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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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    Tina M. Hilton Conover, NC 06-27-12
    Tina M. Hilton Conover, NC 06-27-12

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    "Great Content, Robotic Narration"

    I was glad to see this title in audio book format, as it's much easier for me to listen to business books than actually read one. Like those case studies in the book, I too am a micro-entrepreneur who started my business on a shoestring. It was inspiring to hear stories from others who have found great success starting out the same way I have. It reinforces the 'Follow your passion" stream of thought as well.
    That said, the narration made it a less than stellar listen. To me it sounded almost like a computerized voice, lacking the very passion the book was talking about. I could only listen in short time periods before the robotic voice started blending into the background and I realized I had missed large chunks of the story he was telling.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Elton United States 12-15-12
    Elton United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just love this book!"
    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    This book is very interesting! I have read so called " start up" business books but this one takes the cake! This is something that anyone with a creative idea can use! this book has me looking at my own small business in a different way! Its time to get innovative and make some real money! Just love this book!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Webster Rocky Mountain Time Zone 05-09-12
    Webster Rocky Mountain Time Zone 05-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Enviable, Learn-able, Actionable, Doable!"
    Where does The $100 Startup rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, this book delivers in ways that are just as revolutionary, but probably MORE usable...

    Before I bought this book, I had found that The Art of Non-Conformity was the only real follow up to Ferriss's work, but Chris Guillebeau has now over-delivered and really developed a capstone to what my searches have uncovered in the last two years on digital nomadism and innovative, one-person entrepreneurship.

    But this is not only a book about those things. Chris outlines EVERY form that new-school small business takes; and EVERY contemporary method of measuring how well those forms work.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough; it is destined to become an anchor title for small business.


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    krissypants83 Leesburg, VA 04-05-13
    krissypants83 Leesburg, VA 04-05-13
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    "Narrated by a Robot"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really wanted to like this book after several recommendations, but I couldn't focus on anything but the robot like voice of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ’s performances?

    Probably not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It might be a good actual read vs. listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Benedict SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2003

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    "Best book and most needed book these days"

    I have bought all the "Best 50 Jobs to Work Out of Your Home"-type books over the years.

    This is the best by far because it shows how to tailor your own future based on your own skills and interests, and has excellent examples of people who have actually done this.

    The author has done a tremendous amount of research to produce this book. So it was not just a one-off book written from the kitchen table.

    I think everybody should get this book to understand its philosophy and to help protect against the future.

    Very highly recommended.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    @Hugo_Alvarado 05-22-12
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    "Motivating to start and follow your passion"

    It is a great book; it motivated me and encouraged me to continue with my own business. I combined both, the audiobook and the ebook, so I could read it faster. It kept me interested all the time with all the stories and tips to be used in a daily basis. I felt identified with most of the people in the book, and really liked that the author spent a lot of time researching and interviewing real and average people like me.

    There is just one thing that I did not like, and that is that in some cases the author underestimated the initial investment required by an entrepreneurship needs to start a business without having a job: I might not need thousands of dollars to start up a business, but if someone doesn’t have a job and a fix income what about the cost of living and other regular expenses?, this should be added to the initial investment as labor cost or payroll at least for yourself.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Bottge SHOHOLA, PA, United States 06-01-12
    Mary Bottge SHOHOLA, PA, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an accountant who enjoys writing - something of a rarity. My favorite reads are about working smarter and creative thinking in business.

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    What did you love best about The $100 Startup?

    The $100 Startup is an exceptional blend of conceptual, strategic and tactical advice. Well-presented and easy to listen to. Fans of Tim Ferris' 4-Hour Workweek will find The $100 Startup more practical but equally inspiring. In addition, while Ferris focuses on product sales, Guillebeau's advice applies to selling services as well.


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

    The 37-point startup checklist stands out. It's a great way for listeners to feel comfortable they're not forgetting something major while starting their own business.


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

    No, but I will search them out as a result of listening to them here.


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

    Yes, you can - absolutely!


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Bloomfield, NJ, United States 08-20-12
    Stephen Bloomfield, NJ, United States 08-20-12
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    "Tell me something I don't already know..."
    What disappointed you about The $100 Startup?

    Start a business with little money, doing something you already know..
    How is this new information?
    I didn't need to spend $12 to hear this..


    Has The $100 Startup turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Try a little common sense. It doesn't cost anything.
    That's all this book is suggesting..


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was OK, content was redundant..


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The $100 Startup?

    I wouldn't bother to publish this book..


    Any additional comments?

    So you know how to bake a cake?
    Why not try to bake and actually sell some cake?
    What a novel idea...
    It's never been done before.
    Save your money on this book..

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Omar USA 09-19-12
    Omar USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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    "Couldn't get past chapter 6"

    Too shallow! The whole book is summarized in one sentence" here are some examples of people who could do an amazing job be having thier own businesses" nothing about how though !!!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    TX2PDX Portland OR 07-03-12
    TX2PDX Portland OR 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is no 4 hour work week."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, this book was painful to listen to.


    Has The $100 Startup turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Most of the stories were about hippie art projects, craft stores, mattress delivery on a bike, etc etc. Many of the examples are from Portland Oregon and he is trying so hard to be Tim Ferris but he fails miserably.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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