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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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    "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...

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    Aaron Batilo 04-05-16
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    "Inspiring stories"

    The book is a bunch of stories of micro and seemingly unlikely businesses and their owners. It's really inspiring to hear the insights that make these micro businesses flourish. It's not about building an empire. It's about being free in your own life.

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    Adam 03-30-16
    Adam 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Motivational"

    The information within is very motivating. Showing many stories of how the roadblocks between you and having a business are not as big as you would believe.

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    Andrzej 03-29-16
    Andrzej 03-29-16
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    "Shallow content read by a robot"
    What would have made The $100 Startup better?

    If a human being read it, instead of a robot. Also, if it had any useful content, instead of stories of people who managed to get out of a corporate world to do what they love. Welcome to the new rich. There's literally nothing useful here...


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

    Nope, just this one is a bad egg in the basket.


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

    Opening was great. Then a machine read the book. And I paid for that...


    What character would you cut from The $100 Startup?

    Narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is the refund button?

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    Timothy P. Guarino 03-18-16

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    "Great Book"

    Whether you're ready to make the leap in starting up your own business or not this book has great tips and is a highly motivating.

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    Melissa K. Patten 03-17-16
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    "example based book rather than tactical"

    a little too "fluffy" and motivational. After just reading the 4-Hour workweek by Tim Ferriss I followed it up with this book. in comparison to the 4-Hour workweek book this book was boring and fluffy. stick to the 4-Hour workweek book or fast track millionaire book for more tactical information on what to do to start your own business.

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    Babakana 02-18-16
    Babakana 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Magic "

    Great job done by the author 😊
    Good examples shared with a lot of practical tips

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    Mohit Sharma 02-17-16
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    "Impactful insights"

    Sharing stories of various small business entrepreneurs is the major positive point that attracted me to listen to this one. Many key things to learn from this book if you are in the phase of starting your business. I would say that this book tells you what to do and how to do, as compared to other books that only tell what to do.

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    Stephen 01-31-16
    Stephen 01-31-16

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    "Thoughtful and important"

    Chris takes on one of the major revolutions of our time: untethered microbusinesses. Well worth a listen.

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    Jason 01-28-16
    Jason 01-28-16
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    "Love it..."

    I love this audio book. I have listened to it many times over and over again on the way to work each morning. It inspires me to keep pursuing my goals and dreams of being self-employed. Almost there ...

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