Inspiring, refreshing, actionable.
This is kind of similar to the 4-Hour Work Week, but they differ vastly in their values. I consider $100 Startup more in line with my own particular values.
I love Guillebeau's emphasis on crafting a business that delivers genuine value to the world, something truly useful, that solves a real problem, or otherwise helps others in a meaningful way. And he himself delivers on truly visionary ways to achieve it, in ways that allow people to express their individuality. That is refreshingly different some of the other books I've read that teach readers clever ways to deceive people or trick them out of their money, or get them out of your way once they've given you their money.
I also like the counterpoint he creates between all his case studies and all the supposedly tried and true methods of building businesses. You don't have to spend months writing a business plan. You don't have to borrow tons of money. You don't have to destroy someone else to ensure your own success. You don't have to become big to be sustainable. Many other crusty old ideas of how to succeed in a small business are shattered by a large, diverse body of real-life case studies.
Yesterday's disenfranchised are becoming today's "new rich", and they travel light. Literally.
I'm an entrepreneur, engineer, software developer, father, devoted christian.
a valid approach to starting a business
I like the fact that he emphasized another route to starting a business. Most people think you just need an idea, then get a bunch a money from an angel, investor or bank (selling part of your non-existent company or going into debt), then you hit it big. The approach in the book is much more realistic. Start something small, grow it and self fund your growth.
The story telling was inspiring and well done.
The most moving point was the story of the guy that had the solid successful job, then was suddenly laid off and accidentally fell into his own business by just getting involved with something.
I wish I had read (listened to) this book before starting my company. I probably would have been much more successful.
This book provides good solid practical advice. However I read a lot of business books and found myself getting bored by basic information like communicate benefits vs. features. I was disappointed as I found his previous book, the Art of Non-Conformity so much more interesting.
Excellent book for small business owners to get motivated and see past the obstacles to moving forward. Listened to it three times the last few weeks to get as many nuggets of wisdom and advice I can take from it.
As an entrepreneur I was able to relate to a lot of the stories in this book. I chose to start a larger company, but sometimes I wonder if I wouldn't be better of with a $500 Startup.
If you're looking to start a small lifestyle business than this is the book for you!
I loved to hear the success stories. I couldn't believe some of them actually made it. There was a couple who drew maps and started selling them for a living. I was so intrigued that I had to visit their website just to see what made their maps so special.
I enjoyed the brief mention of a young man who started a website worth $1,000,000 just by selling the webpage pixels to advertisers. That was truly out of the box thinking.
No, I listened to it between projects and on the road.
This book didn't really present any new innovative ideas, however, it was a fun read and if you are in the middle of starting a business this book could serve as great inspiration.
Yes, I plan to review the info and put some of it into practice
It's a good complement to The 4 Hour Work Week
Being an entrepreneur myself I really got a lot out of this book. I liked that there was a great deal of research and case studies that were used to create the material for this book. It was well read and engaging, would definitely read/ listen to more from this author.
Both practical and engaging, with well researched ideas and plenty of stories, I found this book to be very helpful. The author has collected excellent stories from folks across the world who have started up businesses of their own. Each gives more light to the process, and in the end, the book becomes not only inspiring but practical as well.
Having gone to Chris's book signing tour in Chicago made my connection to his book extra special. Especially after seeing so many enthusiasts attend who want to live life in their own terms. I think this book is witness to a major change in the way we do business.
A life fully lived
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to create a life for themselves in their own terms. There are great examples of how people started a business with little or no money, just using their enthusiasm, creativity and seizing opportunities as they appered. I think knowing it worked for others (and how it happened) really helps in going after what you love.