This book was as well-written as its reviews would lead me to believe. Guillebeau weaves a generous serving of examples into his guides and advice on the steps necessary to start and build a personal small business. It inspired me to try new things and emphasize different parts of my business.
Normally, I go for audiobooks read by the author. Absolutely no one can read better than the author during quotes; he alone can hear the interviewee's voice in his head. Guillebeau only read us a foreword, but Thomas Vincent Kelly's performance was the best non-author reading that I can remember. Unlike most non-authors, Kelly rarely emphasized the wrong word in a sentence. On the other hand, he read with the enthusiasm that the author intended; instead of a monotone, Kelly let himself get excited when the passage called for it. I'll be looking for more audiobooks read by Kelly.
I have not read the print version, but intend to acquire it as the audio version appears to refer to useful tables in the print version. So, no, the print version is not necessarily better than the print version.
That successful businesses do not require debt, lost equity, or huge sums of money and that everyone knows how to do something.
Hearing the author read their own work removes most of the consideration of performance from the presentation, which is useful in a non-fiction work. The presentation is easier to consume.
I experienced no extreme reaction; no laughing, no crying
This is a good book that contains, many useful ideas, hints, tips, and insights. It was worth the buy and listen and served to move me forward on creating the life I want. Also, it made me aware of the risk of buying a job, which is not what I want.
Never from the author
Make is a 1-page article
He tried, but his task was hopeless
The very few redeeming qualities were buried is pages of self-aggrandizement by the author and a hopeless number of personal stories which were force-fit to the author’s slim thesis.
This book was painful from the outset with flashes of insight (“people must be willing to pay for your business offer”) so blindingly obvious that it made me wince.
Definitely recommend this to anyone looking to make their own way. It's both inspiring and practical.
The online resources are a fabulous take away for anyone who wants to apply the ideas in the book.
I really liked the case studies showing time and again how any small idea can make a big impact. Generosity is the key to success. Find out what people want and then find a way to get it to them at a fair market value.
I have not read the print version, so I can't really answer this one. I will say that with the steps he lays out the print version will probably make it easier to bookmark and review.
The coolest part of this was when the author hit right on the issues I have been contemplating for my business' next steps. He laid out a clear plan of how to accomplish what I want to achieve.
Hearing form the author was awesome. I wish he would have performed the entire book. Thomas Vincent Kelly spoke too slow. At 1.25x speed he sounded normal.
The author is a huge proponent of generating quality and value. This was key as too often in business we think only of how to make money. But providing value really is the key to making money. Why would someone pay for something if there is no value in it?
Anyone looking to start any form of business, especially an online business, should read this book. I put it right up there with Timothy Ferris' "4 Hour Work Week" in terms of helpful information and completeness. You owe it to yourself to reach this book, and then you owe it to your future clientele and customers to follow the processes he lays out. After listening to this book the first time, I immediately recommended it to several friends I have been coaching on how to get a business off the ground. A must read!
Yes, actually listened twice to get all the pearls
Street smarts another book of practical business pearls
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Just Get Started
It was nice to know the different businesses and startups people have. Lots of testimonials and case studies
I would've liked it better if Chris narrated the whole thing. Thomas' voice just didn't pack the same punch.
If you have the Empire Building Kit, really all you need from this book is the overall key points
This the beginning and end of this book are enormously helpful. It let me see what kinds of things are possible, and inspired some valuable new thinking.
A great deal of the midsection of the book is a retread of the old "How to get rich by writing ebooks about how to get rich by writing ebooks" schtick from the 90s. That certainly is annoying, but I wouldn't let it stop me from making the most of the valuable insights that are here.
I would probably not listen to it again because of the narration, which simply didn't reflect the author's voice and intention. I've heard the author speak on podcasts, and can't imagine why the publisher didn't have him narrate the book. It would have been a much richer experience.
The narration sounded almost like it was computerized, lacking the enthusiasm the author clearly had when writing the book.
I enjoyed all the stories and the fact that the author interviewed a whole lot of people and not just a handful. I was also pleased to hear one person interviewed who is doing the exact same thing as me.
This is not the only book of this sort and maybe not the best either, but it is a quick listen, provides a little perspective, and maybe a little motivation. The truth is that the economy is changing and the Information age has changed the concept of small business. It's no longer about the "mom 'n pop shop" and more about the self-motivated and savvy entrepreneur. If nothing else, this book can help get you thinking in that paradigm.