These apps are worthy of your attention because they will free up more time in your day.One awesome advantage about running a tech company in the San Francisco Bay Area is that I hear about--and get to try out--many of the apps and software that are just entering the market. If the tool makes me more efficient or has real potential to help a small or midsize business, I'm all ears.But a lot of the buzz around technology these days is just hype, especially now that everyone wants to be the next Instagram or Pinterest. As a business owner, how do you know which company, app, or platform is worth your attention and will help your business grow? Most entrepreneurs I know just don't have the time to try every new tool du jour.So, I thought it would be helpful for Inc.
Starting a business, personal productivity, marketing skills–these good reads cover the essentials an entrepreneur needs to master.Most entrepreneurs wear a variety of hats. Some wear every hat.That’s why most entrepreneurs need to be very well rounded.Here are six books that at least partially cover the entrepreneurial gamut: starting a business, personal productivity, marketing, improving skills, operations–even health and fitness.Each will leave you feeling challenged, inspired, motivated, and ready to take your professional life to new heights.Starting and Sustaining a BusinessPart research, part science, and part introspection exercise, Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck does help you understand your personality and decision-making traits–useful in itself–but more importantly is filled with cool insights and tips any entrepreneur can benefit from.One is the Three-Minute Rule, based on the premise that what your customers do in the three minutes just before and just after they use your product or service tells you a lot about their needs and how they actually use what you sell.For example, studies show customers buy less when their arms are full–which is why placing empty shopping baskets or carts in the middle of a retail store can dramatically increase sales per customer.If you’re hesitating to take the entrepreneurial plunge, this book should jar you off the fence. If you already own a business you’ll learn a number of things you’ll want to start doing–or stop doing.Personal ProductivitySometimes it’s easy to dismiss a book simply because it has gained widespread popularity; it’s like playing the popularity backlash card.If you’ve placed David Allen’s Getting Things Done in that category, rethink that decision.
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