My Solopreneur Essential Reading List

Books Reading List

My Solopreneur Essential Reading List

I’m still in my first year as a solopreneur and Certified Story Brand Guide and I can’t begin to tell you the lessons I’ve learned and still need to learn. My primary mode of learning is through books so I thought I would share some of the great books I’ve read this year, as well as books that I’ve read in the past that I’m drawing on once again. Finally, I thought I’d throw in some of the titles on my reading list that I want to still get to this year!

I hope that you find them helpful!

(PS. If you aren’t a reader consider subscribing to Business Made Simple University. They have some of the highest quality courses on essential business skills I’ve found. I highly recommend it!)

Top 3 best books from the past 10 months

Business Made Simple

by Donald Miller

This book has absolutely revolutionized the way I see business. I read it with a group of friends in business and that provided the accountability I needed to complete the exercises and stay on task.

(PS. If you would like to join a reading group just shoot me an email and when I have enough people, I’ll let you know!

Buy Business Made Simple on Amazon.ca


Profit First

by Michael Michalowicz

I don’t have a business or financial background, so understanding how to organize my bank accounts has been very important. This is an AMAZING system that keeps you profitable and disciplined. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Buy Profit First on Amazon.ca


Building a Story Brand

by Donald Miller

It’s the book that started it all for me. After reading Building a Story Brand last summer I was intrigued, inspired, and felt like I might have hit on something that could become a new skill and passion.

If you are a business owner, this book will help your brand. If you are in marketing, this book will revolutionize how you help your clients!

Buy Building a Story Brand on Amazon.ca

The books top 3 books I’m returning to

The Talent Code

by Daniel Coyle

If you want to know how talent grows, this is a fascinating read. In it Daniel Coyle looks at the strongest sports teams, Navy Seals, music camps, and other talent centric groups to see if there are any principles that can be drawn out. What he finds is that talent development has some universal principles that can be applied in diverse fields.

Buy The Talent Code on Amazon.ca


The Right and Wrong Stuff

By Carter Cast

I’m re-reading this amazing book with a group of friends in business right now. It focuses on 5 personalities that self-sabotage their careers. It is focussed more on teams, management and larger organizations, but I’m finding that it is important for the solopreneur to have a wide breadth of knowledge.

Buy The Right and Wrong Stuff on Amazon.ca


Herding Tigers

by Todd Henry

This is just a SUPER book for anyone who has to lead, manage, or work with creatives. We’re a different breed. And we put ourselves into our work making it a very personal endeavour.

Buy Herding Tigers on Amazon.ca

On my list (or in progress)

Company of One

by Paul Jarvis

This one has been recommended as essential reading for the entrepreneur. I’ll write a review when I’ve finished it!

Buy Company of One on Amazon.ca


Do Over

by Jon Acuff

Another highly recommended book I can’t wait to get to. This one is about changing careers – and quite frankly I expect it to be hilarious. Most things Jon Acuff are pretty fun to read.

Buy Do Over on Amazon.ca


The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

by Mike Michalowicz

This is Mike’s first book and it’s a pretty straight forward, kick in the butt guide to getting serious about your company.

Buy The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur on Amazon.ca

BONUS – The books I’m reading for fun

The Discoverers

by Daniel Boorstin

Everyone needs to read a good history book from time to time. This one is thick and fascinating! It chronicles humanity’s search for meaning. I’ve had it for a while and I’m finally picking away at it!

Buy The Discoverers on Amazon.ca


The Philosophy Book

by DK Publishing

I LOVE the DK Publishing books. And I also love philosophy. These are very similar to “How to for Dummies” types of books. They read easily, are filled with graphics, and superb information.

Buy The Philosophy Book on Amazon.ca


Thanks for reading! I hope you find your next gem of a book in this list! And as I said at the top of the post if reading isn’t your thing and you want to watch or listen as your preferred mode of learning consider subscribing to Business Made Simple University. AMAZING content!

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