The Best Books for Business Owners

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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are founders of 37signals, and this book contains the lessons they learned while building and running that iconoclastic software company. Their pronouncements are simple, anti-intuitive, and sometimes profound. It is a hugely inclusive book with a disarming common sense. Underdo your competition. Learning from mistakes is overrated. Hire great writers. Reading ReWork is like sitting down with the savviest, most plain-spoken entrepreneur you know and saying, "OK, what's your secret?" Rework is practical, offering logical ideas that are instantly applicable to the solo entrepreneur, the team leader, or the company owner.
—Recommended by Leigh Buchanan, Jack Covert and John Gerzema