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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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    M. Muin 05-23-12
    M. Muin 05-23-12
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    Would you listen to The $100 Startup again? Why?

    Yes. There is just so much practical tips and advice from this book. I even stopped listening and started doing some small things to start on one of its advice.


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

    I like the consistency of the tone and pace. The sentences were read in proper context with the content and paragraph.


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

    It's hard to listen to this in one sitting without getting up and trying to start working on some ideas. This book makes your mind work for your business.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 06-03-12
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another 4 hour work week type of book"

    This book reeks of Timothy Ferris B.O. Just another "morning glory" book. The excitement fades quickly after the first few chapters.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan Mills Ames, IA 11-05-12
    Ivan Mills Ames, IA 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "THIS BOOK CUTS TO THE CHASE!"
    Where does The $100 Startup rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Other business books spend WAYYYY too much time on theory and abstract examples that really don't help me start my business.

    THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT!

    This book really cuts to the chase giving real-world tips and uncommon yet crucial advice.

    I want to read this book 10 more times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JOB ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-03-12
    JOB ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "TONS OF GOOD IDEAS! SHOULDNT MISS!!"

    All the ideas might not be able to work for anyone. But the spirit and the drive behind each business owners mentioned in the book is a very inspirational one.

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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great guide for small entrepreneurship"

    Did you like some of the ideas in the 4 hour work week but feel frustrated by the lack of focus on providing real value or doing something you care about? The $100 Startup will scratch that itch. It's full of practical advice from a variety of different small entrepreneurs with a strong focus on doing something that matters and less of the schmarmy "get rich quick" promises of other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Graham Raleigh, NC, United States 09-18-12
    Lee Graham Raleigh, NC, United States 09-18-12 Listener Since 2006

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    "Great book for Small Biz!"
    If you could sum up The $100 Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Innovative Common Sense


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The $100 Startup?

    I really enjoyed all of the research that went into the book and the real life experiences that were shared.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Got me excited!


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    Alford Lau Canada 08-22-12
    Alford Lau Canada 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up The $100 Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Uplifting. Motivating. NOW.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Hanna of Mattress Lot bike delivery. From corporate career to an accidental business person. Use of low cost and green delivery method and pass saving back to their customers. I have read reviews from their customer about their excellent delivery response time and their customer service. Michael and Mary are the kind of people offering the missing piece of modern day capitalism. Think win-win, green and profit.


    What does Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I travel a lot by driving inter-provincial. This book in audio format offers the kind of continuity (hours of material) in a single sitting that I cannot get in printed format. The stories are interestingly interlaced and yet would not be so digressed that the main points are missed. If you like 4 hours workweek by Tim Ferriss, you will love this one too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stop whining about your job (or lack of it). Forget being a boss. Think micro business.


    Any additional comments?

    People who didn't read this book don't know what they are forfeiting for the rest of their life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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