We asked the VAs in the VA Pro Facebook Group what they’d been reading lately that had inspired them. Here’s a little round up of them all so that you can load up your Kindle before you go on your summer hols!

Your Brain At WorkYour Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long – David Rock

Why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources, Why it’s so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions, How to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems, How to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible and How to collaborate more effectively with others.



milliondollarwomenMillion Dollar Women: The Essential Guide to Taking Your Business Further, Faster, Julia Pimsleur

Women run an increasing number of businesses, but female entrepreneurs still tend to think small, and their companies rarely reach the heights of those of their male counterparts. Million Dollar Women will provide all women with a clear path for getting out of their own way, dreaming big, and reaching their most ambitious goals.


emythrevisitedThe E-Myth Revisited, Micheal Gerber

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business



processtoprofitProcess to Profit – systemise your business to build a high performing team and gain more time, more control and more profit. Marianne Page

This book will show you how process and systems can dramatically increase your revenue and reduce your costs, by supporting your people and making you both consistent, and easy to do business with. It will also show you how you can gain personally, by having: More CONTROL of every area of your operation , More TIME to work on your business not in it, and More PROFIT to grow the business you always dreamed of.


startwithwhyStart With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action – Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.


lifeinhalfasecondLife in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before it’s Too Late -Matthew Michalewicz

Life in Half a Second is the first “fact-based” formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.
beourguestBe Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service – The Disney Institute

Exceeding expectations rather than simply satisfying them is the cornerstone of the Disney approach to customer service. Here are the key processes and best practices that have made Disney a trusted and revered brand around the world for more than 85 years.



Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.


pilottoprofitPilot to Profit: Navigating Modern Entrepreneurship to Build Your Business Using Online Marketing – Lisa Larter

Ready to generate sales, build brand buzz, and watch your cash flow soar? “Pilot to Profit” clears up the confusion of modern entrepreneurship—so you can build a smart, successful and sustainable business with sky-high returns. Do I really need to be on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter? How do these other people command such high fees (and how can I?) How do I double my profits this year without doubling the work?



businesssuperheroesBusiness For Superheroes: From Scraping The Bottom To Six Figures In Just Six Months – Vicky Fraser

This is that book. It’s a complete guide, warts and all, to how I’ve grown my business from struggling along at the bottom of the heap to six figures and beyond in just six months. And how, if you put it into action yourself, you can do it too.
In essence, it’s the lazy tramp’s guide to getting a bucketload more done than you ever thought possible, despite the fact that you’d rather stay in bed and eat biscuits.


freedomfrombossesFreedom from Bosses Forever – Tony Robinson

The fictional fashionista,and narrator of the story, Leonora Soculitherz (So-cool-it-hurts) takes the reader on a journey of discovery. Soculitherz (single celebrity name like Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, Cher and Batman) investigates a government and big business conspiracy whilst unearthing, along the way, the bare essentials of ‘own business’ success.




4hourworkweekThe 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferris

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.


howtowinfriendsHow to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Dale’s advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to:
– make friends quickly and easily
– increase your popularity
– persuade people to follow your way of thinking
– enable you to win new clients and customers
– become a better speaker
– boost enthusiasm among your colleagues



beawesomeHow To Be F*cking Awesome – Dan Meredith

If you’ve been looking for a kick up the backside to finally launch that business, start a new project you’ve been putting off or just become all round awesome, this book is for you. Why do some people have an awesome life, plenty of money, amazing friends and a business to love while others struggle at every step, are constantly broke and can never get out of the daily grind?