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The $100 Startup Audiobook

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

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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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    Josue Otero 04-10-15
    Josue Otero 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"

    great book. I will recommend to everyone. Thank you so much. very motivating. yeah. yeah.

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    francisco 03-18-15
    francisco 03-18-15
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    "really a nice story book"
    What would have made The $100 Startup better?

    I think this is another book of a person who travel or stay at home and make money and decide to do what all are doing...a book so they can finish their bucket list of their life. So why don't wrote about who I met and who I know or what I hear in my life. But don't share really what people want to hear, how to make money , how to think, what not to do or say, where not to go.
    if some one read a book who don't have a marketing list of items to sell so they can help you or they can give you an answer about how to get success, please let me know to buy it.
    I listen this book and many stories, many people, many locations and it was good to know about who wrote this book travel a lot and make his life good..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Guillebeau again?

    no


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

    to many stories and just trying to sell a book and not a idea to help another people to accomplish their own business plan


    What character would you cut from The $100 Startup?

    I only remember the one I will not cut, it will be a taxi driver who drive a taxi and get $5 and his daughter is going to college, if this guy is real I will not cut him


    Any additional comments?

    Goof luck

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lore 03-12-15
    Lore 03-12-15
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    "Lots of useful information"

    If you are looking to build a business with hustle & heart -and not just for the money - this is for you :)

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    Temisan Ojabo 02-27-15
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    "amaxing stuff"

    loved it, narration was clear and understandable. I am glad I got this book

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    Daniel Mexico 02-20-15
    Daniel Mexico 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simple, compelling and useful"

    Simple, compelling and useful. I recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration on starting a new business.

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    Trevor Eller 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding!"

    I found this book to be highly informative. I enjoyed it much more than other books in its class. I found the information to actually be applicable and grounded.

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    TG Canada 01-29-15
    TG Canada 01-29-15

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    "Lots of fluff"

    Not much to take away as an actionable idea from this book. The content is simply a bunch of tales of people that started a company, very little insight into how the company was started.

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    Jenifer 01-28-15
    Jenifer 01-28-15
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    "Inspirational"

    If your thinking about going out on your own, I highly recommend listening to this first.

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    Mai O. 01-27-15
    Mai O. 01-27-15
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    "Very informative & well organized"

    I enjoyed it and thought it was very useful. I plan on buying a hard copy as well so that I can take time reviewing the parts that I was particularly intrigued by.

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    Don 01-07-15
    Don 01-07-15
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    "It was OK"

    The narrator for me lacked enthusiasm at times, for a book that is supposed to change lives I had expected more. They probably should have used James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman they seem to narrate everything and tell one heck of a story lol

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  • Mr R R O CONNOR
    8/1/15
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    "Some good food for thought"

    Many different ideas and makes you really think about embarking on that startup. Well done

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  • A. Casey
    MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE England
    1/29/15
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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...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
    1/3/15
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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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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