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The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better to Live More [Paperback]

Chris Guillebeau
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Book Description

24 May 2012

Change your job to change your life

You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay the mortgage, send your kids to school and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and start up on your own - and you don't need an MBA or a huge investment to do it.

The $100 Startup is your manual to a new way of living. Learn how to:

- Earn as much as you would from a nine-to-five job but on your own terms, when and where you want

- Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love

- Take crucial insights from 50 ordinary people who started a business with $100 or less

- Spend less time working and more time living your life

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 023076651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230766518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.

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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)

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, New York Times bestselling author of 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 individuals to live fulfilling lives with inspiring and practical advice. His main website,, is visited by more than 300,000 people a month.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars $100 startup 18 Sep 2012
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Most business books tell you to do something, or act now etc. That's great and I agree, but many of us (like me) who read these types of books are logical brain type of people who aren't too creative and find it difficult to connect the dots and create a business opportunity out of problems that are staring us in the face. This book is great because it is full of EXAMPLES, which is always what is lacking in most business books. I thought this was an excellent book because of that angle that it took. I would highly recommend it over many "established" business book authors.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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I have read Tim Ferris' "4-hr work week" book. Was good, ver inspirational. "$100 start-up" is the next step. Very practical, easy to follow advice on how to get your little business going. It blends helpfull tips with snapshot of experiences form others who made it already.
If you have the fire in you, this book will help you turn it into a very rewarding way of life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, very inspirational 6 Aug 2012
By dave
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business looks like a very scary concept for people in suits. This book breaks it down and opens the world to many possibilities to anyone who has an idea, determination and as the title suggests a not so large sum to start out. Read this book from page to page with pure enjoyment and its a fantastic read. Highly recommend anyone who is looking to start out and needs some inspiration
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Before opening this book, I had absolutely no knowledge of how to run my own business and make a living on my own terms. Having read it twice and bought 2 more copies for friends, I now have a strong grasp of how little I actually need to know in order to do these things. The basics are exactly that: create something with value, have a way to get paid, and find the first customer. Why it was never explained in such simple terms, with real life examples of the people and the exact figures involved, until now - I have no idea.

The book, of course, goes into a good level of detail about these points, and covers the 'why' as much as the 'how'. Anyone who would like to make ends meet through what they're passionate about and skilled in, but has no idea where to start, should be reading this book right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended reading... 8 Jun 2012
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Since reading the book I have come up with almost 20 different business ideas and I have evaluated each one.

I've already got one idea up and running which took a matter of hours, and it cost well below $100, in fact I started the business for 47p (yes, it involved eBay). I have now started work on the second idea and something that I think will be the most profitable.

The book is not a marketing guide, it doesn't tell you exactly how to do it, what SEO or marketing techniques to use etc... I found it more inspiration and just showing the broad depth of ideas that people are utilising to make money with these days...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is more for inspiration 25 Jan 2013
By J-Xel
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First, I want to make clear that this book is good and worth your interest. However if you are looking for the 100$ plan or some other exact tips, then you should look somewhere else or look for the v2 of this book.

Couple notes about the book:
- The author uses the book to promote either his other ventures (travel hacking) or partners/collaborators, which is cool, as I got excited about travel hacking through this book
- The advises are more to inspire, as the rules/ways of creating successful business varies a lot from area to area
- The author however does give some good to-dos or guidelines to create a attractive offer and how to sell it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring - a winner 27 May 2012
If you're even vaguely thinking about starting a business read this book! It's packed full of super practical advice on doing something you love and also making money - a combination that most business books fail to cover effectively. Great simple advice on identifying the business opportunity, pricing and communicating your offer. Cris has a lovely conversational writing style, honed from all the blogging I suspect, which makes it an enjoyable read. Can't recommend it highly enough and I wish I'd read this book before starting my first business.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can do it 25 May 2012
By C. Nabb
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I found this to be an excellent book.

It's joined up from beginning to end loaded with great advice and it's a very easy and entertaining read.

Like many other books on this subject it's not going to tell you exactly how to create your own business because no book can but it does set out some simple steps you can take. These steps are backed up by many stories from people who have been there, done it and created good income businesses doing what they love.

I think that a number of people are going to find this book to simplified and say that there is not enough detailed information but in my opinion there really doesn't need to be anything more. What's here is more then enough to create your business, the only thing missing is the imagination and the effort from the reader. If you are lazy and want it all done for you this, like all the others, isn't the book for you. If you are willing to put in the hours and think differently you will get a lot from this book.

As I wrote at the beginning of the review this is an excellent book and as with Chris's previous book it's filled with inspiration to help you along your way.

Well done Chris.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspiring and doable ideas
Creative and practical guide. Inspires you to get started now to turn your ideas into a viable business. Highly recommended
Published 23 days ago by Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative
Interesting and a fast entertaining, informative read. No matter if you are thinking of starting a business or have run one for 30 years (as I have) there is something for everyone... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Simon Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I've been reading personal development books for years and always dreaming of escaping the rat race and having more freedom. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR GP LYON
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye 9 to 5, hello dream life!
Lovely book with hands on tips and ideas on how to make a living doing what you love. I recently quit my day job to go it alone as a solo entrepreneur and I found the book both... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elin Elkehag
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Examples used of initial startup ideas.
Clearly & concisely written, with practical comments made. If there is any doubt that an idea can progress
into something more lucarative, this will dispel it.
Published 3 months ago by Waldron Matheson
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for start ups
A must read for any one looking to start their own business. Takes into account how the phenomena if micro businesses has come about I've businesses run by one or two individuals. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FAISAL AMJAD
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!
Great e book..good value..sound advice and info which has got me ready to go in pushing forward with making money through a variety of ways I hadn't considered before. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kate Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars I Picked this Out of A Bookshelf of Over 200 Books....
This was one of those books I just stumbled upon, it was a Saturday afternoon in the bookshop where I was drifting around and had no particular plan to buy anything! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not inspire
Interesting, but too much pading out to make it an interesting read. The great title captivated me, shame did not do the same.
Published 8 months ago by Mr RW LEONARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I got inspiration and tools to start my company at low budget!!! All tools and considerations for startups are described in details. Easy to use!!!
Published 8 months ago by Jolita
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