We talk a lot about closing the books. What about opening them? We asked Receipt Bank partners to share the books that have shaped their approach to business. What do you think should be on every accountant’s book-shelf?
The book explains how we end up with too much clutter in life and how a different approach of working smarter and valuing experiences more in life rather than owning things improves our happiness and productivity. It encourages entrepreneurship and working to suit an experimentalist way of life.
Helps keep you calm and focused on the bigger picture.
Provided insight into how to give more value to your clients and get them buying more from you.
It’s helped us think about how we sell to our clients, our pricing and service.
This book changed how I talked and work with people and helped shape my interactions in a way that helps others and yourself.
Has helped so many novice bookkeepers/accountants set up their own practice. Good advice throughout.
This is a true testament to the struggles and emotions you go through as a business-owner.
Many of my clients, including myself, are currently or have been a startup. This is a great introduction to business.
It really helped me focus on my values and why we’re in business rather than what we do. This helped us look at the direction of our firm and how we want to grow in future.
Watch Simon’s brilliant TED talk here.
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Inspired me to become self-employed and realise that it’s all about the small victories that get you to where you want to go.
This #1 New York Times best-selling author shows you how to live anywhere and escape the 9-5. If you enjoy this, you might also like Will Farnell’s take.
It gave me a true understanding about what I needed to focus on and how to build a business.
This book modelled how to set up our firm in a franchise-type scenario. When I read it back in 2008, it changed the trajectory of our firm moving forwards.
Some great ideas and inspiration.
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While the concept of the book isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, one concept stood out. I’ve used it in helping talk with many clients. Do you have a business or a job? If it’s a job, you might as well as do it for someone else without all the stress of running a business.
Catch his blog post on seizing the day, the why and how of Profit First here.
It has helped to reshape the way I approach a behaviour that I want to change (or start). How to make starting (or stopping) habits easy.
Read this post to find out the daily habits of other successful accountants.
We have implemented the Entrepreneurial Operating System discussed in the book and have experienced some really positive signs since establishing this.
It is mentally challenging when running a business, therefore if you can control your own emotions and responses, you can then proceed to control your business.
I really liked this book because it explains that there are steps to becoming the best you. And it requires you to push yourself beyond what others are doing to get you there.
She taught me that I have choice, choice to even get out of bed in the morning. So if I am choosing everything why would I choose anything but being positive.
By focusing on one white t-shirt, this is a great illustration of the people and places involved in international trade.
19. Principles, Ray Dahlio
Ray Dalio does a great job explaining how continuous improvement can be implemented in an organization, and how criticism can be used to build rather than break down.
It helped me learn about how adding value to clients is key in pricing
If you’re looking to perfect your value pricing and deliver a stand-out service, here’s another for your reading list: the ultimate guide to pricing cloud services.
21. Flying Solo: How To Go It Alone in Business
After deciding to leave the security of a corporate life or go it alone, I had a reasonably clear idea of what I wanted to do but plan how to do it. I found Flying Solo at the perfect time to helped visualize my goals. It reinforced that I do know what I am doing and have the foundation necessary to get there.
Daniel Collier | Receipt Bank
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