Aaaah – Memorial Day is behind us and the kiddos are out of school, so it is time to welcome the start of summer*!  For many people, the season means camping, lazy days out on the lake, or planning that long-awaited getaway to the mountains or the beach.  But for many small-business owners, summer can be a difficult time to stay focused, particularly if your business is seasonal and experiences the summer doldrums.

We wanted to share a list of several books that may be of interest to our business clients – and anyone who may be considering starting a business – who find they have a bit of idle time over the next few months (okay – business owners never really have “idle” time, since it seems like there’s always something to be done!).  Entrepreneur Magazine posted an article titled “11Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs,” and although the title references new business-owners, we believe anyone owning or even working in small- and medium-sized businesses may enjoy some of the insights these books have to offer.

The books referenced in the article include:

  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Rework by Jason Fried
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  • Launch! by Scott Duffy
  • Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas From the Computer Age by Paul Graham
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
  • The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent

We are also providing a link to the article here, allowing you the opportunity to read about each book in more detail.  Enjoy your summer, and we hope to see you out on the lake!

*  To be completely accurate – hey, we are accountants, after all! – it is our duty to mention that summer doesn’t “technically” start until June 21, but try telling that to anyone with kids!