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

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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

Two years ago I was lost and really had no idea where I was taking my life; a college student at the time I was kicked out for a semester for bad grades. While trying to ease my self-pity I browsed barnes & nobel (sorry amazon) and saw Chris's first book "The A...
Two years ago I was lost and really had no idea where I was taking my life; a college student at the time I was kicked out for a semester for bad grades. While trying to ease my self-pity I browsed barnes & nobel (sorry amazon) and saw Chris's first book "The Art of Non-Conformity". Feeling like an outsider already I decided to buy it and see where it would take me. Needless to say I couldn't put it down and finished it in 9 non-stop hours; it literally changed my life and my way of thinking. From that point I decided I would find a way to become location independent so I could travel the world while self-educating myself.

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, 2012

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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Not Recommended--- shallow, not well thought out.

Oh, it is of some value. While I was reading it I did make some notes about how I might adapt some of the approaches of the people whose businesses are discussed in the book to the business that I intend to start up. There are some things that I probably would not have ...
Oh, it is of some value. While I was reading it I did make some notes about how I might adapt some of the approaches of the people whose businesses are discussed in the book to the business that I intend to start up. There are some things that I probably would not have thought of by myself. The book "Platform..." by Michael Hyatt covers some of the same ground but is better in that it provides more specifics.

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, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Great inspiration if you want to start your own business

    I don't buy a lot of books, but I'm glad I bought this one. I've been thinking about starting my own business and this book felt like a coach on the sidelines encouraging me and making me believe it's possible.

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