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Publisher's Summary

In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

Still in his early 30s, 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.

©2012 Chris Guillebeau (P)2012 Random House

Critic Reviews

"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 number-one New York Times best seller The Happiness Project)
"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 best-selling 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 best-selling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com)

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Sooo Boring

First Business book I struggled to get through... Good book to listen to if you have trouble sleeping..

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good for motivation. lite on useful details

it was great to hear about all the case studies that the author uses throughout the book but if you're looking for a 'how to' guide...this won t have all the answers

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A decent collection of entrepreneurial successes

The content or topic is very interesting, but stories and language structure were often jarringly robot-like. Interesting nonetheless, but could be better.

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Excellent

Very inspiring! Great examples and a very easy listen. Definitely worth reading, I have already recommended this book a few times.

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Sounds like a robot reading

Sounds like a robot reading this audio book, very off-putting, the narrator is ruining the book. Chris Guillebeau only reads the intro, so the audio preview is misleading.

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Amazing book with great backing stories

An amazing book with lots of practical and inspiring points. It is the Dale Carnegie's, How to Win Friend and Influence People, for people who want to start their own ventures and unique careers.

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Wide cover of many important points but

Great book that covers many fundamental aspects of starting a business that an entrepreneur should consider. However everything is covered very briefly, for somebody it would be great to get deeper in certain matters to have more time to think and consider about them.

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  • Rob
  • 16-02-2017

Useful guide to creating extra wealth

The ideas in this book aren't Earth shattering but are simple and easy enough to understand. Sadly the voice performance of the book was a big let down for me. It was just not the right voice for the mood the story was written in. A lot of the dry humor is lost because of the voice. This is Definately a book to read rather than listen to.

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  • kris
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Very motivating stories

It was really inspiring to hear so many stories of people having success running such a varied collection of businesses.
It was good to hear that your business doesn't need to have the potential to be the next billion dollar 'unicorn' startup.
So many of the businesses in this book are so simple, it helped me get over my fear of not being big enough, or not being the first.

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Marvelous

I have really benefited from this book.
The experiences presented and the ideas illustrated gave me a boost to go on with my journey.

I have been motivated by the ways these new entrepreneurs started especially Omar and his partner in the MAP business.

Thank you very much