Book Details

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

Chris Guillebeau

Business, Self Help, Entrepreneurship


The $100 Startup is a how-to guide for those who are looking to start their own business, but may not have the financial means or knowledge to yet. The book doesn’t focus on teaching readers how to make mass amounts of money with a business they may not like, but instead focuses on helping readers create a business doing something that they love, and something that potential clients will also find great value in. Rather than giving readers all the necessary tools to create a huge business to start off, Guillebeau teaches them how they can start small and smart, investing little money and seeing where the business goes before working out all the larger details. In doing so, readers are encouraged to pursue their business plan right away, and are discouraged from making excuses to postpone their business launch.

The book is a mixture of valuable advice, exercises, and real-life success stories of those who have made their way as successful business owners starting small. Readers are walked through the process of starting a business, from ideation all the way to business launch and expansion. Overall, the book is a great starting point for those who wish to have a more fulfilling and meaningful career, and who want to explore the world of entrepreneurship.

Author Bio

Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, and public speaker who has written a number of books, including The Happiness of Pursuit and Born for This. As an entrepreneur for many years, Guillebeau has been in constant pursuit of occupational freedom, happiness, and sharing his tips for success with the world. He has started many successful entrepreneurial projects, including Unconventional Guides and The Travel Hacking Cartel. Guillebeau also hosts the World Domination Summit every summer, which is an inspirational retreat/festival in Portland, Oregon.


If you are looking to start a new business doing something you love, and don’t want to invest too much money to start with, this book is probably a good fit for you. The book is a great starting point if you are just starting to play with the idea of building a business, but you’re not sure what the business will entail or how you will get it going. There is a lot of practical advice in the book, including advice on coming up with business ideas, and creating a product or service that’s valuable and useful to others. The success stories in the book are inspiring and relatable, and give hope that a small idea can turn into a successful and fulfilling business.

If you’re trying to get into the nitty gritty details of business management, or you’re looking for ways to make a lot of money doing something you might not enjoy, then there are plenty of other books that can fulfill those needs. However, if you want to follow your passions in life, and create a business that revolves around your interests and talents, then you should definitely give this book a try. You may find that this book is just the inspiration you need to get your own business idea going.