5 Essential Reads for Growing Your Business

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

Founders are full of enthusiasm, drive and passion when they first launch a new business, however, statistics show that the majority of startups struggle to scale up. If this sounds familiar, then fear not, as this collection of books are invaluable to entrepreneurs who are wanting to grow their business but are unsure on the next steps to take.

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    Startup, Scaleup or Screwup: Why businesses fail to scale and how to fix it
    by Tom Williams

    In 'Startup, Scaleup or Screwup', author Tom Williams shares what he considers to be the quantum shifts founders need to make to bust through their growth barriers at several different levels of turnover. He goes on to explain the essential springboards for founders to achieve sustainable business growth without burning out or sacrificing time for themselves or their families. The book unpacks the power of the right value proposition, business models and planning using growth strategies and financial tracking. Tom discusses building teams, communicating effectively and retaining talent alongside optimising business processes through a mix of systems and personal productivity. Finally, the book details effectively promoting a business through marketing, lead generation and sales conversations and how when combined, all these elements can help a business keep growing. Instead of spending time juggling a never-ending to-do list, Tom highlights the few key areas that require disciplined focus to move their business forward. For any business owner that is struggling to grow their company, the actionable formula that this book offers will be invaluable.

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    Scale Up: How to Take Your Business To the Next Level Without Losing Control and Running Out of Cash
    by Colin Mills

    Plenty of books have been written on startups, but not much has been written about what happens next, when you want to scale and move your business into an advanced stage of growth: the classic “too big to be small and too small to be big” stage. In 'Scaleup: How to Take Your Business To the Next Level Without Losing Control and Running out of Cash', author Colin Mills draws on real life experience, working with thousands of businesses across the globe to create a framework for scaling up that until now has just not existed. This is not academic theory: you'll find stories and examples from real-world businesses that have successfully managed the transition from startup to scaleup. Whether you're the owner of a fast-growing business and you want to scale your business to more advanced growth, or you feel frustrated because you came out of the startup phase but growth has stalled and you wonder whether you can face the pain of further growth, then this book has got something for you.

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    The Nuclear Effect: The 6 Pillars of Building a 7+ Figure Online Business
    by Scott Oldford

    It’s easy to feel trapped when you start an online business, stuck in a tug-of-war between success and the requirements for continued growth. The more you progress, the more money you need. Your company’s bank account mirrors your own emotions in a rollercoaster of inconsistency and instability—you’ve left the rat race, only to find yourself on a 6- or 7-figure hamster wheel. In 'The Nuclear Effect', author Scott Oldford shows you how to free yourself from this cycle, scale a profitable, multimillion-dollar business, and keep the money you make. By following Scott’s 6 pillars of sustainable growth, you will create the momentum your business needs to become an unstoppable force.

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    SYSTEMology: Create time, reduce errors and scale your profits with proven business systems
    by David Jenyns & Michael E. Gerber

    Do you sometimes feel like your business is an adult daycare centre? Are you constantly repeating yourself, fixing errors and trying to hold things together? What if it were possible to create a business that runs itself? You've dreamed about it - now it's time to make this a reality! If you're anything like many seasoned business owners, you've tried and failed to systemise your business. The reality is, your shiny business isn't as functional as it looks from the outside; it's unorganised, inconsistent and key-person dependent. 'SYSTEMology' solves this problem with a proven, step-by-step business systemisation framework - designed so that even the busiest business owner can deploy it. Drawing on 20+ years of business experience and real-life case studies, author David Jenyns details the path to complete business reliability.

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    Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar
    by Allison Maslan

    In 'Scale or Fail', author Allison Maslan—who has successfully scaled ten companies from scratch and has guided thousands of small businesses to do the same—shares her revolutionary SCALEit Method ® for successfully growing, replicating, and expanding your business. She also shares pivotal mindset strategies she’s used to break the fear barrier as a trapeze artist so you can move past any obstacle, take strategic Big Picture risks, and fulfil your dreams of business expansion and skyrocketing profit. Featuring a wealth of real-life success stories, visual tools, and exercises that are prescriptive and inspirational, 'Scale or Fail' offers proven scaling strategies and a proactive approach. This book is adaptable to any type of business—manufacturing, consumer goods, a brick and mortar, a digital service, a wholesaler, a consulting service, and everything in between. Whether you’re six figures and scaling to seven. . . or in the seven figures and scaling to eight or even nine, 'Scale or Fail' provides the roadmap to multiply your business growth—and empower you to soar in the air with the greatest of ease.

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