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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,538 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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48 of 48 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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29 of 30 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
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 25 Feb 2013
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First of all, I think this book might be of interest to those who are waiting for that little impulse to start their own businesses as it really provides some inspiration.

Having said that, the whole book could be easily be summarized in one sentence, "do what you enjoy and love to do".

I bought the book thinking that it was going to be a list of stories about entrepreneurs who built their business with low budgets. Rather than that, I found a book about entrepreneurship talking about conversion rates, business models, launch strategies and such topics, which honestly (and having already a lot about it) don't excite me at all. And well... the entrepreneurs' stories are kind of scattered around across the whole book in small mentions or little paragraphs. Which I heat as I use to read books a few pages per day which makes almost unbearable to read this one.

So, if you are like me thinking about buying this book because you enjoy reading comprehensive entrepreneurship stories, then think twice. And the point made by some of the commentators about the author promoting his own businesses was right, although I think it is fair enough, but you may not.

Still rating it as 3 stars as it is cheap and I still think it might be useful/inspirational to other people.
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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So so 11 Jun 2014
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Found this book rather disappointing which is a shame because the author and his particular story intrigued me.
The book didn't really contain much depth whatsoever which is great for those who don't want to feel as though they're trying process advanced calculus when they're only just okay with basic maths. I just felt that the stories of the entrepreneurs within the book were here, there and everywhere but with little insight.

It felt a bit like being taken on a 'been here, done that' whip dash tour by a guide who hasn't really stopped to ask anyone for questions at any point. The book failed to grab me nor make me feel any real sense of get up and go...perhaps this is because other books (even newspaper articles!) had done a much better job. I think my main source of dissatisfaction came from the fact that I really really wanted to like it and the author still intrigues me, but it was a bit like new artists that pop up all the time...some stand out more than others and have that natural charisma and others just blend and eventually become forgettable. A bit like this book. Except it's hard to forget that I paid more for it than it was worth.

For a book that was meant to help keep me going on my commute to a job that I hated (I have since left but not because of anything within the book. Actually I finished 'bothering to read' the book months before my resignation), it often became passed up in favour of the free London newspaper. Pity really...
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9 of 10 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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20 of 23 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I am working my way through this book by dipping ...
I am working my way through this book by dipping in and out as and when I have time, I am finding it thought provoking
Published 13 days ago by D. McFarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Read
I think it' a good read. The $100 Startup shows up what's possible - but Guillebeau doens't really go further than that. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Phil Nind
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing and inspirational.
Published 25 days ago by Leanne Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, inspirational read, would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Carlile
5.0 out of 5 stars $100. Let the adventure begin
This is a book written by a fascinating author whose own colourful, adventurous lifestyle has made him into a great interviewer / researcher for a wide selection of entrepreneurs... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Green
5.0 out of 5 stars gave some great examples. Stands out from the 'Stevie took his ...
Superb, gave some great examples. Stands out from the 'Stevie took his $10,000 and lived his dream' books that are lovely... But mostly we don't have $10,000 in the first place!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. Ambler
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great for both inspiration and practical advice. Lots of great real life examples, and interesting stories. If you are looking to start something yourself, this is a must-read.
Published 1 month ago by B. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational and practical business book for anyone getting going
Wonderfully written engaging book which is full of inspiration and great ideas. Whether all of the stories are fully true or not is incidental, because the principles and advice... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DF
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, I do recommend it
This book got me intrigued with its catchy title and it was definately a good read, I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Kris Hristov
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point
Small book, big content. I read in a week and now start again.
I'm not saying is a "bible" but it is felt of inspiring ideas and writer is not pretentious. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pablo Daniel Rodriguez Sanchez
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