TEW Book Club….Our first review begins with “The $100 StartUp”

The TEW Book Club loves to share books with you that we not only loved reading but found great value in and want our readers to know about it.  This week the TEW Book Club is sharing “The $100 StartUp” by Chris Guillebeau.

You know what I loved the most about this book??  The inspiration and hope it provides through example after example of those who dared to dream, to reinvent, to allow necessity to lead them down a road they had not planned on.   Those who had tried and tried again and finally found what worked for them.  I could see myself in so many of these people.  I couldn’t wait to read more about their story  and was cheering them on.  Honestly, couldn’t wait to begin my new adventure and creating my own story of success.  I hope that our review leaves you hungry to read this fantastic book and ready to create your own story of success as well.

– Lisa – Co-Founder of TEW and Contributor to the TEW Book Club

Reinvent, create and build a future on your own terms!

Does this sound exciting to you?  If so, then you will love the book we are reviewing for you today!  The $100 Start Up by Chris Guillebeau is a great read that is full of case studies and everyday people that decided to take their ideas and passions and create a business with them.

Part 1 Unexpected Entrepreneurs

Some people did not start as a business, yet created simply out of necessity.   They soon found that their product could fill a need for others and away they went with it!  Others found that their very own passions could also lead to a paycheck and working for themselves.  Others knew that being pinned down to a desk was simply NOT for them!  They created work for themselves that could allow them to work from where ever they may be…hence the term the roaming entrepreneur!

I personally LOVE that people are discovering creative ways to fill their life with rewarding work.  An added bonus is being examples to others that we don’t all have to work for someone else and be miserable our whole lives.  Work can be fun, passion filled and a huge win for our clients as well.  Chris really dives into what he terms as “unexpected entrepreneurs” and I found it exciting & inspiring to read.

Part 2 Taking It To The Streets

In Part 2 of this book Chris goes more into the meat of how to get your business going.  Everything from a business plan to creating offers that your ideal customers would absolutely not want to miss out on to the launch of your business.  I just wish I would have had this info when I started my first business in 1999!!  He even talks about the art of self-promotion…and I have to say that his line “Advertising is like sex: Only losers pay for it” was funny but it made me stop and think….Can I really get the word out about what I provide without spending mucho dinero??  I knew this was a chapter I just had to read!!

Most startups incur expenses just to get off the ground and Chris gives some great examples of people that began their businesses with very low up front costs.  It really helps you to realize that incurring debt to get started really isn’t a requirement!

$100 Start Up

Part 3  Leverage!

This section of Chris’s book is learning how to tweak your business to create more income.  He made a good point that your business will naturally grow the longer you stick with it, people brag about it and so on but there are small adjustments you can make that can be very beneficial to making more profit for your business.  Learning ways to increase traffic, learning to upset, and creating a way to having a sale after the sale are all great ways to do this.  Great chapter for those that may already have a business but need some pointers on making your business more profitable.

Loved the last chapter of part 3 “But what if I fail?”.  We all know someone who has failed at getting a business off the ground.  Those stories of failure might be what are holding you back from even trying to get your business started.  But I am here to say that I personally have “failed” and yes those are tough lessons but failures are not truly failure, as I and many others will tell you, the valuable lessons we learned helped us grow and succeed later down the road.  It is only failure when you quit on you and your dream!

Want to read more??

In conclusion, I hope you have been drawn into this book and are wanting to read it!  It is well worth your time!  Whether you have not began your business or are an established business owner, I think you will find great value.  The encouragement from the stories of others in this book are good enough for me to add it to my library.

The TEW Book Club will be bringing more of our favs to you in the future, but maybe you have a favorite that you would like to share with us!!  Please leave your favorite business or self-development book title in the comment section below.  You never know, it may be our next book review to share with others!

Want to become a business owner?  Ready to explore what is available?  Be sure to read our post, The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship to get some ideas on where you could start.

We would absolutely love to hear from you!  What kind of business do you have?  Are you looking to start a business?  What are your struggles you are dealing with in your business?  Feel free to email us if you are looking for coaching services, we look forward to helping you and your business grow!

All the best!!

Lisa & Suzy


Suzy is a entrepreneur who loves to support and empower other business women through coaching and teaching. She loves to find ways to encourage and support women to start their own business and build more financial freedom.

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