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About The $100 Startup Book

Lead a life of adventure, meaning and purpose—and earn a good living.
“Thoughtful, funny, and compulsively readable, this guide shows how ordinary people can build solid livings, with independence and purpose, on their own terms.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
Still in his early thirties, Chris Guillebeau completed a tour of every country on earth 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. 
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 focused 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. It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise”—even if you don’t consider it such—and what other people will pay for.  You don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.
Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars his group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick. Among Chris’s key principles: If you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish—sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.
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 our own life, we can help others change theirs. This remarkable book will start you on your way.

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The $100 Startup Model

The $100 Startup Model

  • Follow-your-passion model.
  • Build something that people want and give it to them.
  • Low startup cost.
  • At least $50,000 a year in net income.
  • No special skills.
  • Full financial disclosure.
  • Fewer than five employees.
  • Could you explain what you do to your grandmother, and would you be willing to?


Passion And Usefulness

Passion And Usefulness

  • But in the overlap between the two circles, where passion or skill meets usefulness, a business built on freedom and value can thrive.
  • Not-so-secret recipe for microbusiness alchemy: Passion or skill + usefulness = success
  • There’s no failproof method; in fact, failure is often the best teacher.


“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”



Where Do Ideas Come From?

Where Do Ideas Come From?

As you begin to think like an entrepreneur, you'll notice that business idea can come from any where.

  • New technology or opportunity
  • A changing space
  • A side project

When thinking about different business ideas, also think about these

a. How would I get paid with this idea?

b. How much would I get paid from this idea?

c. Is there a way i could get paid more than once?


<p>Value means helping people....

Value means helping people. Very simple right?

Lets try a complex definition. Value is something desirable or of worth, created through exchange or effort.

In creating value the goal is to improve people life through creating product, service or simplifying process.

Your customers/client should always be at your heart. Answer the question they will ask by improving the solution for better experience and easy use.

Without customer satisfaction their is no create for the people and if possible, with the people.

The more a business can focus on the core benefit instead of boring features, the more customers will connect.

And that's what we all want because that is where the money hides.




The goal of enterpreneuship is to produce freedom and at the same time create value.

Every one who seek financial freedom must have something in exchange for it....its called VALUE.This two are woven together and must be fully understood because they both have something in common which is RESPONSIBILITY to your self and to the people (audience/client).

Let dive into how we can create a blue print for freedom.

1.By convergence- not everything that you are passionate about or skilled in is interesting to the rest of the world, and not everything is marketable.

You must watch out for that point were your passion and what others care about meets. That is the where freedom lies.

Convergence represent that intersection between something you especially like to do or are good at doing (preferably both) and what other people are interested in .



"Don't think innovative

think usefulness"




"Bias toward Action

Rather stuck on Plan" 



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