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Must-reads for kick starting your business

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More than once in the last few weeks have I've heard these phrases on a video callโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ˜ž It feels like Iโ€™m starting my business all over again.

๐Ÿ˜– Weโ€™ve gone back to square one.

๐Ÿ™„ Iโ€™m starting from scratch after years in business.

๐Ÿ˜’ Weโ€™re rebuilding from the ground up.

Each time, Iโ€™ve nodded along in agreement. Like most small businesses, my team and I are going back to the drawing board.ย 

I'm also heading back to my bookshelves. Anyone that has visited EBHQ will have seen my ever-expanding collection of business-y books.ย 

If you too are in need of inspiration or advice, here are a selection of books I'm re-reading right now...

๐Ÿ“š Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

๐Ÿ“š Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done by Jocelyn Glei

๐Ÿ“š It doesnโ€™t have to be crazy at work by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

๐Ÿ“š Business for Punks: Break All the Rules โ€“ the BrewDog Way by James Watt

๐Ÿ“š The Discomfort Zone: How to Get What You Want by Living Fearlessly by Farrah Storr

๐Ÿ“š Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think by Luke Johnson

๐Ÿ“š Who thought this was a good idea? And other questions you should have answers to when you work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco & Lauren Oyler

๐Ÿ“š Good to greatย (Why some companies make the leap...and others donโ€™t) by Jim Collins

๐Ÿ“š Work like a woman: A Manifesto for Change by Mary Portas

๐Ÿ“š Company of one: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis

I'd love to know what youโ€™ve been reading during lockdown. I'm always looking to add to my library.

Iโ€™ve often talked about starting a small business book club. If youโ€™d be interested in joining - virtually or face-to-face, let me know.

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