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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

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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.

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"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 bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

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"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 bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com

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"The money you have is enough. Chris makes it crystal clear: there are no excuses left. START. Start now, not later. Hurry." Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of The Bootstrapper's Bible

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"Everything Chris Guillebeau does is in earnest. The ideas inside this book will lead you to a better place." Chris Brogan, President of Human Business Works and author of Trust Agents

Review:

"With traditional career doors slamming shut, it's easy to panic, but Chris Guillebeau sees opportunities everywhere. Making a career out of your passion sounds like a dream, but in this straight-forward, engaging book he shows you how to get it done, one simple step at a time." Alan Paul, author of Big in China

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"Delivers exactly what a new entrepreneur needs: road-tested, effective and exceptionally pragmatic advice for starting a new business on a shoestring." Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur

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"Guillebeau has been in the trenches for years, and in The $100 Startup he guides you step-by-step through how he and dozens of others have turned their passions into profits. It's essential reading for the solopreneur!" Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative

Review:

"This book is more than a 'how to' guide, it's a 'how they did it' guide that should persuade anyone thinking about starting a business that they don't need a fortune to make one." John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine

Review:

"Crammed with data, checklists, models, and concrete examples. 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 #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project

About the Author

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.

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makingadreamhome, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by makingadreamhome)
Great book, with some useful info as well as encouragement
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Marie Angell, May 18, 2012 (view all comments by Marie Angell)
Whether you have followed Chris Guillebeau's "Art of Nonconformity" blog or not (though I encourage you to do so), there is a huge amount of useful information and inspiration packed into this book and he generously adds more for free on his website for the book.

The great thing about "The $100 Startup" is the step-by-step approach designed to increase your comfort with starting a business and reduce your fears. By encouraging the reader to begin a low investment business around a personal knowledge base and fulfilling a customer's need (one for which you'll get paid, that is), the terror of risk is minimized.

Through numerous case studies and total transparency about finances and challenges, Chris illuminates the framework of modern cottage industries.

These are not get-rich-quick schemes and some people rake in more bucks than others, but Chris encourages everyone to know exactly what they really want and need from a business as well. Wouldn't it be great to be a millionaire? But can you get by without being one? Sure.

In all of his work, Chris espouses the philosophy of not "living on less" but "living more." And that, my friends, is the best way to create a new future.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307951526
Author:
Guillebeau, Chris
Publisher:
Crown Business
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Business-Start Up Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
TABLE, GRAPHS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.76 x 1.1 in 0.88 lb

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"Review" by , "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! "
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The money you have is enough. Chris makes it crystal clear: there are no excuses left. START. Start now, not later. Hurry."
"Review" by , "Everything Chris Guillebeau does is in earnest. The ideas inside this book will lead you to a better place."
"Review" by , "With traditional career doors slamming shut, it's easy to panic, but Chris Guillebeau sees opportunities everywhere. Making a career out of your passion sounds like a dream, but in this straight-forward, engaging book he shows you how to get it done, one simple step at a time."
"Review" by , "Delivers exactly what a new entrepreneur needs: road-tested, effective and exceptionally pragmatic advice for starting a new business on a shoestring."
"Review" by , "Guillebeau has been in the trenches for years, and in The $100 Startup he guides you step-by-step through how he and dozens of others have turned their passions into profits. It's essential reading for the solopreneur!"
"Review" by , "This book is more than a 'how to' guide, it's a 'how they did it' guide that should persuade anyone thinking about starting a business that they don't need a fortune to make one."
"Review" by , "Crammed with data, checklists, models, and concrete examples. Thoughtful, funny, and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms."
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