March 3, 2022

The 8 best business books you can read to improve your trade in 2022

You run a trade business and your time is short. But you want to learn how to grow, improve your customer experience and manage your team more effectively. We get it. So we’ve done the groundwork for you.

Here’s a hand-picked list of the best books you can read in 2022 to improve your business. So when you do find a few minutes in your day to pick up a book - choose one of these:

Profit First (Mike Michalowicz)

This is a great book to kick off with if you’re a new business. In Profit First, you learn the essential rules that help you manage your finances, increase profits and boost your business growth.

It also explains the drawbacks of traditional methods for balancing books and how taking profit first will help your business reach it’s full potential.

For more guidance on taking profit, check out these 9 proven upsells you can use right now to increase your business profits by 29%.

And if you want more by Michalowicz, he’s written plenty more cracking books, including The Pumpkin Plan (see book 5 in this list).

The Quote Handbook (Aaron Mcleish)

We learned so much from this book. The Quote Handbook is still a rare gem even in 2022 and will add so much value to your business.

It’s originally written for heating and plumbing engineers, but the quote-building advice is absolute gold and can be applied to any trade business. Following the steps in the book are essential to maximising your ability to win jobs and keeping a steady cash flow.

Built To Sell (John Warrillow)

According to Warrillow, the biggest mistake business owners make is growing a trade business that relies too heavily on the owner’s presence. Built To Sell teaches you how to grow a business that can stand on its own two feet.

Part of this involves building a high performing, loyal team of employees. For more help on this, check out our guide on how to boost your field service team's productivity in 6 simple steps.

The 4h Workweek (Tim Ferriss)

Working less to make more money - it’s every entrepreneur’s dream. The 4-Hour Work Week shows you how to save your time for the things that matter most in life.

Crucially, Ferriss explains the ‘millionaire mindset’. He claims that people don’t really want to be millionaires, they just want to experience what they think that only millionaires can buy. So he wrote ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ to demonstrate how to achieve this by freeing up your time, and automating your income.

And it’s a No.1 New York Times Bestseller. Enough said!

The Pumpkin Plan (Mike Michalowicz)

Another cracker by Mike Michalowicz. In The Pumpkin Plan, he focuses on the simple methods that farmers use to grow huge award-winning pumpkins.

He reveals that these methods are just as relevant for business, and shows you how to use them to successfully grow your own company.

Oversubscribed (Daniel Priestley)

Oversubscribed teaches you the benefits of spending more time with your existing customers, rather than endlessly chasing new ones. Priestly explains that by doing this, it gives you more time to improve your products/services, rather than running around trying to sell to prospects.

Persuasive Business Proposals: Writing to Win More Customers, Clients, and Contracts (Tom Sant)

This is one of our favourite books. It steps beyond writing simple quotes and helps you jump outside the box and look at the blogger picture.

Persuasive Business Proposals delves deep into aspects of making sure what you put down on paper appeals to your potential customers.

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time (Jeff Sutherland)

While Payaca covers all your software needs, Scrum handles your approach. ‘Scrum’ is the revolutionary approach to project management and team building that has helped to transform everything from software companies to the US military to healthcare in major American hospitals.

In this major new book its originator, Jeff Sutherland, explains precisely and step by step how it operates - and how it can be made to work for anyone, anywhere.