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 would, and I have. First, there's a lot of information to take in. Second, it's highly motivational. This book makes you feel like you're completely capable of getting your business started with what you have now.
The ranch owners. The lesson from that section, to find the emotional value behind your offering, and not just the literal offering, is a powerful message.
This question is the main reason I'm writing this review. I love this book, but the narration is horribly disappointing. Another review described it as "robotic," which is dead-on. The narrator regularly pauses, and not in a charming, Kirk-like fashion. It's as though he's having to double check pronunciations of names and words as he reads. It's really distracting.I powered through it multiple times, and love the book anyway. I can only listen to books now, though, I don't have time to read - otherwise I would have switched to the print version. I dearly hope they get a new narrator for a different version, and I don't want to listen to anything by this narrator again.
You can take action on your dreams, right now, with what you already have.
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!
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!
I already reccomended this book to some friends, because is a book full of practical advice if you want to be an entrepreneur.
Full of examples of people all around the world. People that has the same problems that you do in your business
Although the audio version is great you would want to have a printed copy for reference.
It just felt like I was listening to summary of the 4 hour work week. Tim Ferris was much better at it than this guy though.
This book was as well-written as its reviews would lead me to believe. Guillebeau weaves a generous serving of examples into his guides and advice on the steps necessary to start and build a personal small business. It inspired me to try new things and emphasize different parts of my business.
Normally, I go for audiobooks read by the author. Absolutely no one can read better than the author during quotes; he alone can hear the interviewee's voice in his head. Guillebeau only read us a foreword, but Thomas Vincent Kelly's performance was the best non-author reading that I can remember. Unlike most non-authors, Kelly rarely emphasized the wrong word in a sentence. On the other hand, he read with the enthusiasm that the author intended; instead of a monotone, Kelly let himself get excited when the passage called for it. I'll be looking for more audiobooks read by Kelly.
I have not read the print version, but intend to acquire it as the audio version appears to refer to useful tables in the print version. So, no, the print version is not necessarily better than the print version.
That successful businesses do not require debt, lost equity, or huge sums of money and that everyone knows how to do something.
Hearing the author read their own work removes most of the consideration of performance from the presentation, which is useful in a non-fiction work. The presentation is easier to consume.
I experienced no extreme reaction; no laughing, no crying
This is a good book that contains, many useful ideas, hints, tips, and insights. It was worth the buy and listen and served to move me forward on creating the life I want. Also, it made me aware of the risk of buying a job, which is not what I want.
"Some good food for thought"
Many different ideas and makes you really think about embarking on that startup. Well done
"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.
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...
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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