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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love,…

by Chris Guillebeau

Other authors: Helene Berinsky (Designer), Mike Rohde (Illustrator)

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Here, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose--and earn a good living. Still in his early thirties, Chris has traveled around the world--and yet he's never held a "real job" or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment, and he's focused on the 50 most intriguing case studies. Here, 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 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.--From publisher description.… (more)
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It is a 300-page documentary about the struggles of 80 micro business owners.

The book speaks about micro business revolution - a way of earning a good living while crafting a life of independence and purpose.

Yes, business is about finding freedom...

Freedom is what we’re all looking for, and value is the way to achieve it. Find the convergence between what you love and what other people are willing to buy.

If you're thinking about setting up your own micro business, glance at "$100 startup" for some inspiration.

Also, keep in mind -
You're probably good at more than one thing. ( )
  abhijeetkumar | Aug 22, 2021 |
While this book contains some inspirational stories, it doesn't go far enough in providing a strategy for entrepreneurs. It's big on fluff and small on how-to. ( )
  danielsparks | Jun 19, 2021 |
Didn't finish... a good motivator if you want to start a new business, but it's more for people who want to create infomercial products... Also a big advertisement for Paypal and Google... did I mention that you can start a business in minutes with Paypal? and Google products are great! ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
I'm paraphrasing but near the beginning the author outlines the 3 necessary ingredients to start a business, and this is all the more important if you're starting with very little capital. You need a product or service, people willing to buy it, and a means of accepting payment. That's it. You can expect more challenges and nuance to grow the business as you go but you'll need at least those 3 conditions to start.

That's the gist of it. And then you'll hear plenty of examples about how scrappy and innovative entrepreneurs made it work.

The book then slowly undermines itself by switching gears from showing you the process of starting a business to trying to sell you on the idea of traveling the world and generally being your own remote boss. Signing in for two hours to run your business from a beach in Thailand sounds fantastic but I've heard this pitch from far too many snake oil salesmen to trust this tactic. It's a shame too because Chris Guillebeau has a lot of interesting things to say. I just wish he kept it to the substance and didn't spend a desperate amount of time highlighting the glamour. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Dec 12, 2020 |
You do not need to spend a lot of money or go into massive debt to start a new business. At least, this is the message that Chris Guillebeau shared in his book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Guillebeau told his story and the stories of many others as they began flourishing businesses on shoestring budgets. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
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Here, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose--and earn a good living. Still in his early thirties, Chris has traveled around the world--and yet he's never held a "real job" or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment, and he's focused on the 50 most intriguing case studies. Here, 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 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.--From publisher description.

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You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay off your loans, send your kids to school and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and
start up on your own – and you don’t need an MBA or a huge investment to do it.

The $100 Startup is YOUR manual to a new way of living. Learn how to:

* Earn as much as you would from a nine-to-five job but on your own terms, when and where you want
* Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love
* Take crucial insights from 50 successful entrepreneurs who started a business with $100 or less
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