The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Open Discussion on the Book Written by Chris Guillebeau
Tuesday evening 05.29.12 at 7
Wouldn’t it be a great time to create your own startup? Chris Guillebeau says that it is. He has impressive data and worldwide experiential evidence to prove it. He has traveled all over the globe doing his own thing and meeting and analyzing others doing theirs. Better yet, many of the success stories started with less than $100 cash. Even if you don’t quit your day job or stop interviewing to land one you could pocket some serious change. To make Guillebeau’s list the startups had to make at least $50,000.00 per year. Better yet Guillebeau details a simple but sensible “idea matrix” that separates “hobbies and passions” from being viable “$100 Startup” ventures. Further, most of the ventures were free of “special skills requirements.” Is there a hobby, passion, special interest or such that you have dreamed about making money at? You really ought to read this one.
Extended unemployment funds have dried up. The rules all changed in late 2008. Job security became the ultimate oxymoron as millions of jobs were shed in the corporate universe. Many of those jobs have not returned or now offer less in terms of salary, benefits, and satisfaction. Temporary and short-term contractual work has surged. Restructuring and downsizing have spread across the globe. Experience and transferable skills have not lead to new careers in alternate industries. New graduates have failed to land jobs in their fields of study or yielded anything beyond positions that were once filled by those with only a high school education or GED. Sounds bleak? It could get worse. Another recession is not unthinkable.
Why not let your imagination soar and vet it against the prudent strategies outlined in “The $100 Startup?” Or you could keep waiting for The Man or politicians to make things better.
“$100 Startup” Discussion Questions:
- Is your current employer or current industry looking out for you?
- How much time do you waste per week that could be used to create a viable enterprise?
- Do you have any skills, hobbies, abilities that people frequently compliment you on?
- What have you seen other people doing for money and realized that you could do it better?
- Why is “action” always more important than “planning?”
- What are your “excuses?” “But, but, but…”
- What if you “fail?”
- How are those “retirement projections” looking about now?
- What is “job security?”
- Could your “personal mission statement fit on twitter?”
- Next steps?
“The money you have is enough. Chris makes it crystal clear: there are no excuses left. START. Start now, not later. Hurry.” –Seth Godin
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