The $100 Startup : Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More

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The $100 Startup : Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More

ₓ Format Kindle [ ≭ The $100 Startup : Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More ] For Free ₮ Author Chris Guillebeau ⃐ Chapter 1 RenaissanceYou already have the skills you needyou just have to know where to look.The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.maya angelouOn the Monday morning of May 4, 2009, Michael Hanna put on a Nordstrom suit with a colorful tie and headed to his office building in downtown Portland, Oregon A twenty five year veteran sales professional, Michael spent his days attending meetings, pitching clients, and constantly responding to email.Arriving at work, he settled into his cubicle, reading the news and checking a few emails One of the messages was from his boss, asking to see him later that day The morning passed uneventfully emails, phone calls, and planning for a big pitch Michael took a client out to lunch, stopping off for an espresso recharge on the way back in He returned in time to fire off a few replies and head to the bosss office.Inside the office, Michael took a seat and noticed that his boss didnt make eye contact After that, he says, everything happened in slow motion I had heard story after story of this experience from other people, but I was always disconnected from it I never thought it could happen to me.His boss mentioned the downturn in the economy, the unavoidable need to lose good people, and so on An H.R manager appeared out of nowhere, walking Michael to his desk and handing him a cardboard boxan actual box to pack up his things Michael wasnt sure what to say, but he tried to put on a brave face for his nearby colleagues He drove home at two thirty, thinking about how to tell his wife, Mary Ruth, and their two children that he no longer had a job.After the shock wore off, Michael settled into an unfamiliar routine, collecting unemployment checks and hunting for job leads The search was tough He was highly qualified, but so were plenty of other people out pounding the pavement every day The industry was changing, and it was far from certain that Michael could return to a well paying job at the same level he had worked before.One day, a friend who owned a furniture store mentioned that he had a truckload of closeout mattresses and no use for them You could probably sell these things one at a time on Craigslist and do pretty well, he told Michael The idea sounded crazy, but nothing was happening on the job front Michael figured if nothing else, he could at least sell the mattresses at cost He called Mary Ruth Honey, its a long story, but is it OK if I buy a bunch of mattresses The next step was to find a location to stash the goods Hunting around the city, Michael found a car dealership that had gone out of business recently Times were hard in the real estate business too, so when Michael called the landlord to see if he could set up shop inside the old showroom, he had a deal The first inventory went quickly through Craigslist and word of mouth, and the biggest problem was answering questions from potential customers about what kind of mattress they should buy I had no business plan and no knowledge of mattresses, Michael said My impression of mattress stores was that they were seedy, high pressure places I wasnt sure what kind of place I was trying to build, but I knew it had to be a welcoming environment where customers werent hassled.After the first experience went well, Michael took the plunge and studied up on mattresses, talking to local suppliers and negotiating with the landlord to remain in the former car showroom Mary Ruth built a website The concept of a no hard sell mattress store went over well in Portland, and business grew when the store offered the industrys first ever mattress delivery by bicycle A friend built a custom tandem bike with a platform on the back that could hold a king size mattress Customers who rode their own bikes to the store received free delivery, a pricing tactic that inspired loyalty and a number of fan videos uploaded to YouTube.It wasnt what Michael had ever expected to do, but he had built a real business, profitable right from the first truckload of mattresses and providing enough money to support his family On the two year anniversary of his abrupt departure from corporate life, Michael was looking through his closet when he spotted the Nordstrom suit he had worn on his last day Over the last two years, he hadnt worn itor any other professional dress clothesa single time He carried the suit out to his bike, dropped it off at Goodwill, and continued on to the mattress store Its been an amazing two years since I lost my job, he says now I went from corporate guy to mattress deliveryman, and Ive never been happier.Across town from Michaels accidental mattress shop, first time entrepreneur Sarah Young was opening a yarn store around the same time When asked why she took the plunge at the height of the economic downturn and with no experience running a business, Sarah said Its not that I had no experience I just had a different kind of experience I wasnt an entrepreneur before, but I was a shopper I knew what I wanted, and it didnt exist, so I built it Sarahs yarn store, profiled further in Chapter 11, was profitable within six months and has inspired an international following.Meanwhile, elsewhere around the world, others were skipping the part about having an actual storefront, opening Internet based