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Book Recommendations - what's your favorite?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by LawnLad, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    I did a search and didn't find a ready answer to this question.

    In the search for new information - I'm curious what books others have found helpful. I've listed a few below that I think are good reads.

    Any comments on these books, or books that you wouldn't waste your time on would be helpful.

    Books I would recommend:

    E-Myth by Michael Gerber
    You will be satisfied by Bob Tasca
    The Millionaire Next Door by Tom Stanley
    Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson

    I'll post more later once I get home to look on the shelf. But this is a good start.
  2. augs dad

    augs dad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Of the ones I have read, and being new to doing this as a business instead of a hobby, I found the following to be informative, real world, brutally honest and at times humorous. This guys has been there done that. Ordered from Amazon.

    How to Start a Home Based Landscaping Business by Owen Dell
    about $25.00

    Gary in Central PA
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Covers everything you need to know about how to conduct your business. ;)
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Prefer the NIV myself.

    Also, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  5. The Eureka Effect - the art and logic of break through thinking
    David Perkins
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Lawn Care for Dummies......just kidding. This site has helped me way beyond any book possible. I truly believe this.

  7. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Matt, I feel kind of ignant (southernese, don't worry) now. When I found this site it was truly an answer to prayer. I had no idea that anything like it even exitsed and I felt like one who had just found a diamond mine. This site has been a large help to me, I just hope that I can pass it on to someone else.
  8. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    I would agree with Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Great book. Cash Flow Quadrant was pretty good. Although Robert Kiyosaki gets a little repetitive in his books.

    Richest Man in Babylon is a good, quick read.

    Recently finished "Leading at the Speed of Growth" by Katherine Catlin. She talks about the different growth stages of a company and how as the owner/ceo you have to change your management/leadership style to effectively lead your company to your goals as the business is growing and changing. As the owner, you are sometimes your own worst enemy since the organization can only grow as large as your own capacity.

    Anyone read any of John Maxwell's leadership books? Any thoughts on these?
  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    "Being Happy" is probably one of the best books ever written. It deals with how you think, act, deal with people, etc.

    "Guerilla Marketing" is wonderful marketing advice. Best I've found on the subject.

    "How to Win Friends and Influence People." is also phenomenal. Definitely in my top 10. Taught me a lot about dealing with people and sales. I re-read it often. And it's a shame more people don't.

    "You Can't Steal Second With Your Foot On First" is an exceptional book for anyone who is or is thinking of becoming self employed. It challenges the traditional 'job-mentality' most people have.

    Most specifically related to this business, I really like "All About Pruning" by Ortho. I'd say the majority of landscapers I know don't use proper pruning methods. This book educated me a lot several years ago.

    And of course, I prefer the NASB to the KJV or NIV. But hey, it's all good!
  10. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    I ordered the E- Myth today. Should provide for some late winter reading.

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