15 Best FREE business audiobooks

Free business audiobooks

“By reeducating the mind, you can accept fear as simply a fact of life rather than a barrier to success.” -Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Susan Jeffers)

Nobody just rolls out of bed in the morning one day and discovers that they are suddenly and amazing businessman or businesswoman. To be successful in business takes grit, determination, experience, and constant education. If you start your day with one of these amazing and free business audiobooks, you are taking the first step towards advancing your career and becoming the businessperson that is the envy of the entire office.

1.) Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great is the culmination of Jim Collin's five-year research project into why the typical business plateaus. By understanding why some businesses fail to grow, modern business-people will be able to avoid these traps and pitfalls and set their business and themselves up for compounding success. According to Collin's, mediocre companies (and even bad companies) can achieve enduring greatness by following this framework.

2.) The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

Although many people have heard of the 80/20 principle (the idea that 80% of the output comes from the most important 20% of the effort), but not a lot of people have actually put a lot of thought into how to leverage it in their daily life. In his book, Richard Koch explores how the Pareto principle can be applied proactively to business, as well as numerous other areas of your life.

3.) Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher & William Ury

This is a classic business book for salespeople in nearly any industry, or indeed any businessperson who has to negotiate regularly. This book outlines a proven strategy to resolving negotiation disagreements in a way that results in both parties leaving the table feeling successful.

4.) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill interviews some of the best businessmen (from Henry Ford to John.D. Rockefeller) of his generation. Although written about his business contemporaries back in 1917 (20 years before it's 1937 release), the idea it describes are timeless and still applicable to the modern business world.

5.) Crushing It! (How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too) by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary interviews dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who eschewed the traditional corporate path to follow their dreams (in business, personal brands, and more) and distills the lessons learned into practicable theories.

6.) The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

This 1910 book is Wattles' best known work, and has been widely quoted in print. According to Wattles, once you learn some of the laws and tenets which guide wealth acquisition, getting rich will naturally fall into place - it's all about developing a vision, strengthening willpower, and cultivating gratitude.

7.) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Far more than just a self-help book, this business audiobook is based on the original best-selling 1936 book. As fast as the business world is changing, the art of building rapport with colleagues, prospective clients, and even competitors is timeless. Dale Carnegie is also the author of The Art of Public Speaking, another extremely important skill for the modern workplace.

8.) The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss takes the perspective of the nomad entrepreneur. This popular concept helps modern business-people escape the drudgery of the typical office environment in favor of less traditional self-employment ideas. He describes how he was able to achieve this in his own life, and how you can emulate his success.

9.) Extraordinary Leadership by Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma has assisted CEOs, famous entrepreneurs, rock stars and royalty get from average to world-class. Now you can benefit from the extraordinary experience and talent of one of the world's top leadership development experts and success coaches, right in the comfort of your own home.

10.) Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar

While at first glance this may seem geared towards salespeople in particular, don't write this one off just yet. Selling takes place in all aspects of our careers, as well as in our personal lives. By stepping back and examining the sales techniques we use (whether when pitching a project at work or when talking to our children), we can become better overall contributors.

11.) Business Adventures by John Brooks

These twelve tales of business and Wall Street read more as historical fiction, but they're as true as they are entertaining. This happens to be one of Bill Gate's favorite books, and the dramatization makes it accessible for almost any reader.

12.) The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne

Salesman, entrepreneurs and employers alike will find this audiobook a source of inspiration. The Go Getter is the story of William Peck, a war veteran and amputee who struggles to find employment but ultimately proves himself more competent than his counterparts.

13.) Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

This book takes a very unique approach on business negotiation by modeling it after lessons learned in real-life FBI hostage negotiations. While it may seem counter-intuitive, professional hostage negotiator Chris Voss has uncovered many similarities between the two situations that will be useful for many novice negotiators - no matter what the stakes are.

14.) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Stephen Covey's monumental concept of paradigm shift led to him selling over 40 million copies of this well-known book. It is touted by presidents, CEOs, educators, and parents as transformative and timeless.

15.) High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard, a #1 New York Times best-selling author and "the world's leading high performance coach", walks you through the six habits that make the biggest impact towards reaching and sustaining long-term success. In this compelling book, he explains why some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and maintain that level of success over the long term.

There are a lot of reasons to want success in your job. Succeeding in business means more money, a better office, more control over your work life, and the respect and admiration of your peers. But, it does not come easy. Ask any CEO - it comes with stress and no small amount of sacrifices. That said, there are a number of things that you can do to give yourself a leg up. Even the smallest head start can mean winning that promotion ahead of your coworker or being considered for that coveted new position. But how can you prepare yourself to succeed in business while you are still trying to attend to the rigors of your day to day job responsibilities?

The answer is that you have to get creative with your learning. Find small blocks of time that are otherwise wasted, and use them to your advantage. For example, if you have a 30 minute commute and you usually just zone out to talk radio or pop music, try listening to audiobooks about business instead. That's a full hour a day (five hours a week or at least 20 hours a month!) of previously squandered time that could be repurposed towards honing your business acumen.

You can also listen to these free business audiobooks at the gym, while folding laundry, while walking the dog, or while unloading the dishwasher. These small investments of time will go a long way. So, check out this list and put yourself on the right track!

10 best FREE business audiobooks. Check out these 10 FREE business audiobooks that you can listen to on your drive, on the train, or any time you want to start taking the steps to career success.

Take the first step towards career success - by educating yourself about business with these free audiobooks.

We love to use audiobooks to learn about business because:

  • You can go at your own pace

  • You can multi-task (here's something constructive to do while commuting, washing dishes, or taking the dog out for a walk!)

  • You are more likely to continue to be motivated

And they're free*! Enjoy!

*Audiobooks are free with Amazon Audible Free Trial. Includes two free audiobooks, choose from 180,000+ titles, after 30 days, Audible is $14.95/mo. Cancel anytime. Affiliate links are in use on this site when they are available, which means that SmartCityMoney may be receive a referral fee. Your purchase price does not change (yep, still free!)

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