businesses at almost zero startup cost In England, Susannah Conway started teaching photography classes for fun and got the surprise of her life when she made money than she did as a journalist Question What did you not foresee when starting up Answer I didnt know I was starting up Benny Lewis graduated from a university in Ireland with an engineering degree, but never put it to use Instead he found a way to make a living as a professional language hacker, traveling the world and helping students quickly learn to speak other languages Question Is there anything else we should know about your business Answer Yes Stop calling it a business Im having the time of my life Welcome to the strange new world of micro entrepreneurship In this world, operating independently from much of the other business news you hear about, Indian bloggers make 200,000 a year Roaming, independent publishers operate from Buenos Aires and Bangkok Product launches from one man or one woman businesses bring in 100,000 in a single day, causing nervous bank managers to shut down the accounts because they dont understand whats happening.Oddly, many of these unusual businesses thrive by giving things away, recruiting a legion of fans and followers who support their paid work whenever it is finally offered My marketing plan is strategic giving, said Megan Hunt, who makes hand crafted dresses and wedding accessories in Omaha, Nebraska, shipping them all over the world Empowering others is our greatest marketing effort, said Scott Meyer from South Dakota We host training sessions, give away free materials, and answer any question someone emails to us at no charge whatsoever.In some ways, renegade entrepreneurs who buck the system and go it alone are nothing new Microbusinessesbusinesses typically run by only one personhave been around since the beginning of commerce Merchants roamed the streets of ancient Athens and Rome, hawking their wares In many parts of rural Africa and Asia, much commerce still takes place through small transactions and barter.Unconventional approaches to marketing and public relations have also been around for a while Long before it was common, a band had an idea for communicating directly with fans, bypassing the traditional structure of record labels as much as possible The fans felt like they were part of a community instead of just a crowd of adoring listeners Oh, and instead of relying primarily on album sales for income, the band would rely on ticket sales and merchandising at an unending series of live concerts The example sounds like its happening today, but the year was 1967, and the band was the Grateful Dead.Whats new, however, is how quickly someone can start a business and reach a group of customers The building process is much faster and cheaper today than it has ever been Going from idea to startup can now take less than a month and cost less than 100just ask any of the people whose stories youll read in this book Commerce may have been around forever, but scale, reach, and connection have changed dramatically The handyman who does odd jobs and repairs used to put up flyers at the grocery store now he advertises through Google to people searching for kitchen cabinet installation in their city.Its not an elitist club its a middle class, leaderless movement All around the world, ordinary people are opting out of traditional employment and making their own way Instead of fighting the system, theyre creating their own form of workusually without much training, and almost always without much money These unexpected entrepreneurs have turned their passion into profit while creating a meaningful life for themselves.What if you could do this too What if you could have the same freedom to set your own schedule and determine your own priorities Good news Freedom is possible More good news Freedom isnt something to be envisioned in the vaguely distant futurethe future is now.The 100 Startup ModelIve been hearing stories about unconventional businesses for at least a decade, even as Ive been operating a series of them myself Through my work as a writer and entrepreneur, I had access to a wide circle of microbusiness case studies profitable businesses typically run solely by one person without much in the way of startup capital In preparing for a comprehensive study, I began by checking with many of my friends and colleagues, but I didnt stop there.In 2010 I produced a series of workshops on low budget business ideas with Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation The first time we announced a workshop, it sold out in ninety minutes We then offered spots in another workshop that wouldnt be held for several months, and it sold out before lunchtime Since it was clear we had found a demand for this information, I dug deeper.While hosting the workshops, I became interested in the follow your passion modelthe idea that successful small businesses are often built on the pursuit of a personal hobby or interest I conducted interviews with entrepreneurs all over the world and documented their stories for an online course called the Empire Building Kit The course was the inspiration for launching the project on a wider scale and then for writing this book.I had a number of case studies in mind at the outset, but in preparation for writing the book, I cast the net much wider I drew respondents from online and offline, collecting data through a Google form that grew to thousands of data points As I traveled to sixty three cities in North America on a book tour, I kept meeting and hearing about unconventional, accidental entrepreneurs.When