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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1st (first) edition (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951526
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

 
"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
 
"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
 
"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
 
“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
 
"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
 
“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
 
"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

“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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 8 2012
Format: Hardcover
When reviews are tightly clustered in time, make minimal mention of a book's content, with at least one full of absolute drivel (according to its author), one has to ask if they are genuine.

Read the sample chapters and ignore all the reviews.

I was thinking of buying this: then I became suspicious of the reviews.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 16 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Better is a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice." -- Proverbs 16:8 (NKJV)

The book's title is probably what attracted you. That was true for me, as well. While it's possible to start a business for $100 (I started my first one for $12), the bulk of those studied by Chris Guillebeau spent between $100 and $600. The point is to start small, experiment, and stick to low-cost methods. You will probably be surprised by how little the book actually has to say about how to keep investment costs down in other ways. That's because the book is mostly focused on personal services, professional services, and selling information products. These kinds of businesses are more marketing than investment intensive.

Because of his love for travel, the book is also filled with the notion of using the freedom that a business can bring to move around and enjoy a better lifestyle. That, too, is true of entrepreneurship kept in perspective.

The book's great strength is in lots of information about low-cost ways to acquire and make more profits from customers. It's one of the best small business marketing books I've read. I intend to recommend it to my adult education classes.

The book is also helpful in providing a lot of success stories. If you are looking for ways to copy those success stories, you won't find the details here. You'll have to track down the entrepreneurs and ask them your questions directly.

Although the book displays a strong counter-culture flavor, the advice is pretty much traditional business 101, except scaled for a start-up person with limited business experience.

If your weakness in starting a business is marketing, you will find this book valuable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dna0101 on March 4 2013
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps I have read one too many motivational books cause this one fell flat. Very little substance to motivate and carry me on to further areas, leads, web links. He seems just to scratch the surface on topics. Much of it is common knowledge. (sense) I couldn't even finish it. I was looking for feel good success stories with insight but found little of it that could motivate me. Maybe adequate for someone just starting to consider running their own biz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerri L. Wall on June 14 2012
Format: Hardcover
Chris Guillebeau is awesome. His writing is so massively USEFUL, but also fun and interesting. This is not a 'business' book in a dry sense; it's an inspirational guidebook for the future if you value freedom and service. You know that whole, 'be the change' thing? Chris IS the change. And he wants you to be too. And all of us.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Max I on Aug. 14 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really expected more from this book. Even though it does have good ideas, it does not have any real guides, how to's and such. It should have been called "a collection of success stories", because thats what it is. A collection of stories where people woke up and had their paypal account filling with orders, where without any marketing and networks apps launch and get thousands of downloads out of nowhere, where someone publishes an ebook and customers are pouring in. Are you kidding me? Try launching an ebook without networks and marketing by just uploading it on Internet. This book keeps on saying people just woke up rich, without saying how actually he went about it and what were exact steps taken to comeup with idea, research, market and so on. Not satisfied with this book at all.
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By The Artist on Sept. 7 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
So this is actually the first review I have provided on amazon.

This book is not a how to guide but gives you advice and to think differently. There is no how to, why? Well no two business are the same, even if they are in the same market. It gets your mind thinking, and away from seemingly hard lined business steps. If your looking for motivation then I have some hard news for you self employment is not for you. I have been self employed for years now and this book helped me to rethink how I am doing business and implementing the ideas to my own situations have been a big help. I have known people who are exactly like those in this book. Started a amazing and booming business even before they had any tools or materials, Their cost input was $0 and just a little time. While reading this book I kept thinking this is how They did it. Its not a guarantee to a successful business, but gives you a new and different view point, that is sure to help new and old business find their way in the modern highly connected world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katja on June 23 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book and already gave a copy to a friend as well. The author walks you through all the steps to start and grow your own microbusiness giving lots of valuable tips and ideas on the way that gave me a lot to think about. And he gently pushes the reader to action. Of the "start your own business" books that I have read this really is the best so far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CM on June 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for tips on how to start your own business in today's Internet economy, this book is for you. Chris gives advice you can use; my copy of The $100 Start Up is riddled with post-it notes, and I've already re-read several chapters. Rather than just talk about the great parts about a life outside of the 9-5, Chris also tells you how to get that life for yourself, and gives examples. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
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