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

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

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


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Things I liked: 1) thorough coverage of all things related to …, December 12, 2017

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Didn’t know what to expect so was pleasantly surprised (probably because the title evoked “get rich fast”). Things I liked: 1) thorough coverage of all things related to conceiving, test driving, launching and growing a micro business. 2) case studies and realistic financials: perfectly highlighted the diverse range of product and services that can be offered through such a model of micro business. The financials are realistic numbers, therefore setting reasonable expectations (hopefully) for people who might consider trying or benchmarking. 3) The discussion about scaling vs. keeping it small is a very interesting one: I liked that the author presented real-life cases for either scenarios for food for thought instead of advocating one or the other (e.g. presenting a single “formula” as the golden rule that all shall follow)–I can see how this particular decision can be case sensitive and there really is no “right” answer as long as it works for the entrepreneur! 4) Keep hearing the term “the gig economy” these days and this book now gives me a window into a world of side-hustle and micro businesses that I was not previously aware of or super interested in. Enjoyed the book a lot, and might be considering trying my hand at some side-gigs. I mean, why not?
191 of 204 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
poorly written, fluff filled book – skip this one, September 14, 2017

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I write very few reviews, but this book was so utterly underwhelming I felt compelled to save others their time. The key lesson I walked away with is that if this poorly written, superficial, drivel laden book can land on the New York Times Best Seller list than fear not, you can definitely succeed in whatever your dream job may be. I have two main critiques of this book: 1) it dumbs down every idea and concept to such an elementary school level that its incredibly hard to stay interested. I’m no MBA business nerd, far from it, even so it’s still cloyingly base and superficial. I love simplicity and clarity, but there’s a difference between getting to a point and having no point at all. This falls on the later for 90% of the content. 2) There are sprinkles of keen insights and valuable lessons in here, but you have to work through dozens of vignettes and pop out boxes that were obviously written with about 5 minutes of preparation, because the vast majority you’ll be scratching your head to figure out their point. And finally, a point that never ceased to bring my eyes rolling to the top of my head is the author’s ridiculously naive interpretation of what people want with the freedom that comes from self-employment. There is an explicit assumption made abundantly clear throughout the book that we all desperately desire to be world-traveling, apple laptop toting, internet marketers. As a person who has traveled internationally the last ten years for work and now has a young family, I am desperate for the exact opposite lifestyle he purports I should want.

I recommend skipping this and getting books that either have much more substance, eg this Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need, or, a this great book I just found that not only is immensely better written but is also more practical and motivating: The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Useful for Me, March 17, 2016
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I found this book to be largely anecdotal and whose primary message was that other people found a variety of ideas for start ups that fit their lives. Although the title suggested very low cost start ups, much of the book was about startups that involved a great deal more funding and even discussed incorporation and starting non-profits. There were a few check-list pages that I may find useful in the future. Otherwise, if you are looking for a truly useful book, I would look elsewhere.

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