“When you know better, you do better.”, Maya Angelou
Francis Bacon once said that knowledge is power. We would like to elaborate on this a step further. We see knowledge as a power that fosters the attainment of a successful entrepreneurial mindset. Continuous knowledge-building is crucial to shaping business attitudes, improving skills, overcoming obstacles, or simply learning how to do things better.
There are different ways by which we can build knowledge. Today, we are going to tackle how and why reading books can support us in this endeavor. We will more particularly see how it can help us grow as entrepreneurs in eCommerce. For this purpose, we are also going to review some entrepreneurship best business books and present our selection of top eCommerce books to read.
But first, let us go a bit deeper and see why reading books is so important for our growth as entrepreneurs. Probably, it is not without reason that business leaders such as Bill Gates have launched their reading list campaigns!
How reading books can help us grow as entrepreneurs?
Reading has always been crucial for our mental well-being and interpersonal success but during Coronavirus lockdowns it seems to have gained a new impetus. Recent research reveals that due to COVID-19 the number of global readers has increased by 35% (Yahoo). And still, why is reading that vital for our entrepreneurial success? Well, here is what some recent research on the topic reveals.
First, reading develops our cognitive skills which can help us resolve various challenges. Second, it helps us become better communicators and thus facilitates our interaction with customers, partners or employees. Third, it supports the development of our analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
So, reading business books can support us in wearing the many different hats that we have as entrepreneurs, especially at the beginning of our business journey.
7 best entrepreneurship and eCommerce books that each of us should read
Without further ado, let’s go and see which entrepreneurship best business books can help us meet the multi-dimensional challenges we need to address daily in our life as eCommerce entrepreneurs.
1.“Atomic Habits” by James Clear
“Atomic Habits” is one of the latest entrepreneurship books dealing with the topic of how to build good habits as businessmen. It focuses on the small changes one can try to make to achieve a big impact in the long run. These changes may concern anything from how you focus on work to how you build relationships and communicate with colleagues. One of the strongest messages the book conveys is that before one learns how to manage a business, one should probably learn how to manage themselves.
You could browse James Clear’s website to learn more about the author and register for a free book chapter. Alternatively, the book may be purchased on Amazon.
2. “DotCom Secrets” by Russell Brunson
This is the ultimate book on eCommerce that can help you see what makes a successful online scale-up. Being based on a series of tests, data, and experiments, it may inspire any eCommerce owner to entirely redesign the marketing strategy of his online shop or the way he manages his operations.
The greatest message to take with you from the book is probably that sometimes, it is worth rethinking the sales funnel. You can learn more about Russel Brunson from his LinkedIn profile, as you can also purchase the book by clicking here.
3. “Purple Cow: Transform your business by being remarkable” by Seth Godin
“Purple Cow” is one of the eighteen books of Seth Godin, one of the big names in today’s marketing. In brief, the volume tackles the issue of the broken model of traditional advertising and proposes an alternative that brands develop a word-of-mouth approach to market their products and services. We consider it a particularly relevant book for eCommerce because it can foster your creativity about how to stand out from the increasingly growing competition.
4. “Profit First for Ecommerce Sellers” by Cyndi Thomason
This is one of the best latest eCommerce books we have ever come across! It gives clear actionable guidance to all online shop owners about how to improve their performance. By focusing on the four critical components of inventory, debt, financial data, and focus, the author presents her readers with a practical manual to business success.
5. “Everybody Writes” by Ann Handley
“Everybody Writes” is yet another favorite in our list of entrepreneurship best business books since it offers practical guidance on how to improve the quality of your writing to earn loyal customers. As content is getting paramount for today’s online businesses, the book may be of extreme value for all eCommerce entrepreneurs interested in deepening the relationship with their audiences.
6. “UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products” by Jaime Levy
Tackling yet another online aspect, namely the importance of user experience (UX), this book is a must-read for all eCommerce founders interested in exploring why it is important to match business strategy with website UX design. The book further brings a great practical value with a step-by-step guide towards achieving a UX-supported online success.
7. “Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: a Common Sense Approach to Web Usability” (3rd Edition) by Steve Krug
With its first edition being published in 2000, this is one of the most loved books about the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Already in its third edition, the book loses none of its relevance or value. We see it of particular benefit for all eCommerce business owners interested in pursuing a first-class website quality.
Continuous learning and reading are vital for eCommerce entrepreneurs as they are some of the key steps leading to business success. To grow our business, we first need to grow ourselves.
We hope you have enjoyed our selection of exciting eCommerce books which can help you launch your reading journey. If you would like to share your comments or other entrepreneurship books with us, just drop us a line.