I finally closed the nomination process, I had than 1,500 respondents to choose from All of the respondents met at least four of the following six criteria Follow your passion model Many people are interested in building a business that is based on a hobby or activity they are especially enthusiastic about As well see, not every passion leads to big bank deposits, but some certainly do Low startup cost I was interested in businesses that required less than 1,000 in startup capital, especially those which cost almost nothing less than 100 to begin At least 50,000 a year in net income I wanted profitable businesses that earned at least as much as the average North American income As we go along, youll notice that the range varies considerably, with many businesses earning healthy six figure incomes or higher, but a baseline profitability level of at least 50,000 a year was required No special skills Since we were looking at ordinary people who created a successful business, I had a bias toward businesses that anyone can operate This point can be hard to define, but theres a key distinction Many businesses require specialized skills of some kind, but they are skills that can be acquired through a short period of training or independent study You could learn to be a coffee roaster on the job, for example, but hopefully not a dentist Full financial disclosure Respondents for the study agreed to disclose their income projection for the current year and actual income for at least the previous two years Further, they had to be willing to discuss income and expenses in specific terms Fewer than five employees For the most part, I was interested in unexpected or accidental entrepreneurs who deliberately chose to remain small Many of the case studies are from businesses operated strictly by one person, which closely relates to the goal of personal freedom that so many respondents identified.I excluded businesses that were in adult or quasi legal markets, and in most cases also excluded businesses that were highly technical or required special skills to operate The baseline test was, Could you explain what you do to your grandmother, and would you be willing to Next, I wanted to look at businesses started by people all over the world About half of our stories come from the United States, and half come from the rest of the world From Silicon Valley to Atlanta, the U.S is a hub for entrepreneurship, both in terms of values and ease of startup But as well see, people from all over the world are creating their own microbusinesses, sometimes following the U.S model and other times doing it independently.Finally, in making the last selections for the studies presented here, I had a bias toward interesting stories Not every business needs to be sexy or trendworthyin fact, many of the ones here arentbut I liked stories that highlighted originality and creativity Two years ago in Minneapolis, Lisa Sellman attracted my attention by telling me about her dog care business At first, I didnt think much of it How profitable could a dog care business be But then Lisa told me how much money she made 88,000 the previous year and on track to clear six figures the next All of a sudden I was interested How did Lisa do it and what lessons could we learn from her Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Reli. The 100 Startup is a twofer It s a kick in the pants to get started on your dream and a road map for finding your way once you begin If you re not ready to launch your own business after reading this book, you need to go back and read it again Daniel H Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind In this valuable guide Chris Guillebeau shows that transforming an idea into a successful business can be easier than you thinkYou are in charge of which ideas deserve your time, and this book can help you wake up every morning eager to progress to the next step Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com The money you have is enough Chris makes it crystal clear there are no excuses left START Start now, not later Hurry Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of The Bootstrappers Bible Everything Chris Guillebeau does is in earnest The ideas inside this book willlead you toa better place Chris Brogan, President of Human Business Works and author of Trust Agents With traditional career doors slamming shut, its easy to panic, but Chris Guillebeau sees opportunities everywhere Making a career out of your passion sounds like a dream, but in this straight forward, engaging book he shows you how to get it done, one simple step at a time Alan Paul, author of Big in China Delivers exactly what a new entrepreneur needs road tested, effective and exceptionally pragmatic advice for starting a new business on a shoestring Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur Guillebeau has been in the trenches for years, and in The 100 Startup he guides you step by step through how he and dozens of others have turned their passions into profits It s essential reading for the solopreneur Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative This book is than a how to guide, it s a how they did it guide that should persuade anyone thinking about starting a business thatthey don t need a fortune to make one John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine Crammedwith data, checklists, models, and concrete examples.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 Timesbestseller The Happiness Project Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Reli. 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