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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great for new entrepreneurs; too basic for others.

Great book. Very simple to understand and apply. Not too useful for more advanced entrepreneurs.

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Best Audio Book Ever

Best audio book ever that I purchased from Audible..I listened to ir several times and each time I learn a new thing

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inspiring

great motivator to just start a business, blog, book, or any other thing you have been procrastinating about.

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A Wealth of Inspirational Case Studies & Tips

Most useful in the audiobook is the relating of case studies followed by lessons to take away from the illustrative cases. The narrator does a fine job, though there was a moment or two when his voice dropped and I had to rewind to hear what was said.

Lots of resources are included, to be found online. The author's writing is engaging, and his credibility is stellar, as you will see at the end of the book. A very worthwhile read. Take notes!

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Very motivating book!

This book has a lot of good ideas and confirms thoughts and processes (if you are already in that space).

Only drawback- the voice of the speaker.

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A Great Motivator For The Aspiring Business Owner

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

Start. Your. Business.

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As with most books, I felt like he started out trying to sell the idea a little too hard, but despite this he didn't over-do it and he launches into the core of the book pretty quickly; after that everything is great. He pulls examples from the right business to present the ideas he wants to convey, and does an overall stellar job of motivating the reader believe it's not so hard to start your own business.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found myself at times wondering if the narrator was actually a robotic voice being tested for integration to narrating books. It's like he's never read a name before, and took zero time to prepare for the fact that he might need to read the names on the spot during recording. No emotional depth.

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Good content, poor voice

The content in the book is great, but unfortunately a huge problem is the robot voice

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Very informative

I was not impressed by the narrator and would have rather had someone who was passionate about the topic.

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Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!

This is one of the best books I have read in 10 years. Just great. I'll be buying everything for this collection!

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Robot narrator

I got this coz when I heard the intro I thought oh it's fine I love the voice of the reader... Little did I know that it was only in the intro which was read by the author... The rest of the book sounds like a male SIri electronic sounding... Makes it hard for me to fully comprehend the content... Too bad... I think the content is really useful I think I will just buy the hard bound book might get the message to me better. I think pat Flynn spoiled me because I just love how he reads aloud.... Arghh frustrating...