In January of 2016 I committed myself to reading at least two books per month. I thought I wasn’t reading enough – okay, I wasn’t reading any books at all! I had just limited my reading to blog posts, tweets, and, yes, Facebook updates from friends, family, and pages I followed.
So, as many of us do in the beginning of each year, I made a “new year’s resolution”. I will read at least two books each month, for a total of, at least 24 books by the end of the year! Luckily, I started off with a book that I had read in my late teens, Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins. This book started the momentum for me to continue and sticking to my “resolution.”
I’ve been reading a couple of books per month ever since; some months I’ve even overextended and have read as much as five! (Yay me!)
In the course of these two years I’ve come across some very impactful books that have helped me a great deal with running and managing my family’s cleaning business. Below, I will leave you with a list of the three books that have helped me the most with my cleaning business. I strongly recommend them. They helped me view my cleaning business from another perspective and I hope, if you do decide to read one or all three of them, that they will have the same impact on you. And, again, these are the books up that I’ve read in these past two years. I’m sure I’ll be reading more in the future that might also make the list.
1) The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work And What To Do About It by Michael Gerber
What I loved most about The E-Myth Revisited is that it offers you the perspective of reaching efficiency and effectiveness by implementing systems and automation into your small business. It really gets you thinking about what you can do to systematize your business so you can start getting to a phase where your business can function by itself even without you being present, if that’s something you’re striving for. (I mean who wouldn’t like a business that functions by itself so you can do other activities you’re passionate about).
2) Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On The Growth Track And Keeping It There by Les McKeown
Predictable Success is somewhat similar to The E-Myth Revisitedin that it focuses on taking your small business or organization to a systems and automation phase. However, it differs in that Predictable Success reviews the “four main phases” every business encounters: FUN, WHITEWATER, PREDICTABLE SUCCESS, and, TREADMILL. It also goes into the topic of not relying so much on systems and automation because it can decrease creativity within your organization. It’s a good read!
Okay, so The Slight Edge isn’t necessarily a “business” book, but the principles it teaches about being aware and conscious about the simple daily activities we do can have a tremendous effect on how you run and manage your cleaning business. Many times we lose sight and control of our time as we go down the YouTube rabbit hole or other non-productive activities. The Slight Edge shows us how to create, develop, and get into the habits that will allow us to reach certain goals – whether personal or business related. I highly recommend it!
Finally, what books have you read that have helped you with your cleaning business? I would love to know! Leave a comment below and share with us the books that you would recommend to another fellow cleaning business owner!
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