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.
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
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.
I had asked an entrepreneur some questions about how she made her money really. During the exchange she mentioned that she was reading this book and that she enjoyed it. Having seen it listed on Audible I thought I would give it a try. I was not sorry. I will listen to it again. The reading style is unusual, but did not detract from the information or enjoyment for me.
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.