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Financial Foreplay by Rhondalynn Korolak – a lovely book to read if you want to understand more about finance. Amazon.co.uk
Loan Sharp by Rob Warlow – a book on raising finance written by a senior ex-banker who now helps SME businesses to find loans. Amazon.co.uk
Genghis Khan Guide to Business by Brian Charles John Warnes – I was recommended this book shortly after I passed my final accountancy exams to help me to understand the way finance really works in a business. It’s still my favourite finance book. Amazon.co.uk
The Best Laid Business Plans: How to Write Them, How to Pitch Them by P Barrow – Identifies four types of business plan and guides you through what’s needed. Amazon.co.uk
Introduction to Investing in Startups – Creating your own custom system for saying yes or no to offers to invest in new businesses by Karl Dakin – a useful guide to reviewing an investment decision and therefore it’s useful to see the other perspective if you want to raise money. Amazon.co.uk
The One Page Business Plan: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Write a Business Plan by Jane Horan – A very interesting way to develop or summarise your plans for a business. Amazon.co.uk
Designing KPIs to Drive Process Improvement by Giles Johnston – A short, easy to read guide about measuring process improvement. Amazon.co.uk
Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff – A fascinating approach to making a pitch about your business to investors or customers. Amazon.co.uk
Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step: Maximizing Performance and Maintaining Results by Paul Nixon – this is a terrific book but a) the author has a more recent book on the topic and b) some of the diagrams don’t work well on a kindle. Amazon.co.uk
Finance for the Perplexed Executive by Ray Proctor – A comprehensive look at finance written from a slightly different perspective than normal. Amazon.co.uk
Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any – Practical Cash Flow Strategies for Small Business: Volume 1: Dealing with Vendors by Lori Schafer – Very practical guide to managing payments to suppliers. Amazon.co.uk
Finance on a Beermat by Mike Southon et al – For those who want to understand more about finance and even have a finance cornerstone. Amazon.co.uk
The Secret to Increasing Your Profits – An Introduction to Breakeven Analysis by Vincent Turner – Short and simple explanation of break even analysis. Amazon.co.uk
The Bottom Line: Practical Financial Management in Business by Alan Warner – Finance lessons built into a love story. Amazon.co.uk
Accounting For Throughput by David Dugdale and T Jones – An early look at Accounting for Throughput consistent with the Theory of Constraints. Amazon.co.uk
The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action by Robert Kaplan and David Norton – this is the first book from the authors about the balanced scorecard concept. Amazon.co.uk
Developing Meaningful Key Performance Indicators by Clive Keyte – it explains a seven step methodology to developing KPI with plenty of sensible advice but it’s a bit dull. Amazon.co.uk
Scale Up: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level Without Losing Control and Running Out of Cash by Colin Mills – A long promotion for the role of part time finance director. Amazon.co.uk
Value Above Cost: Driving Superior Financial Performance with CVA, the Most Important Metric You’ve Never Used by Donald L. Sexton – an interesting link between finance and marketing but it’s quite academic and not really suited to smaller businesses. Amazon.co.uk
Traditional Measures in Finance and Accounting, Problems, Literature Review, and TOC Measures (Chapter 13 of Theory of Constraints Handbook) by Charlene Spoede Budd – Interesting but the layout of the examples could be better. Amazon.co.uk
The Genghis Khan Guide to Business: Cashflow Handbook by Brian Charles John Warnes – Disappointing follow up to a brilliant explanation of business finance dynamics. Amazon.co.uk
The Balanced Scorecard by Dr Donald Gusfa, Kenneth Gusfra and Daniel Stanley – too simple and short. Amazon.co.uk
Fantastic Finance: Cost Volume Profit Analysis by Mohit Pandey – Dreadful. Incomprehensible in Kindle format
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