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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,936 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Guillebeau Narrator: Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449010020
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “A kick in the pants to get started on your dream and a road map for finding your way once you begin.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

  • “This book can help you wake up every morning eager to progress to the next step.”

    Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author 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

  • 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
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  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/18/2014

    " Lots of great tips and encouragement. While I'm starting to build my microbusiness, it's given me purpose and reassurance that I can create success from a shoe string budget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Stewart | 2/2/2014

    " Practical, helpful, necessary for anyone who has realized, the 9-5 is dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Koch | 1/28/2014

    " Coming into this book with no expectations, it was a fun and quick read. I always love hearing about people who have made it on their own, so this was a neat collection of those stories, but as a lot of others have said, if you're looking for advice and not just a collection of interesting business biographies, the book doesn't dig deep enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Radhika | 1/27/2014

    " Very helpful and the business plan template is genius!! Thanks for writing this Cris! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade Handy | 1/21/2014

    " Great book for generating ideas for your business. Great book for stacking yourself up against other up and comers. Great for perspective on what you could and should be doing to maximize your entrepreneurial efforts. I'll listen to this iTunes audiobook again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade | 1/17/2014

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. I was looking for more detail in the case studies. It is a good book for beginners and to get an overall understanding of starting a micro-business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timo | 1/12/2014

    " Well written and fun and easy to read. And highly inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luaba | 1/6/2014

    " Practical suggestions and great direction for people looking to become their own boss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2013

    " Good cheerleader for starting a small business, but sometimes I wished there had been a little more depth. I would have liked more details about the challenges and triumphs of the businesses profiled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " Makes owning your own business seem feasible. He outlines what's important and the whole prospect seems way less overwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Herring | 11/25/2013

    " The one thing I took away from this book, other than being inspired by how others started up their dreams and built them into businesses, was the distinct difference between selling features and promoting the emotional connection for your business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/28/2013

    " It's a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DJ Yabis | 9/19/2013

    " Nothing new here. I was expecting more specifics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Frank | 9/8/2013

    " Easy read. Wish I'd had a chance to read it in one sitting. About 20 pages of takeaway notes. Looking forward to checking out the website. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Young | 6/12/2013

    " I loved Chris's first book. This one contains more stories than action items. I'd recommend to anyone who thinks they can NOT start their own business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 3/11/2013

    " Very good basic start-up book, written in an accessible casual style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Wiles | 3/6/2013

    " Fun book, comes down to just do it all ready, seriously, get it done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Huber | 1/7/2013

    " A little disappointed. This book is pretty similar to other books of this nature. I didn't find this book quite detailed enough for a non-business person trying to figure out how to start a business from scratch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarkko Laine | 9/30/2012

    " This book is an almost perfect combination of inspiration and practical advice for starting and growing your own business with a limited budget. Well worth the price, and a lot better than Guillebeau's first book, The Art of Nonconformity. Next, it's time to apply what I've learned from the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Antrobus | 7/28/2012

    " Along with MicroBusiness independence, this is the best how-to guide out there for starting a business. A lot of titles are just wishy-washy follow your dreams and the rest will work out advice, but this provides hands-on advice for actually launching a product. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Montesinos | 5/23/2012

    " "The element" Startup edition! "

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