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

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

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. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.
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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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    TX2PDX Portland OR 07-03-12
    TX2PDX Portland OR 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is no 4 hour work week."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, this book was painful to listen to.


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

    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.


    3 of 4 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 2000
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    "His family must be writting these glowin reviews"
    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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    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 06-06-13
    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 06-06-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Hoplessly, insultingly elementary"
    Would you try another book from Chris Guillebeau and/or Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ?

    Never from the author


    What could Chris Guillebeau have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make is a 1-page article


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He tried, but his task was hopeless


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

    The very few redeeming qualities were buried is pages of self-aggrandizement by the author and a hopeless number of personal stories which were force-fit to the author’s slim thesis.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was painful from the outset with flashes of insight (“people must be willing to pay for your business offer”) so blindingly obvious that it made me wince.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Riga, Latvia 09-17-14
    Laura Riga, Latvia 09-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Have achieved significant success in business and personal life through self-help & education books.

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    "a perfect no budget business guide"
    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    It contains no fancy BS Apple or CocaCola stories. It talks about real small businesses - their journeys, their wins and fails; about simple people with no special skill or talent who have done it - who REALLY HAVE start-up business out of their room/basement - so why shouldn't you?!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    all it did - was make me go out and DO what I was supposed to, not plainly ponder on thought about what life would be like if I wasn't tied to someone else's business in 9am-5pm office gig, but my own!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Woodbury 07-14-14
    N. Woodbury 07-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book is poison for new entrepreneurs"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    What could Chris Guillebeau have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performances?

    I don't think so


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Morales 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Difficult to get past the bad narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The content is solid, but the lifeless, robotic narration is intolerable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A younger (not necessarily) voice that speaks w/ passion and enthusiasm would better capture the spirit of this book. I'm continually baffled by the choice of narrators on works that are clearly geared towards people with drive and ambition. Why would we want to hear something so dry and bland?


    What didn’t you like about Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performance?

    Dry, bland, and robotic to the point of extreme distraction. I wish I could appreciate the author's words without continually thinking "My ears are going to start bleeding soon."


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

    Don't listen to it. Read the actual book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm kicking myself for wasting my credit on this one, but I was really excited to hear such relevant stories. I suffered through as much as I could of the terrible narration, but I wish I had bought the actual book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ellen 04-28-14
    ellen 04-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book for starting your business"
    Where does The $100 Startup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among top 5 business books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unabridged is long, but content is very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book for those seeking to break away from a corporate job and start their own business. It is mostly for smaller businesses, and his examples are almost exclusively of that variety, but many principles can be applied to larger ideas and businesses. I found it thought provoking and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne London, Ontario, Canada 02-22-14
    Roxanne London, Ontario, Canada 02-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "interesting"

    Overall it was enjoyable to listen to. It's a pretty basic, quick look at startups that doesn't go too deep into it. Which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for.

    I haven't read any other books on startups so a basic overview is a good place for me to start out on. There are some good tips and ideas in here.

    The one thing I would change about it is that Chris Buillebeau reads the intro/author's note. I preferred his voice to the narrator (the narrator was fine, it was just personal preference) and if it could have been one voice the entire time it would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manny Miami, FL, United States 09-23-13
    Manny Miami, FL, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent, Useful, Practical Book!"
    Would you listen to The $100 Startup again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times completely and each time I get motivated and lots of great information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has lots of practical, useful information!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this book is very useful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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