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)
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.
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.
Never from the author
Make is a 1-page article
He tried, but his task was hopeless
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.
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.
Have achieved significant success in business and personal life through self-help & education books.
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?!
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!
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
The content is solid, but the lifeless, robotic narration is intolerable.
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?
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."
Don't listen to it. Read the actual book.
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.
Among top 5 business books.
Unabridged is long, but content is very good.
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.
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.
I have listened to this book several times completely and each time I get motivated and lots of great information.
It has lots of practical, useful information!
Yes, this book is very useful!
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