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The $100 Startup Audiobook

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mary Bottge SHOHOLA, PA, United States 06-01-12
    Mary Bottge SHOHOLA, PA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an accountant who enjoys writing - something of a rarity. My favorite reads are about working smarter and creative thinking in business.

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    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    The $100 Startup is an exceptional blend of conceptual, strategic and tactical advice. Well-presented and easy to listen to. Fans of Tim Ferris' 4-Hour Workweek will find The $100 Startup more practical but equally inspiring. In addition, while Ferris focuses on product sales, Guillebeau's advice applies to selling services as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The $100 Startup?

    The 37-point startup checklist stands out. It's a great way for listeners to feel comfortable they're not forgetting something major while starting their own business.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will search them out as a result of listening to them here.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes, you can - absolutely!


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Hudson Santa Fe, NM, USA 05-11-13
    Phil Hudson Santa Fe, NM, USA 05-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The $100 Startup to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The $100 Startup?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 03-28-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 03-28-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    If you could sum up The $100 Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Just Get Started


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was nice to know the different businesses and startups people have. Lots of testimonials and case studies


    What three words best describe Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performance?

    I would've liked it better if Chris narrated the whole thing. Thomas' voice just didn't pack the same punch.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have the Empire Building Kit, really all you need from this book is the overall key points

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Bloomfield, NJ, United States 08-20-12
    Steve Bloomfield, NJ, United States 08-20-12
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    "Tell me something I don't already know..."
    What disappointed you about The $100 Startup?

    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..


    Has The $100 Startup turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Try a little common sense. It doesn't cost anything.
    That's all this book is suggesting..


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was OK, content was redundant..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The $100 Startup?

    I wouldn't bother to publish this book..


    Any additional comments?

    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..

    18 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Omar 09-19-12
    Omar 09-19-12 Member Since 2016

    “As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker

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    "Couldn't get past chapter 6"

    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 !!!

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 09-10-12
    Kevin MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 09-10-12
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    Would you try another book from Chris Guillebeau and/or Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ?

    Yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The $100 Startup?

    People that would like a little more assurance that they are capable of starting their own business.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen however it was more a book of examples as opposed to instructional.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Sausalito, CA, USA 11-29-12
    Kevin Sausalito, CA, USA 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about The $100 Startup?

    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".


    What was most disappointing about Chris Guillebeau’s story?

    There were stroies told my many people but they were all the same story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ?

    Don't know.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I am angry that this man has stuffed the reviews of his rediculous book with slanted empty headed and obviously false commentary.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florida USA 09-30-16
    Amazon Customer Florida USA 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "inspiring"

    This is a very inspiring book with lots of stories about people doing what they love on a daily basis.

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    Lina Holbert Houston, TX, US 09-21-16
    Lina Holbert Houston, TX, US 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible reader, sorry"

    The person reading sounds like an arrogant a-hole. Reading paper version was so much more enjoyable, but I didn't have time to read so I had to get this audio version. And it's disgusting.

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    George Allen 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall a great book!"

    Tons of fantastic case studies and inspiration! Narrator was terrible though, like listening to one of those computers from the 90's speak. Very hard to stay engaged. I find it so much more valuable and engaging when the author reads his own work, the passion comes through. Great book though! Excellent content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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