Book review and podcast recommendations
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Book Recommendations from Mark Telford
Mark Telford is both the successful owner of his own accountancy practice and also an experienced coach and mentor for many accountants to help them run the practice that they want (https://marktelford.co.uk). Mark is also an active member of the Digital Accountancy Show Advisory Board.
We asked Mark for three of his favourite books he would recommend to fellow accountants and he listed three amazing books which he has found very inspiring. We hope you enjoy them!
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE - Phil Knight
In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all start-ups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognisable symbols in the world today. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, he tells his story. Candid, humble, wry and gutsy, he begins with his crossroads moment when at 24 he decided to start his own business. He details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream - along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls how his first band of partners and employees soon became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything. A memoir rich with insight, humour and hard-won wisdom, this book is also studded with lessons - about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world.
Anything you Want - 40 Lessons for the New Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers
You don't need a visionary master plan, loads of funding or a brilliant team to start a business.
All you really need is GENEROSITY.
When Derek Sivers started CD Baby, he wasn't planning on building a major business. He was a successful independent musician who just wanted to sell his CDs online. He started in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs too. In 2000, he hired his first employee. Eight years later, he sold CD Baby for $22 million.
Sivers didn't need a business plan, and neither do you. You don't need to think big; in fact, it's better if you don't. Anything You Want will inspire you to start with what you have, care about your customers more than yourself, and run your business like you don't need the money.
Company of One - Why Staying SMall is the Next Big Thing for Business - Paul Jarvis
A refreshing approach to entrepreneurship centered on staying small and avoiding growth - maximizing happiness, sustainability and profitability.
Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high-profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output and more growth.
In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can do the same, including:
- Planning to set up
- Determining desired revenues
- Keeping clients happy
- And, of course, doing all this on your own.
Why Funding? How it can benefit firms and their clients
With more than 15,000 bank branches and counting closing over the last decade, the accountant is more essential than ever! In fact you are the last financially literate, qualified advisors left, that truly understand the SME’s business.
Capitalise partners with Accountants across the UK to empower their businesses to offer access to finance to their SME clients. As well as offering a potential new revenue stream, offering finance opens the doors to forecasting, management reporting, invoice management and more, becoming the cornerstone in your advisory offering.
For your clients, partnering with an accountant means they could be 4x more likely to get the funding they need.