As a private practice owner, you know that there is always more to learn. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the 5 best business books for private practice owners.
These books will teach you everything from how to market your business effectively to how to manage your finances and staff. So if you’re looking for some new reading material, look no further!
Also, I’m a simple guy. I like complex frameworks and ideas distilled down to a 5th grade (non-Common Core) level. All these books do just that for us.
Affiliate disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small commission from the creator for recommending the tool/software. Using the links does not cost you anything extra, and helps me to off-set the costs of creating content like this.
1. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
by Donald Miller
Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 | 6,803 ratings
I’m a certified Storybrand Guide because this branding framework works. It’s the starting point for all my partnership clients and my consulting clients to build their brands and their group practices.
Clarify your message and your ideal client will choose you over the competition. It’s the #1 marketing tool that I use to make my clients money. Plus, you’ll love the process: it’s all about the hero’s journey.
(NOTE: if you’re not into reading books and more into watching courses, you can sign up for Business Made Simple and take the Building a StoryBrand course, along with other amazing courses, for a ridiculous $275 a YEAR).
2. Marketing Made Simple: A Step-by-Step StoryBrand Guide for Any Business
by Donald Miller & Dr. J.J. Peterson
Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 | 1,573 ratings
,If you don’t know what to put on your website, this book is for you. Practice owners need to amplify their brand message and building a website and creating sales funnel is the #1 way do it.
This is a simple step-by-step guide for amplifying your brand to your community and ideal client.
(NOTE: The Marketing Made Simple course can also be consumed by video as well over at Business Made Simple. They are the best business courses you’ll find at that price).
3. Clockwork, Revised and Expanded: Design Your Business to Run Itself
by Mike Michalowicz
Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 | 730 ratings
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by business management, would like to work less, and take a 4 week vacation and have your practice run like clockwork, then this book (revised and expanded!) is perfect for you.
It’s a comprehensive way to look at your business so your business will finally work for YOU. It will make you a smarter buisness owner as well.
4. Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
by Mike Michalowicz
Amazon Rating: 4.8 out of 5 | 6,673 ratings
This book fundamentally changed the way I do business finances. It’s the financial system I have all my partnership clients incorporate.
If you implement profit first method you will:
- Have enough to pay yourself.
- Have enough to pay your expenses.
- Have enough money saved for taxes.
- Have enough for business savings.
- Take profit for yourself and enjoy the cash.
It removes financial ambiguity.
It makes running a business a lot of fun.
5. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Amazon Rating: 4.6 out of 5 | 8,119 ratings
If you’re terrible at coaching up, this book is for you. Even though you’re a therapist, and probably a good listener, it doesn’t always translate into coaching your team.
This book will help you unlock your team’s potential, whether that’s your assistant, intake coordinator, or clinicians.
It has an insane amount of positive Amazon reviews. I concur.
BONUS: How to Grow Your Small Business: A 6-Step Plan to Help Your Business Take Off
by Donald Miller
I’ve seen the content. I’m already implementing the framework for my own business and partnership clients’ practices. It’s going to be revolutionary for small business owners like you.
Seriously. You don’t need a business degree anymore. This framework is simple and practical!