Reading List

These are books that either Ben or Brandon have read and found to be valuable.  We gravitate to books that are succinct and to the point.  These are affiliate links.  Support Real Everyday Business and invest in your education!

Business / Entrepreneur
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone
Inspiring account of a true visionary and the company he built.

My Life & Work – An Autobiography of Henry Ford, Henry Ford
A look inside the mind of Henry Ford

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
He took a company that was less than a year from bankruptcy and turned it into the most valuable company in the world by market cap, nuff said.

The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America, Marc Levinson
A look at the evolution of retail at the turn of the century, showcasing the largest retailer at the time and the first in history to reach 1 billion in revenue.  It also shows how government gets involved to hamstring a successful company at the behest of competitors.

Letters from a Stoic, Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Big fan of stoicism as a philosophy to live by.  Not a fan of Meditations though Seneca has always resonated with me.

Poor Richard’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin
Great life lesson of Ben Franklin with an emphasis on austerity and frugality

Technical Skills
Accounting Made Simple: Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less, Mike Piper
Succinct, clear book on accounting

What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow, Frank Gallinelli
Best book on understanding real estate financial metrics

The Warren Buffett Way, Robert G. Hagstrom
Good detailing of Buffett’s investing style

The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments, John Mihaljevic
Best overview of value investing out there


Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business, Chris Ducker
Great book on finding, hiring, utilizing and managing, a virtual assistant

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, Tim Ferriss
On building a business that leaves you to live a life of leisure and freedom.

Buying a Business That Makes You Rich, John Martinka
Comprehensive guide to buying a small business

Specific Business Types

Trailer Cash: How To Cash In On the Low-Income Housing Investment Boom, Jamie Smith
Excellent book on purchasing and managing Mobile Home or Manufactured Housing Parks

How Small Business Trades Worldwide, John Spier
On understanding the world of importing and exporting with an emphasis on sourcing unique products for specific markets

Retail Truths – The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing, Chip Averwater
If you want to have a better understanding on the retail trade, this is the book to read

How To Find, Evaluate, and Buy a Laundromat, Jason Lombardo
Book for analyzing specifically Laundromats for sale