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 enjoyed listening to the stories of the different micro-entrepreneurs. Its always interesting hearing about other people's lives!
Good on getting you off your behind and getting into action with concise plans and motivating case studies.
got a $100 - start a business
Yes, its aninteresting book with a lot of good information on business.
The whole book was moving
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.
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.
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.
Yes, it provides many great ideas and inspiring examples of real people taking control of their lives and income.
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.
Small businnes stories
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.
Not sure didn't read the print version
Too many characters
I had lots of great ideas from the book thanks.
How informative and inspirational it was.
Anything by this writer is highly recommended, I am a huge fan of his blog and all the books he has written so far.
The book is extremely helpful and entertaining. Great info for today's economy.
No. I liked listening to one chapter at a time, as I was able to.
I highly recommend this.
"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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