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 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!
Book nerd for life!
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
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.
Start a business with little money, doing something you already know..
How is this new information?
I didn't need to spend $12 to hear this..
Try a little common sense. It doesn't cost anything.
That's all this book is suggesting..
Narrator was OK, content was redundant..
I wouldn't bother to publish this book..
So you know how to bake a cake?
Why not try to bake and actually sell some cake?
What a novel idea...
It's never been done before.
Save your money on this book..
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker
Too shallow! The whole book is summarized in one sentence" here are some examples of people who could do an amazing job be having thier own businesses" nothing about how though !!!
People that would like a little more assurance that they are capable of starting their own business.
A good listen however it was more a book of examples as opposed to instructional.
Mr. Guillebeau has selected a wonderful title for his book but that's about it. The content is just not there so instead he repeats himself endlessly, it's really depressing. It goes somehting like this, "Sally gave up her job which she hated and began doing something that she loves but she didn't spend any money doing it...now she's a big success." Just repeat that to yourself 20 times and change the name with each repitition and you have basicly read the book.
My question is who is writting these glowing reviews and why do they all sound so suspiciously similiar? I really can't believe that anyone who didn't fall off the back of a turnup truick yesterday truely found this book to be a "good read, inspirational, or actionable".
There were stroies told my many people but they were all the same story.
I am angry that this man has stuffed the reviews of his rediculous book with slanted empty headed and obviously false commentary.
I actually thought this book was going to be something totally different than what it was. I really love this book it went in depth and broke down a lot of information necessary information needed for small business owners who started businesses for under $100 and gave a lot of good information that is needed and I really enjoyed it I actually listen to it in about 2 or 3 days... try it you'll like it.
Tons of examples. I wasn't expecting so many, but they turned out be very helpful and inspirational. These stories framed the narrative of the book. I only would liked to have seen the more intricate details and methodologies behind of businesses rather than their motivation and ultimate sucess.
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