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The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future Hardcover – 8 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; First Edition edition (8 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951526
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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"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
"
""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"
" "
"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 Sli

""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"
""
"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 toa 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 thatthey don't need a fortune to make one."
--John Jantsch, author of "Duct Tape Marketing "and "The Referral Engine "
Crammedwith 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""

"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

"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

-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

-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

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Learn how to be your own boss and spend more time living your life --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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I did a $100 startup long before the book came out & it can still be done. Be aware that in reality, permanent passive income is almost impossible. Once the work is done promotion needs to be continuous to be successful.
Blogging, writing, podcasting, property investing, performing, or selling anything tangible requires work work & more work to make it work.
Worth a read but some ideas probably a bit outdated now.
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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 around the world. Please note that the book does not purport to be about turning $100 into a million following steps one to seven. The vital ingredient the reader needs for their own definition of success is to be willing to test and adapt. This is essential not just for the beginning of the enterprise but for its growth and continuing relevance to it's customers. Many of the stories are about people's escape from what is currently not working for them. An uncompromising job. That sums up most employment. As your boss is often more focused on their needs than yours. Perhaps the job came to an abrupt end. In some cases it is about what people love to do which also earns them a living but the author is fair in pointing out that such a love match is not always possible or desirable. It teaches you to test and "lean into" (to quote Jack Canfield) your hunches to find out whether the rest of the world agrees that your offering is appealing. Certainly it beats the people who buy a pub or restaurant because they think that their talent as a congenial host will survive setbacks and disappointments, miscalculation and staffing problems. Such enterprises have high and devastating failure rates.

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.
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The $100 start-up is a great book for anyone starting any business at any level. Why do I say this? Because whether you are investing less than $100 or over a million somethings are always going to be true.

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!
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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 you can get off the ground with very little. I would recommend it to anyone with an entrepreneurial mind or as a gift. However, it is not a prescriptive book that shows you step-by-step how to build a $100 startup.
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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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