Top Books, Podcasts, and Resources for Canadian Small Business Owners

Depositphotos_1982682_xl-2015-1Many business owners attribute their success to being life-long learners. No matter what stage your business is in, you'll find insights from these top resources we curated for small business owners. 

Books

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel - Learn how the inventor of PayPal created breakthroughs in his field

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill - Hill shares the secrets to the wealth of men like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford. 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini - Cialdini explains the 6 principles of persuasion that make people (including you) say yes

Mindset, the New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck -  Dweck's research argues that your mindset dictates your behaviour. In fact, people with a "fixed mindset"—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a "growth mindset"—those who believe that abilities can be developed. 

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber Gerber explores why many small businesses fail and how you can avoid a similar fate.

7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey - Covey explains how you can achieve balance and thrive in your business and personal life.

Traction by Gabriel Weinberg - Weinberg argues that you must find a way to consistently get new customers to be successful. Once you figure out your key to customer growth, it makes everything a lot easier.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - Learn how to get people to like you, argue your perspective, and change the opinions of others.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek - Sinek reveals how successful leaders like Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs motivated others to follow them

Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins - This book details the growth of visionary companies and their leaders. It reveals the habits that led to their success and how you can mimic their practices. 

Podcasts 

Podcasts are a great tool that makes learning easy. They're great to listen to while you go about your daily activities. Here are some of our favourites: 

Mixergy - Hosted by Andrew Warner, this podcast features big-name entrepreneurs covering a wide range of topics from hiring to marketing.

Being a Boss - Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon created this small business podcast for creative entrepreneurs including writers, artists, and graphic designers.

How I Built This Guy Raz explores the stories of incredible entrepreneurs ranging from Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard to Whole Food's John Mackey. 

Entrepreneur on Fire John Lee Dummas provides inspiration by featuring the success stories of over 700 entrepreneurs. These include the likes of Seth Godin, Barbara Corcoran and Tim Ferriss. 

The Tim Ferriss Show - Tim Ferriss shares the stories of high-achievers in business, music, sports and more. Tim explores tools and tips these people used to get where they are today and how you can do things better.

Social Media Marketing - Michael Stelzner interviews marketing experts so you can discover what works in social media marketing. Some of his best episodes feature small business owners sharing how they found success with social media.  

Breaking Down Your Business Brad Farris and Jill Salzman discuss problems on many small business owner's minds. They also feature useful tools for you to use in your business.

 

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Business Resources 

Canadian small business owners are fortunate to have access to organizations committed to their success. Here are some organizations looking to help:
 
Canadian Chamber of Commerce This organization offers resources to help you stay informed on new policies and issues that could impact your business
 
Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs - For 40 years, this association has helped Canadian businesswomen build valuable professional relationships.
 
Canada Business: Government Services This government site gives you information on taxes, regulations, and intellectual property. They also provide business support for Canadian businesses. 
 
Canadian Federation of Independent Resources - This organization provides support services, news and advice to Canadian small business owners.
 
Enterprise Toronto  - Enterprise Toronto supports startup businesses in the Toronto area. They have free resources and services to help you run your business more effectively
 
The Lendified Blog Lendified doesn’t just provide fast and affordable business loans. Our experts provide free guides and articles to help with all areas of your business.
 
Small Business British Columbia  - Small Business British Columbia offers tools and resources for business owners. They also host events and seminars to teach you practical skills to apply to your business. 
 
Canadian Marketing Association - Whether you like to learn in-person or online, the Canadian Marketing Association offers a variety of educational resources to hone your marketing skills.
 

Keep Learning

Drawing from these curated resources will help you take your business to the next level. We understand how hard it is for busy small business owners to find the best information that'll drive results. That's why we've also created a list of some top experts in the world of Canadian finance for you to learn from.

 

About the Author

Lendified

Lendified is Canada's premier online lender for small businesses. The company was founded by former bank executives dedicated to provide businesses with fast, easy, and affordable financing. The Lendified team regularly produces blogs and guides to help small business owners succeed.