May 28, 2012

reading: $100 Start-Up

100startupI've read almost everything Chris Guillebeau has written. His three manifestos; his blog. His first book, The Art of Non-Conformity , got several read-throughs.
When Chris toured around for his first book, I helped host the Omaha meet-up and was pleased when we innundated him with treats!
And I am proud to call Chris my friend.
So when he started talking up his latest book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, I knew I had to get a copy and read it as well.
People, this book DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. If you've ever wondered if you could take that idea of yours and turn it into a business, this book will give you the step by step instructions for doing so. If you've never thought of yourself as an entrepreneur but love the thought of making a little extra money off your passion, this is the book for you.
If you just like reading case studies of folks who are living their dreams, this is the book for you.
If you are like me, someone who has no desire to be an entrepreneur and yet wants to spread a message, this book can also help you!
Chapter by chapter, Chris lays out how he believes anyone and everyone can find security, passion and excitement in doing what they love, and for very little start-up cash. He profiles hundreds of folks doing this very thing (including Megan Hunt of Princess Laserton fame, and a fellow Omaha gal), and gets them to share intimate details about what makes their businesses click.
I filled half a notebook with thoughts and ideas while reading this book - it's that good. Some of those ideas have already been put into play here on the blog (and in my shop), and many more will be given space in the coming months.
Pick up a copy at your local bookstore, for your e-reader, or through Amazon - you won't be disappointed!
*note: Some of the links in this post are Amazon Associate links. I make a small profit off purchases made through these links, which I use to buy books!

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