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The $100 Startup May 18, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Life Balance, People.

Are you where you want to be?

Doing what you want to do? 

If not, what’s holding you back?

Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do.

Don’t give in to FEAR.  Just do it! 

In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.

In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.

For more information: visit The $100 Startup . . . or meet Chris in person as he travels around the world on tour.  He’ll be the guy serving cupcakes!

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About the Author:  Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, and traveler. During a lifetime of self-employment and ventures ranging from online publishing to volunteer work in West Africa, he has visited nearly every country on earth. Host of the World Domination Summit, an international gathering of creative people, Chris is focused on encouraging individual quests while also “giving back.” His main website, ChrisGuillebeau.com, is visited by more than 300,000 people a month.

Related posts:  The Core Elements of a Conscious Business (Lynn Fang) * Living The Transformation (Lynn Fang) 


1. Life in the Boomer Lane - May 18, 2012

I haven’t read the book, but a friend and I started a speed dating company back in 1999, with less than $100. Our first year in business, we made almost $100,000. But we were terrible business people and actually spent way more than we had to of the profits. We ran the company for 3.5 years, and each year our business expenses went up and our profits went down. Hopefully this book includes ways to make sure the business stays lucrative!

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

That’s amazing, Renee. You obviously had a great idea and the motivation, determination, inspiration, and courage to run with it . . . all important attributes for budding entrepreneurs.

Motivation gets us started . . . a “road map” keeps us going.

bluebee - May 20, 2012

And that’s often the problem, Renee – a lot of people have great ideas, but expert and disciplined execution is needed for ongoing success

2. Andra Watkins - May 18, 2012

I’ve spent way more than $100 to realize my passion, but I know it will pay off. 🙂

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

That’s the SPIRIT! 😀

3. suzicate - May 18, 2012

…I love cupcakes so I’ll be looking for him!

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

There is a bakery in Siesta Key Village called Heavenly Cupcakes. It is aptly named. 😀

4. sufilight - May 18, 2012

I am going to get the book! We own a business but the profits are absorbed by our business debt, so I am open to creating a new one, and reading books like these can inspire me with ideas.

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

That’s exactly why I shared it, Marie . . . most of us benefit from a shot of inspiration now and then. 😀

Hope you get some ideas worth implementing.

5. Zen and Genki - May 18, 2012

I haven’t heard of this book, but will be ordering it in a moment from my local library..thank you so much for what looks like a really great recommendation!

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

Excellent. It’s only been “out and about” for a week or so. Chris is touring the county/world as we speak.

Zen and Genki - May 18, 2012

Oh, I’m so glad you thought to tell me that– I wouldn’t been wondering why the library system didn’t have it 🙂 Will definitely check it out at the bookstore then. Thank you!

6. cuhome - May 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing the video clip and the book title, The $100 Start-Up ! I’m going to buy it! Also, thanks for providing the links from Lynn Fang’s posts! Look out, here we come!!! ♥

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

Yay! You sound like you’re ready to Make Waves and Live Large! Woo Hoo!

7. wightrabbit - May 18, 2012

Great post – and totally in alignment with my current line of thinking. Thanks for the useful link, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - May 18, 2012

Thanks, Jacqueline. I’m glad it resonated with you.

8. Perfecting Motherhood - May 19, 2012

I’ve been freelancing for a year and a half and I would have a very hard time going back to the corporate world. I don’t make as much money as I could but I’d rather spend more time with my kids now, before they’re both in school every day, the whole day. I also want to build my photo business and that’s a low start-up cost too. My library doesn’t have this book yet but I’ll put it on my to-read list, because I’m sure I could use the inspiration at times when I’m doubting myself I can do this.

nrhatch - May 19, 2012

You might also check out his website . . . for some interim inspiration.

Perfecting Motherhood - May 19, 2012

Good idea, thanks!

9. Lynn Fang (@UpcycledLove) - May 19, 2012

Thanks for linking to my post! I love Chris Guillebeau’s work, but I haven’t yet read the $100 startup, as I’ve already spent more than that on my business education 🙂 What I really love about Chris is his focus on unconventional lifestyles, and his ability to play big and go interview all these people.

nrhatch - May 19, 2012

Same here. If we don’t have the life we want, it’s not going to land in our lap . . . we must carve out our niche until it’s a perfect fit. I love it when folks, like Chris, spread that message.

10. Three Well Beings - May 19, 2012

I admire people who have that entrepreneurial spirit and can take an idea and make it happen. I haven’t experienced that level of inspiration, but I am always ready to expand my thinking and dreaming! Debra

nrhatch - May 19, 2012

I have never felt very entrepreneurial ~ most money I’ve earned has come from paychecks. But maybe it’s time to try something NEW.

11. Crowing Crone Joss - May 19, 2012

Definitely will check out his site and order book as I am looking for ways to earn income as we travel. Would love to do that with writing but not sure it’s possible. Thanks for the encouragement.

nrhatch - May 19, 2012

Hope you and your guy can find a great way to finance your travels through Europe.

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - May 20, 2012

Can’t wait to read this! And my daughter in particular will enjoy it.

nrhatch - May 20, 2012

Excellent! I figured that some regular visitors would be intrigued by this book’s content.

Booksphotographsandartwork - May 21, 2012

That particular book was about $23.00 so I passed for the time being. A man who was in that section said he had that one but hadn’t read it yet. He said The Laptop Millionaire is really good. He highly recommended it.

nrhatch - May 21, 2012

Thanks, Linda. I often find inspiration on bookshelves ~ at home and at the library.

13. viviankirkfield - May 20, 2012

Thanks for the heads-up, Nancy! I’ll definitely have to grab a copy…love inspirational books about people who follow their vision.

nrhatch - May 21, 2012

Same here. I like to read about people who step outside of prescribed boundaries to carve a niche for themselves that’s a perfect fit.

14. eof737 - May 23, 2012

I’ve been following Chris for some years now and admire what he did. But first, we must come up with an idea (innovative or not) and that is the hardest part… TY! 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

For some, the ideas flow freely . . . but the motivation and know how is lacking. For others, they’ve got the motivation and know how . . . but can’t settle on the right idea.

I expect that both camps would get something out of his round-the-world research project.

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