$100 Startup
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$100 Startup

Have you ever thought about staring your own business and worried about where you are going to get the money from? Well this month we are going to tackle that straight on. “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future” is an interesting look at 50 case studies that have stared a business and take them to over $50,000.

Online the reviews of this book definitely indicate that this book is more like a 101 for people that have never even set up a business but as that a part of what we like to cover here at Two Schmucks we thought that it would be a good one for us to get stared with.

If you want to join us this month in the Business Book Club it is completely free (You have to buy the book, click here for a link to it on Amazon) just sign up for an account read the book and join the conversation.

One thought on “$100 Startup”

  1. Alastair says:
    5

    So I have just finished The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau and I must say I really like this book.

    If you are already running a business then this book does some have some great tips but it is not really aimed at you. If on the other hand you have an idea for a business or just want to escape the monotony of the Monday to Friday 9-6 then this book is a must read.

    I love the way that Chris has broken up the book and walked the reader through the stories of a number of “microbusinesses” taking them from the initial idea through to getting started, outsourcing, growing and finally wrapping it up in a concise conclusion.

    When we started Two Schmucks, we did it to give people a place to come and get inspiration, learn and generally make there lives better. The $100 Startup is inspiring to me as to the standard that we need to reach. It is the perfect blend of great information, story telling and humor.

    He makes starting a business as simple as this list on page 18:

    1. Product or service: what will you sell
    2. People willing to pay for it: customers
    3. A way to get paid: how you’ll exchange a product or service for money

    And that is it. People think it is so complicated but that is business at it’s core. No more, no less. People ask me what I do (to be honest I am not always sure), now I know what I am going to tell them! “I do the above!” I will just have to hope that this list is above me when I say it.

    I really love Chris’s use of “Key Points” at the end of chapters and little grey boxes with things like “one page business plan” in them.

    One page business plan, perfect, maybe a little long, but other wise perfect. I have never written a business plan I certainly never want to read one. If you can’t explain your business to someone in 2 minutes ether you don’t have a business or worse you don’t understand it.

    There is one thing I do not exactly agree with Chris on. He keeps calling these “business” or “micro-business” and to me some of them are not quite that. Some of the entrepreneurs that Chris follows are one man or woman, bands like photographers or freelancers. To me that is not a business per se. A business to me can be sold or at least run with out the participation of the owner. I in no way want to belittle the achievements of these individuals but I do think a distinction is needed. So I think we need to come up with a new word for Chris…. and indeed us! To describe these one man bands, systematically changing the economic land scape of the world. Anyone got a better idea than “ettmanus”??? (It means one man in latin)

    So over all this is a 5 star book in my opinion and a complete must read. I picked it up on Friday put it down on Monday and I am not a fast reader. If you have read this far what are you waiting for? Order a copy!

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