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.
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.