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This book is full of helpful stories that show people, young and old, who have been able to live their dreams. It's not for the faint of heart, but assuming that you have the courage to take the first step the author provides tools to help you along the way. Reminds me of "Action Trumps Everything: Creating What You Want in an Uncertain World" in that you don't have to have everything perfectly planned out in advance. Get started today and adjust as you go along!What I liked about this book was how everything is laid out as a possibility to be explored. There is no one size fits all. He even shows how some people became fabulously successful doing the exact opposite of someone else. And success is measured with your own yardstick, not based on who makes the most money or does the biggest volume. The book gives you a lot to think about but most of all it encourages you to take action.
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The most useful element of this book is a listing of things to consider when weighing business ideas. The second most useful element is the checklist of steps when launching a project. Some commonsense, but full of enthusiastic encouragement towards self-employment.
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This audio delivers on its title and is inspirational. He defines who this book is targeted at then gives many examples. Having had a successful business in the past that would have fallen into his study I found many things he advises to have worked for me in the past.
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This was an inspiring read about entrepreneurs who fairly recently started small businesses on a shoestring. It's more of a motivational type book than a thorough analysis; a glimpse of the businesses and the author provides an outline -a sketch, really - of basic steps for starting a business. The author's from Portland and he features a few Oregon busineses among the rest. I enjoyed it, not that I really have a yen to start a business.
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Chris Guillebeau is well-known for his desire to go to every country on the planet before his 35th birthday (on track to do so), and his website, The Art of Non-Conformity. At the website, he offers up travel wisdom and products to help his readers make the jump from corporate slave to entrepreneur. His latest book is an expansion on this idea.The book is well-written and easily understood; more conversation than how-to. He makes the idea of starting your own business - any type of business - not only palatable but eminently do-able. Chris gives not only the example of his own life, but many case studies and anecdotes from real-life entrepreneurs such as the well-known Grammar Girl. He offers up a framework of how to get started, for very little money, how to keep the business going and growing, and even what happens if you (should) fail. The illustrations, done by artist Mike Rohde, are well-done and fit the flavor of the book to a T.All in all, if you are a follower of Pam Slim, or are thinking of striking out on your own, this book is for you. If you just want to flirt with the idea of going into business for yourself, this book is worth reading, if only to fire you up. And if you are a fan of Chris Guillebeau, this book is a must-read.
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