In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.
Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth - he's already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a "real job" or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.
There are many others like Chris - those who've found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful. Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn't depend on shelving what you currently do. You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you're sure it's successful.
In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.
Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment. It’s all about finding the intersection between your "expertise" - even if you don’t consider it such - and what other people will pay for. You don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.
Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars his group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick. Among Chris’s key principles: if you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish - sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.
In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold. Today, we know that it’s up to us to change our lives. And the best part is, if we change our own life, we can help others change theirs. This remarkable book will start you on your way.
©2012 Chris Guillebeau (P)2012 Random House
"Thoughtful, funny, and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of the number-one New York Times best seller The Happiness Project)
"The $100 Startup is a twofer: It's a kick in the pants to get started on your dream and a road map for finding your way once you begin. If you're not ready to launch your own business after reading this book, you need to go back and read it again!" (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind)
"In this valuable guide Chris Guillebeau shows that transforming an idea into a successful business can be easier than you think…. You are in charge of which ideas deserve your time, and this book can help you wake up every morning eager to progress to the next step." (Tony Hsieh, New York Times best-selling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com)
I really wanted to like this book after several recommendations, but I couldn't focus on anything but the robot like voice of the narrator.
It might be a good actual read vs. listen.
This book is very interesting! I have read so called " start up" business books but this one takes the cake! This is something that anyone with a creative idea can use! this book has me looking at my own small business in a different way! Its time to get innovative and make some real money! Just love this book!
Say something about yourself!
I recommend this book, I like the narrator and there is tons of good info in it. I have been listening to a lot of marketing books and I got the most "notes to use for later" out of this one than any other so far. Gets a thumbs up from me.
I have bought all the "Best 50 Jobs to Work Out of Your Home"-type books over the years.
This is the best by far because it shows how to tailor your own future based on your own skills and interests, and has excellent examples of people who have actually done this.
The author has done a tremendous amount of research to produce this book. So it was not just a one-off book written from the kitchen table.
I think everybody should get this book to understand its philosophy and to help protect against the future.
Very highly recommended.
Right up there with the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, this book delivers in ways that are just as revolutionary, but probably MORE usable...
Before I bought this book, I had found that The Art of Non-Conformity was the only real follow up to Ferriss's work, but Chris Guillebeau has now over-delivered and really developed a capstone to what my searches have uncovered in the last two years on digital nomadism and innovative, one-person entrepreneurship.
But this is not only a book about those things. Chris outlines EVERY form that new-school small business takes; and EVERY contemporary method of measuring how well those forms work.
I cannot recommend it highly enough; it is destined to become an anchor title for small business.
I was glad to see this title in audio book format, as it's much easier for me to listen to business books than actually read one. Like those case studies in the book, I too am a micro-entrepreneur who started my business on a shoestring. It was inspiring to hear stories from others who have found great success starting out the same way I have. It reinforces the 'Follow your passion" stream of thought as well.
That said, the narration made it a less than stellar listen. To me it sounded almost like a computerized voice, lacking the very passion the book was talking about. I could only listen in short time periods before the robotic voice started blending into the background and I realized I had missed large chunks of the story he was telling.
I am an avid audiobook listener. 90% of them relate to business and entrepreneurship. I listen when I go running or mountain biking. When I first began listening to this book, I liked it. I didn't learn anything specific, but it did help my brain process some ideas I'm currently working on. As I continued to listen, however, I began noticing contradictions in what he was saying. Then I began noticing the promotion of subtle falsehoods that a new entrepreneur would not notice. While listening to the end of the audiobook, while biking on one of my favorite bike trails, I exclaimed out loud several things like, "This guy is a hypocrite," and "This guy is an idiot," and "This book is poison for new entrepreneurs."
I have never given a book this harsh of a review. Seasoned and successful entrepreneurs will see right through this book, but my fear is that new entrepreneurs will eat this up. It's written in a way that mingles a lot of sound advice with advice that is crippling.
If you are a new entrepreneur, skip this book, and replace it with the following 3 Books:
Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
It's an academic study... not based on personal experience. He takes stories of both success and failure and interprets their results with his own spin. I've had many similar experiences to the stories he shared, and saw right through his terrible advice.
I don't think so
Nothing, this book was painful to listen to.
Most of the stories were about hippie art projects, craft stores, mattress delivery on a bike, etc etc. Many of the examples are from Portland Oregon and he is trying so hard to be Tim Ferris but he fails miserably.
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.
It is a great book; it motivated me and encouraged me to continue with my own business. I combined both, the audiobook and the ebook, so I could read it faster. It kept me interested all the time with all the stories and tips to be used in a daily basis. I felt identified with most of the people in the book, and really liked that the author spent a lot of time researching and interviewing real and average people like me.
There is just one thing that I did not like, and that is that in some cases the author underestimated the initial investment required by an entrepreneurship needs to start a business without having a job: I might not need thousands of dollars to start up a business, but if someone doesn’t have a job and a fix income what about the cost of living and other regular expenses?, this should be added to the initial investment as labor cost or payroll at least for yourself.
"Some good food for thought"
Many different ideas and makes you really think about embarking on that startup. Well done
"Great reference, compelling story, poor voice over"
Generally enjoyed the content of the audiobook, lots of inspiring stories, only spoilt by the robot voice over.
Perhaps buy the book instead.
I've literally swallowed this audio in 2 days. The only reason why I couldn't finish it in 1 day was that I had to frequently stop to make notes of ideas and enhancements about my own business that were pouring to my head while listening to this audiobook.
A life-changing experience...
Really enjoyed this book. I liked the examples used, which ranged from micro businesses make under £40 to larger ones. This might be the first book I've sat down and taken notes!
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