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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4080 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (May 8 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067TGSOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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"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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For people longing for change that also have something meaningful to offer customers (and improve the world), this book will motivate you to do something about it finally. Lots of testimonials from real people who've done it and are living happier (although not necessarily easier) lives. More importantly, great 'how to' and 'what not to' info, generously shared by the author in what struck me as a really authentic effort to help others be succesful and happy. And who doesn't want that? If you have an idea, and the prospect of many many years spents spent trudging into a cubicle until you retire and then die leaves you wishing for something more, read this book. Then do something.
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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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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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