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

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ISBN-10: 0307951529

ISBN-13: 9780307951526

Edition: 2012

Authors: Chris Guillebeau

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"Shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms.”--Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1New York TimesbestsellerThe Happiness ProjectHave you been searching for a rewarding, high-paying job but making no progress?  Do youhavea job but feel you’re just going through the motions, that what you do from 9 to 5 has nothing to do with your true passions?  Are you called to a life of travel and adventure, but feel chained to your desk or cubicle?  Do you want your life to have more meaning and purpose? Chris Guillebeau wrote this book for you. Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.  There aremanyotherslike Chris – those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful.  Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn’t depend on shelving what you currently do.  You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you're sure it's successful. In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from an initial investment of $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. Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment.  In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold.  Today, we know that it’s up to us to change our lives.  And the best part is, if we change ourownlife, we can help others changetheirs.  This remarkable book will start you on your way. 
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Prologue: Manifesto
A short guide to everything you want
Unexpected Entrepreneurs
You already have the skills you need- you just have to know where to look.
Give Them the Fish
How to put happiness in a box and sell it
Follow Your Passion … Maybe
Get paid to do what you love by making sure it connects to what other people want
The Rise of the Roaming Entrepreneur
"Location, location, location" is overrated.
The New Demographics
Your customers all have something in common, but it has nothing to do with old-school categories.
Taking it to the Streets
The One-Page Business Plan
If your mission statement is much longer than this sentence, it could be too long.
An Offer You Can't Refuse
The step-by-step guide to creating a killer offer.
A trip to Hollywood from your living room or the corner coffee shop.
Hustling: The Gentle Art of Self-Promotion
Advertising is like sex: Only losers pay for it.
Show Me the Money
Unconventional fundraising from Kickstarter to unlikely car loans.
Leverage and Next Steps
Moving On Up
Tweaking your way to the bank: How small actions create big increases in income.
How to Franchise Yourself
Instructions on cloning yourself for fun and profit.
Going Long
Become as big as you want to be (and no bigger).
But What If I Fail?
How to succeed even if your roof caves in on you.
Disclosures and Interesting Facts
But Wait, There's More!
Fish Stories Appendix: Twenty-Five Selected Case Studies
Rockstars from the $100 Startup