The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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18 Critic Reviews

The best takeaway from this book was this little known truth: Roaming entrepreneurs are quietly building successful and seriously profitable businesses everywhere around us today.
-Prolific Living

Synopsis

In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.
 
Still in his early thirties, 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.
 

About Chris Guillebeau

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CHRIS GUILLEBEAU is a writer, entrepreneur, and traveler. During a lifetime of self-employment and ventures ranging from online publishing to volunteer work in West Africa, he has visited nearly every country on earth before the age of 35. Host of the World Domination Summit, an international gathering of creative people, Chris is focused on encouraging individual quests while also "giving back." His main website, ChrisGuillebeau.com, is visited by more than 300,000 people a month.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Crown Business. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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All: 18 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 1

Get Rich Slowly

Excellent
Reviewed by April Dykman on May 08 2012

It’s the book I wish I had when I was trying to find my own path to self-employment.

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Mastermind Project

Excellent
Reviewed by Aaron

It will show you how you can start your own small business – and maybe better – it will convince you to try.

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Words Written Down

Good
Reviewed by Dave on Jun 17 2012

It's both written by Guillebeau and obvious to a reader that a ton of research went into all the business examples provided...All in all, it was an excellent book...

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Shlok Vaidya

Below average
Reviewed by Shlok Vaidya on Apr 18 2012

This approach has been done. We get it...We don’t need anymore convincing.

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Prolific Living

Good
Reviewed by Farnoosh on Aug 20 2012

The best takeaway from this book was this little known truth: Roaming entrepreneurs are quietly building successful and seriously profitable businesses everywhere around us today.

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Best Small Biz Help

Good
Reviewed by Dawn Fotopulos on Jul 21 2012

Chris Guillebeau asks important questions every aspiring small business owner should answer. For that, he’s earned my respect.

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QAspire

Good
Reviewed by Tanmay Vora on Jul 10 2012

...this book gave me a feeling of abundance, of possibilities that reside within each one of us and how those possibilities take a form when we are determined to live a creative life.

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TMD

Good
Jul 02 2012

This book is a blueprint for the hungry, the creative, and individuals who want to take the reins of their lives and become financially independent, having only one boss, themselves.

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Yael Writes

Good
Reviewed by Yael Grauer on Jun 03 2012

It is always refreshing to get business advice from someone who actually wants to help people.

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I've Tried That

Good
Reviewed by Steve on May 29 2012

...Chris offers loads of useful information for the would-be business entrepreneur...At every step of the way, several real world business startup examples are provided.

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The Clear-Minded Creative

Good
Reviewed by Milo McLaughlin on May 22 2012

But if you have any interest in earning money on your own terms, once you’ve read this book you’ll be struggling to come up with an excuse for not getting started right away.

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Blake Boles

Good
Reviewed by Blake Boles on May 21 2012

Product- and service-based—online and offline—freelance, partnership, and employee-hiring: all such business are represented in this book.

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EmSpot

Good
Reviewed by Lizelle van Vuuren on May 21 2012

...after getting laid off people found their true passions, stumbled on an idea and took a chance on it, made something happen out of nothing and with just a few hundred dollars, and no one in this book is looking back!

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Trail Licious

Good
Reviewed by Beth Fenger on May 18 2012

The reason I know it’s good is that almost every page is either highlighted or folded over which means I learned something of value from those pages.

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Jon Wiggens

Good
Reviewed by Jon Wiggens on May 15 2012

If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration for what can realistically be achieved in an online business, The $100 Startup is an excellent read.

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Jon Dale

Good
Reviewed by Jon Dale on May 08 2012

You’ll find yourself and your passion in it’s pages…and you may never be the same.

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Pocket Changed

Good
Reviewed by Caleb Wojcik

This book is perfect for anyone trying to build a lifestyle business.

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Unfettered Ink

Good
Reviewed by Brigette

The strategies and tactics for building your business aren’t good “because Chris says so,” they’re proven by hundreds of success stories.

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