how long that you have taken me to read it. This one time… oh wait, my 15 minutes are up.

  5. John Mak May 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    I really like books and especially when they can inspire you and give you motives to move forward, focusing and concentrating only to the success part. These are great suggestions, I will do check the referral engine but what I have in mind these days is a book from Chet Holmes “the ultimate sales machine” which teaches you about the market, research, define your audience, study the marketplace, etc…

    Thanks for sharing though. Great Titles!


    • Andrew May 27, 2012 at 8:30 am #


      Thanks for sharing that title.

      I shall check it out myself.


  6. Leeva May 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    It was nice to read your post How To Get Things Done (Without Trying Too Hard). I gathered some good points here. I would like to thank you with the efforts you have made in crafting this great article.

    but i think you have tried so hard to make thing easier for others.


  7. Felicia May 27, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Wow, these are all great must-reads! I’m interested in the books 18 minutes, The 15-minute rule, and How to save an hour every day..guaranteed. If you notice, all these 3 books are about maximizing time each day. Thank you for sharing this post. I will check out the books then!

    • Andrew May 27, 2012 at 8:31 am #


      I’m glad you like the reviews – 3 great books and worth a read.


  8. Divas Chitkara May 28, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    “The Referral Engine” & “18 Minutes” looks great. Will get my hands on them really son.

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