Everywhere I turn I see The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebreau recommended for solopreneurs. I must’ve seen this book recommended by at least 7 or 8 different lifestyle entrepreneurs. By the 8th time I decided to see if I could borrow it from my local library, and they had it! I wanted to know if this book really provided a step-by-step blueprint for living life on your terms and making money doing so.
Overview of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebreau
Chris’ book has 14 Chapters, is a meaty 304 pages, and includes 50 actual case studies! The different people and businesses he profiled are so radically different, to the point that you feel as if you’ll be the very next one to be interviewed about YOUR startup. As you read this book you feel as if you really can be one of these people who makes the shift from working for da man, to working for yourself, under your own terms.
It’s just an amazing read. An easy read, actually.
The Good about The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebreau…
The highlight for me were the case studies. The other day I was reading this book while I was on the treadmill (when you don’t have a job, you have time to walk on the treadmill for 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week) and James of Jamestown Coffee – the guy who moved his family from Seattle, Washington to Lexington, SC (which happens to be right around the corner from me) – was mentioned for the 4th or 5th time so I had the brilliant idea to go meet him. So I did – sweat and all (You’re welcome, James, for sitting in your café for 2 hours in my sweaty gym clothes)! I got to meet a great guy, pick his brain about his business and his opinion on mine (he gave me his version of the green light), and met a good friend of his! Score! Plus, he had the most amazing things to say about Chris, which made me want to continue reading the book.
Not only do you get to see up close and personal, how other people started their microbusinesses, Chris also provides you with additional resources at 100startup.com, to help you get started on your own business. So it doesn’t end when you put down the book. In fact, the book is just the beginning…
The Bad about The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebreau…
It was too short. Remember when I said the book is 304 pages? 304 pages isn’t a little bit, but by the end of the book you want to read more, learn more, ask more questions about all of the different people and business you meet, by way of the book.
The second thing the book doesn’t do (and no book ever will) is tell you that your idea is brilliant, the next big thing, and the one thing which will take you from employee to business owner. I don’t think I’m the only one who just wants validation that their idea is do-able. Not that I need someone’s permission to start my own small company, but that I want someone who has been there to say “That will absolutely work in the marketplace today.”
My Verdict about The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebreau…
It’s a compelling read. It’s a book that I’ll put on my “to buy” list. My library copy was returned, but this is a book that you’ll want to refer back to time and time again. I’m not sure that I’ll necessarily learn more by reading it over and over again, but the book is filled with so much encouragement and inspiration, that I’ll want to pick it up, open it up to a random page, and read through the stories again.
It was just that good.
If you’re looking to get started as a solopreneur, and want to read how others did it (and on a shoestring!), how their ideas came about, and where they are with their businesses today (well, at the time the book was published), this a great book to start with.
Question: What is the one book you’ll never get rid of? The book that inspired you to make a change?
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