- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (24 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023076651X
- ISBN-13: 978-0230766518
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
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If you have the fire in you, this book will help you turn it into a very rewarding way of life.
As a fun exercise I have identified taking £100 and buying items and reselling to see how quickly I can double my money. After all interest on accounts is so insulting that counting your money and ironing it are more satisfying than the paltry returns from a bank. To make things even more of a challenge rather than just taking the money from an account I will sell existing surplus items to get the ball rolling.Read more ›
The book outlines using case studies different steps you can and often should take when developing a start-up. I like the fact that Chris uses multiple different business types and isn't just writing from his own experience - although we benefit from that also. He doesn't claim the book is always right all the time for every business. But that is what I like about it. It is very prescriptive without saying that the same prescription will cure all ills. In fact the book shows many cases that the same approach went different ways.
One of my favourite concepts is the Hollywood launch. This is also outlined in another great start-up book ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever. It gives a no nonsense achieveable way to launch a product or service step by changeable step.
Mostly the reason to buy this book is it shows you can do it too. And not in a cheesy over the top love fest kind of way. But in a practical get your hands dirty and don't risk having to pawn the kids kind of way.
So if you are even tempted to start something for your self this is a good book to have on the shelf. Preferably take it down and read as well though!
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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I found this an inspirational book, so much so that I read it twice, once in 2014 and again in 2016. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jason
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It takes a while to get to the point, I was hoping for lots of unique ideas to make money but this book isn't great for that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave T.
I bought this book to inspire my other half and ended up reading it myself. It is very motivational, and although very few of the examples were $100 startups, it does show you how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hannah