My book for August was The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau. Considering that 2 of my 4 parents own their own business, I was completely turned off from from being self-employed or owning my own business after seeing all the struggles & trials they’d been through over the years as small-business owners. Although I grew up reading the praises for “being your own boss” and “working for yourself” thanks to books by Robert Kiyosaki, I never thought it was for me. However, in the past year of watching how the internet is changing everything, I’ve been ever so slightly more open to the possibility that there was a way to earn a living without all the complications of running a small business like my parents have to manage.
Many of my new online friends that I admire all headed up to Portland this past summer to attend the World Domination Summit, hosted by Chris. There really aren’t any sufficient words to describe the event, but my outsider summary is a meeting of the minds of people who are changing the world in a wholehearted way. I read dozens of blogs singing the praises and talking about the amazing things that happened at #WDS12, including Chris launching his new book- The $100 Startup. That’s a lot of background, but that’s how I ended up with this book & decided to read it.
I thought the book & the premise were really great- profiling several dozen people who have started very successful businesses with very little capital. I’m entirely convinced that our economy is radically shifting right now & there are so many opportunities for people to be their own boss and work for themselves in a way that if fulfilling and profitable.
I wasn’t so much reading the book to get ideas for myself or having any real desire to start my own business, but I was inspired by the way that technology is rapidly changing out business, communication, and commerce are all happening. The idea that you can be “location independent” and live anywhere you want is deeply tempting to me, and I love this new generation of entrepreneurs coming up who are breaking ground in the way we view small businesses.
This is a great book, filled with wonderful strategies and tactics for creating and launching a business without a ton of resources. If you have any entreprenerial spirit at all or dream of somebody doing business in a way that you are passionte about, I’d highly suggest this book as a great starting point & also checking out the $100 Startup Website.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: At least the really nasty spider bite I have is on my leg in not the absolute worst place it could be.