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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
Two years ago I was lost and really had no idea where I was taki
The result: Two years later I'm making $3,000 a month and completely location independent. Some would scoff at the earnings of only $3000 a month but think of it like this - this is $3000 making my own hours, not having a boss, and being able to work in fun places like Santa Cruz, Boliva (which I did this past winter). I'm also two years in to my own "self-college", teaching myself literature, spanish, and business.
The "$100 Start-Up" is perfect for those wanting to achieve this goal. I wish I had this two years ago because it is thorough, limits the fluff, and gives you ACTIONABLE steps to get things done. It is possible, and Chris has done an amazing job of giving you a blue-print to get there.
Bottom Line: Chris changed my life and he can change yours; buy this book and never look back.
posted by GeoffreyW on May 13, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Most Helpful Critical Review
6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
Not Recommended--- shallow, not well thought out.
The main value of $100 Startup is in the sketches of the various micro-businesses that have succeeded. Unfortunately the sketches are just that--- really brief.
The author emphasizes the necessity of "launching" a new product in a vigorous and planned way. The reason is that your best prospects are members of your pre-existing repeat customer base (which could simply consist of people who regularly visit your website). You don't want to make a lackluster presentation of a new product to them because that will turn them off and they will ignore your further exhortations. That discussion may be of value to you as it is in some depth and the author provides some specifics as to how to proceed.
To get to it you'll have to wade through a first chapter that starts with a pitiful attempt at poetry by "Maya Angelou" (actual name Marguerite Ann Johnson) and has a facing page with a drawing of a man riding a bicycle with a mattress on the back. Incredibly, the story of the mattress on the bicycle is about one of the author's heroes, a nut from Portland, Oregon who, to seek collective salvation of some kind by being "green", delivers the mattresses that he sells to customers who ride their bikes to his store for free... on the back of a special bicycle. Yeah. Really. That's a good thing to do in a little town like Portland where it never rains and there are few cars on the roads.
If you look at the reviews on Amazon you'll see that this guy Chris Guillebeau is presented as a genius. I can explain that. It's "logrolling". Google "logrolling free online dictionary" and take a look at the second definition: "The exchanging of favors or praise, as among artists, critics, or academics."
Michael Hyatt and Chris Guillebeau endorse each other for business reasons, as favors to each other. That's how I got stuck with this book. Don't believe it? Buy Platform. Hyatt spells it out how you have to seek endorsements prior to launching your book. There are many groupies/wannabees who, for whatever reason, hang on to characters like Michael Hyatt and Chris Guillebeau. Those are your commenters.
posted by Mike41 on July 10, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2012
Continuous self promotion loop-topic wholly undeveloped
Words and more words of self promotion, undeveloped, -- A paperback scam--all promotion, no value in product!
2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2012
Waste of time
Ok, finished, not impressed. The book claims irs stories are all folks who started business with less then $1,000 most understanding $100. FALSE. Full of success stories but no substance. Almost no useful info. Out pf 271 pages maybe one good paragraph. No better than all of tei s#!t load if other wasteful books out there
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