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I am an honors student from the University of Twente. I am enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Business Development track. Reading the book $100 Startup: Reinvent the way you make a living, do what you love, and create a new future was a pleasure. I have read this book for an assignment in which this book was recommended reading material. I really like the way the book is put together. It exists of all kinds of small stories. These stories are fitting the subject which is discussed in a certain chapter. Especially when you are thinking about wanting to start your own startup or when you are having a business idea it is useful to read about the experiences of other people. During the reading I certainly found some things I was struggling with. Reading about other people’s experiences about these matters helped me with the trouble I am experiencing on the same matter. Also, I have read about lot of things I did not even think about before. For other entrepreneurship students it could be useful to read about other people’s experiences too. This way they will have to think about stuff they would never have thought about themselves. It could also be reassuring to read about things you are currently struggling with. I thought because of all the small stories in which you learned about various subjects in a fun way, it did not become boring to keep on reading the book. I do think that sometimes there could have been more theoretical information included in the book instead of mostly experiences of people the author interviewed. Overall, I thought it was a great book. I would certainly recommend others to read it! 

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This book is poorly written and The e-book version cuts off words, and leaves a lot to be desired. The book gives the reader a false sense that it is actually possible to start a business for $100. When anyone should know that after paying the fees to register a business with the state, and purchase a business license, the lion's share of $100 would be used up if not more. The book starts with a story of people who lost their jobs and turned to self employment as an alternative rather than to seek other employment. It would be inspirational for anyone who knows nothing about business.
Starting any business requires that you have enough money to buy the basics of being in business, You would then have to wait for the business to break even and ultimately make a profit. The author misleads readers by glossing over those facts. The book opens with a story about a man who found a deal on overstocked mattresses, was able to open a showroom and develop a unique delivery system. His situation would have required he be in the right place at the right time and have enough money in reserve to support himself until his business became profitable. To even start such a business would have required several thousand dollars to acquire the initial inventory, several thousand dollars to rent a showroom and enough to cover the cost of living until the business had at least a positive cash flow.
If readers are looking for inspiration, books like this and the lean start up are great starting places. If they are looking for step by step instruction on starting a real business where the cost of entry eliminates the poor souls deceived by the illusion presented by multi-level marketing schemes, they should buy "Starting a Successful Business From Scratch" for future millionaires or a similar book. Otherwise all they actually have is inspiration, not instruction on how to get started. This book may help you to think, but it will not get you started.
 

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The $100 Startup by Chris Guilebeau acknowledges that startups are risky, but risk is related to security. It may actually be less risky to work for yourself than to work for someone else. When you create your own job, you’re not competing with someone else in the workplace.
Guilebeau encourages the reader to follow his or her passions, but also to realize that they must also add value for their customers. As an example, he remembers that in his early twenties he was very passionate about eating pizza and playing video games, but that he was pretty certain no one would pay him to do that.
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Easy read
Easy read and fast pace of good short story.

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Excellence
This book was amazing! Concise and well written

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100 Dollar startup
Good reading and very inspirational storys that inspires one to succeed in being their own boss .

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Bad display
The book doesn't display well on the google book reader. Pages are cut off. Impossible to read

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