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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"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
"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.See all Product Description
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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.
Read the sample chapters and ignore all the reviews.
I was thinking of buying this: then I became suspicious of the reviews.
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.
Whether you are starting something on the side, hitting the reset button on your current venture, or striking out into the great abyss of self-employment you'll love reading The $100 Startup. It's about regular people doing remarkable things with their energy, passion, and a few bucks to boot.
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I think this book was a great way to get the mind to start thinking in a different way. To become an entrepreneur and take your life in your own hands you have to take risks. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Valene
This book will not make you a millionaire. This book will get you thinking creatively about the type(s) of for-profit or not-for-profit endeavours that could lead you to a revenue... Read morePublished 24 days ago by G. Horne
It's good. Great for inspiration if you want to pursue your side idea further, a little short on game plan for my liking.Published 2 months ago by Ken Price
I really like this book. Great price, tons of inspiring ideas on how to start a small business. I have lent this to several other people who have all said the same. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katie
This is an excellent book on business written by a hands-on promoter of startups. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to start a business. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francois Pregent