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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Hardcover – May 8 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951526
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 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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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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6 of 7 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Moss on June 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
In challenging economic times, this book should be a game changer.

Chris has provided specific examples and steps to help ANYONE start a small business that can generate recurring revenue at any scale...depending on how much work you want to put into it.

So stop whining - get the book - READ IT - IMPLEMENT IT - and set about designing your own employment reality!
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