Chris Guillebeau’s, “The $100 Startup” might be one of the top ten books read and purchased by today’s entrepreneurs. It is by far and away one of the most influential books of our time. At the time of writing this Chris has almost 1500 ratings and nearly 1000 reviews of the book on Amazon.com alone! “The $100 Startup” is essentially a collection of valuable lessons Chris has amassed from over 1500 individuals who have built successful business that all started for little to no cost upfront.
The majority of us going into self-employment see it as a way to escape the trap of working for another employer. The lack of job security, the lack of growth and opportunity, and the lack of freedom to pursue meaningful ways to spend our day while still getting paid well for the time invested are too great a risk for a lot of us. We want to carve our own path and find ways to contribute or take our best skill sets and turn those into a business model that can be successful.
Chris’s book is a great blend of both passion and reality as he outlines ways you can “use what you know” to formulate a viable business idea. He also helps you to find ways to monetize your passions and even restructure a lifestyle around the business idea to help bring it to fruition.
I love this book because it is highly detailed oriented as well and does not leave you feeling like they never did more than just scratch the surface. Anyone who reads this book and appreciates the message will come away better for having done so with some great ideas and tools for moving forward.
This book makes my Top 5 Must-Have books for aspiring entrepreneurs.
In the Manifesto of the book, the first line, says it all for me and I was immediately hooked:
Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do. Imagine giving your greatest attention to a project you create yourself, instead of working as a cog in a machine that exists to make other people rich.
Take a moment and let that sink in. This entire book will get under your skin and inspire you to make these changes. Live life like you should.
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