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Reviews of Profit Improvement Books

These profit improvement books look at how you can improve your bottom line profits, either by increasing sales volumes, increasing sales prices and margins or reducing costs.

An argument can be made that pretty much all business books will indirectly help you to increase profit (or avoid a costly mistake) – whether they are about marketing, sales training, managing your staff or managing projects. I’ve tried to be more selective, either based on the contents or the title.

These books have a much more direct focus. If your business is struggling, I recommend you take a look at the books about Getting Unstuck and the Business Turnaround books as well. These tackle business performance issues from different angles.

You have a choice. You can either go to the very best books, these are the 5 Star Profit Improvement books, the 4 & 5 star books I’ve called the best Profit Improvement books and all the Profit Improvement books.

The difference between a four star book and five star book can be small. When I’m considering my rating I’ll sometimes think a book is worth 4.4 stars and round down, other books might be worth 4.6 stars and I round up.

There are a lot of profit improvement books reviewed. Here are links to the other pages – page 2page 3page 4page 5 – page 6

The full title of this book by Brad Sugars is

The Apprentice Billionaire’s Guide to Cashflow: Turn On the Cashflow and Keep Your Business Booming

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

A very lazy update of Instant Cash Flow

The only book by Brad Sugars I’ve every recommended and refer back to regularly is called “Instant CashFlow“.

This is a lazily updated version because the original book has become very dated since it was published in 2000. [continue reading…]

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Turnover Is Vanity, Profit Is Sanity by Dan Bradbury

The full title of this book by Dan Bradbury is

Turnover Is Vanity, Profit Is Sanity: 9 1/2 Steps to Improving Your Profits & Cashflow

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

A thoughtful guide to managing your business for more profit

There are two versions of the banker’s mantra this book is named after. Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity and
1) cash flow is king (as quoted in the book)
2) cash flow is reality (my preferred version).

It’s a saying I’ve used regularly as a financial director and as a business coach. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Charles E. Gaudet II is

The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market – And Staying On Top

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 5 Stars rating. This means it is Excellent.

Here is my book review.

An excellent guide to business growth

I bought and read this outstanding book back in 2015 but for some reason, I didn’t review it [continue reading…]

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The Success Principles by Darren Stephens

The full title of this book by Darren Stephens is

The Success Principles: 15 Secrets to Multiplying Your Business Profits

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 3 Stars rating. This means it is Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Packed with tips so why don’t I like it more?

The book is a list of business tips with fairly brief explanations.

It is packed with practical, positive advice and I’ve only got a few quibbles about what’s written. It’s easy enough to read.

That said, I have a problem. I don’t like it and I can’t really explain why.

It draws heavily on Jay Abraham style marketing. That shouldn’t be a problem because I’m a big fan although it means I’ve heard it all before.

It seems to lack a unifying structure. That’s not uncommon with tips books.

It’s quite promotional and I wonder if there’s an undeclared affiliate link. Hints to his mastermind are scattered through the text and there are quite a few adverts for the author at the back of the book.

A fair rating is probably 4 stars but I feel this is one of many similar books and some have been done better. If I was you, I’d start with “Getting Everything You Can…” by Jay Abraham. It’s old but it’s an original source of many of these ideas. If you want something with the Internet, I recommend Digital Marketing for Dummies by Ryan Deiss.

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The full title of this book by Kristen Cox and Yishai Ashlag is

Stop Decorating the Fish: Which problems to ignore and which problems really matter

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 2 Stars.

Here is my review.

Nice idea, disappointing delivery

I thought this was a very good idea but, as soon as I opened the kindle book, I realised there is a problem. It’s not in the normal kindle format but instead, a two page pdf style book in landscape format. This has the advantage of presenting the diagrams and images fairly well but the disadvantage that the text was a little too small to read easily and I couldn’t highlight sentences of interest. [continue reading…]

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The Profits Principles by Steven Briginshaw

The full title of this book by Steven Bringinshaw is

The Profits Principles: The practical guide to building an extraordinary business around doing what you love“.

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I rated it as a FOUR stars book which means I think it is very good.

Here is what I wrote.

A very good book packed with general business advice

This book is loosely written around the acronym PROFITS. This stands for Plan, Realise, Optimise, Focus, Improve, Tax and Systemise and, as you can see, this is forced and you have to learn how to interpret the individual words.

While I was reading it, I was hearing echoes of the classic small business guide, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. This has the added benefit of avoiding that book’s syrupy writing style while providing more practical “how to do it” guidance. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Scott Hallman is

The 7 Success Drivers to HyperGrowth: How America’s Fastest Growing Entrepreneurial Companies Achieve Greatness“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the FIVE Stars level, this means that I consider it excellent.

Here is what I posted.

Packed with important lessons

Many years ago, I bought an excellent audio training product by the author that provided detailed implementation advice for Jay Abraham style marketing and profit building strategies. Since then he’s been one of my favourite experts and I’ve been looking forward to the time when he publishes his first book. [continue reading…]

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Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

The full title of this book by Verne Harnish is

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated it as a FOUR Stars book, meaning that I think its in the range of good to very good.

Here is what I posted.

How you can grow past the normal constraints on growth

This is an interesting book which looks at how you can push past the constraints which stop most businesses from growing.

It’s split into four sections – people, strategy, execution and cash.

I started reading it and throughout the People section, I was convinced this was going to be a five star book but, the more I read, the more I was tempted to knock off one star. [continue reading…]

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Hidden Profits by Richard Legg

The full title of this book by Richard Legg is

Hidden Profits: Get more sales, bigger profits and greater freedom by unlocking the invisible revenue sources that already exist in your business“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated this book at the Four Stars level, meaning I consider it to be in the good to very good range.

Here is my review.

Focused on Internet Marketing businesses

This is an interesting book about increasing profit without taking big risks on new marketing campaigns. It is written for Internet marketing businesses but many of the ideas can be applied to more conventional businesses although you’ll have to do more thinking about how you can adapt the ideas. [continue reading…]

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Business SOS by Paul Avins

The full title of this book my Paul Avins is

Business SOS: 173 Proven, Fast-Acting Strategies to take Your Business from Surviving to Thriving“.

It won’t be a surprise for you to know that I couldn’t resist reading this since I abbreviate my free Business Second Opinion Sessions to Business SOS.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a Four stars rating. This means that I feel it is in the good to very good category.

Here is my review.

Plenty of ideas to increase sales and profit

This is a good summary of how to improve the results of a business that draws on the ideas of many well known “gurus”.

If you’ve read many small business success books, I don’t think it will include much that’s new to you but, even so, it is a good reminder of what you should be doing.

[continue reading…]

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