My five favorite business books

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

I have several books that I enjoy browsing through quite often. Certainly there's not a week goes by that I'm not looking through the following five books for tips, tricks, ideas, and suggestions for me and my Clients. Click on the link or the picture to go directly to the book at

  1. How to Use Your Time Wisely
    by Phyllis C. Kaufman & Arnold Corrigan, ISBN 0-681-40136-2
    This book is only 101 pages but should be required reading for everyone graduating from high school, not to mention every person going into business for himself, or for those who seem to be stuck on a plateau in their current jobs. This is where I leared GOLD—you'll just have to buy the book to find out. It's out of print but copies are available for as little as one cent at In my business life, it's been worth thousands and thousands of dollars, and I keep several on hand to give as presents for the newly self-employed, high school and college graduates, etc.

    How To Use Your Time Wisely

  2. It's in the Cards! Getting the Biggest Impact From Your Smallest Ad
    by Ivan R. Misner, Candace Bailly, and Dan Georgevich, ISBN 0-9740819-0-6
    This book is where I have gotten many marketing ideas over the years. You can adapt much of what's in this book for brochures, flyers, postcards, etc. $20 new. Ivan Misner is the founder of Business Network International and an international expert on networking and word-of-mouth marketing.

    It's in the Cards!

  3. The E-Myth Revisited. Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work And What To Do About It
    by Michael E. Graber
    I was given this book many years ago and have applied the concept of "working on your business and not in it." It also addresses the issues of taking a business from infancy through adolescence to maturity.

    The E-myth Revisited

  4. 1001 Ways to Reward Employees
    by Bob Nelson, ISBN 1-56305-339-X
    You can reward employees with more than just a pay raise and more vacation time.

    1001 Ways to Reward Employees

  5. Asset Protection for Physicians and High-Risk Business Owners: How to Protect What You Own from Lawsuits and Claims
    by Robert J. Mintz, ISBN 0-9639971-2-2
    This one should be read by anyone who is working in a litigious industry. Uh, Realtors and home inspectors? The beautiful thing about this book is that it is free. Go to The Asset Protection Law Center, and look at the right side. You'll see "Complimentary Book," and you can read it online or order it at no charge. There's also a new "Legal Guide to Asset Protection Planning," also available free as a PDF download.

    Asset Protection

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Barbara Kornegay
REMAX Essential - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes

Cute Kitten!

Feb 20, 2010 09:52 PM #1
Vickie Osoria
Keller Williams Realty - Leland, NC

Thanks for sharing.  I'll be ordering some of these!  Love your kitty!

Feb 20, 2010 09:58 PM #2
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Excellent information.  I elected years ago to do asset protection rather than pay hefty insurance premiums and the minute I adivse people that there is NOTHING for them to get, their attitude changes....S-corp, LLCs and strong documentation is the BEST defense!!!

Feb 20, 2010 10:09 PM #3
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing - looks like a good list of books - I have only 1 of them!  The pic is cute too!

Feb 20, 2010 10:18 PM #4
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

I am going to check out these books, thanks and have a great day!

Feb 20, 2010 10:28 PM #5
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team's in the cards sounds like a good source for creating new postcards....thanks

Feb 20, 2010 10:55 PM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Good morning Russel,  I highly recommend 1001 Ways to ....  it was my bible when I was managing an office,

Have a wonderful Sunday

Feb 20, 2010 10:56 PM #7
Glen Fisher
National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC - Oaklyn, NJ

Hi Russell.  Thanks for the free book tip.   

Feb 20, 2010 11:16 PM #8
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Russel.. Great list. I'll have to read some that are new to me. Thanks for putting it together!

Feb 23, 2010 05:13 AM #9
Chris & Karen Highland
eXp Realty - Frederick, MD
Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm!

The E-Myth was a very helpful book. So many of us get so busy working in our business, we forget to work on it.  Until we have no business, like a roller coaster!

Mar 13, 2010 03:11 AM #11
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Folks.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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