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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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    Thomas Portlaoise, Ireland 08-13-12
    Thomas Portlaoise, Ireland 08-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Interesting cases"

    I enjoyed listening to the stories of the different micro-entrepreneurs. Its always interesting hearing about other people's lives!

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    Patrick Moroney Red Bank, NJ 08-06-12
    Patrick Moroney Red Bank, NJ 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great ideas and superb on the just do it attitude"
    What made the experience of listening to The $100 Startup the most enjoyable?

    Good on getting you off your behind and getting into action with concise plans and motivating case studies.


    What about Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performance did you like?

    Well read


    Any additional comments?

    got a $100 - start a business

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Asah APO, AE, United States 08-06-12
    Asah APO, AE, United States 08-06-12
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    "Great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its aninteresting book with a lot of good information on business.


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

    The whole book was moving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Temecula, CA, United States 08-05-12
    Karen Temecula, CA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Inspiring Content; Annoying Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author is obviously passionate about his content, but the narrator reads in a slow monotone that sucks the life out of the written words. I wish I had purchased the book in this case, rather than the audio.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Morrisville, NC, United States 08-02-12
    Wesley Morrisville, NC, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book for Quarter Life Crisis"
    What made the experience of listening to The $100 Startup the most enjoyable?

    This book was great. At this point in time, my wife and I have only been out of college for a few years. Despite moderate success in business and in practicing law, we have become victims to the "Quarter Life Crisis" (QLC) that so many generation Y'ers talk about. Currently, we are reading and searching our way into a happier place. Listening to this book has changed our dialogue concerning "how, what, when, and why."

    What made listening to this book so enjoyable was the fact that I could identify with so many of these stories. It is a great book to read if you are someone who is not money motivated, but rather motivated by creating a comfortable and enjoyable life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's ability to relate to everyday people with concrete real world examples, and the ease in which you can implement these ideas... or at least the thought process behind each idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy DALLAS, TX, United States 07-31-12
    Joy DALLAS, TX, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and Actionable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it provides many great ideas and inspiring examples of real people taking control of their lives and income.


    Any additional comments?

    Along the same lines as The 4 Hour Workweek, this book has given me a number of new ideas that I have already begun testing and trying to figure out how to implement. I enjoyed the simple strsightforward presentation of the stories, and clear actionable steps provided.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar Owings Mills, MD, United States 07-23-12
    Cesar Owings Mills, MD, United States 07-23-12
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    "Very good book"
    If you could sum up The $100 Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Small businnes stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is divided into different case studies of small businesses where the owners converted their hobbies into a business. I found the stories insightful.


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    Sophie 07-23-12
    Sophie 07-23-12
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    "Inspiring read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The $100 Startup to be better than the print version?

    Not sure didn't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many characters


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

    I had lots of great ideas from the book thanks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-10-12
    Rita Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly recommend this book."
    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    How informative and inspirational it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Anything by this writer is highly recommended, I am a huge fan of his blog and all the books he has written so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jeff BUFFALO GROVE, IL, United States 07-09-12
    jeff BUFFALO GROVE, IL, United States 07-09-12
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    "Fantastic"
    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    The book is extremely helpful and entertaining. Great info for today's economy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    several


    What about Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performance did you like?

    very good


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

    No. I liked listening to one chapter at a time, as I was able to.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • A. Casey
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    "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.

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  • Lukasz Hawro
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    "Incredibly inspiring"

    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...

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  • Sydney
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    "Very inspiring"

    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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