He has been self-employed for almost his entire life. He spent four years as a full-time volunteer in West Africa for a medical charity, while supporting himself at night with moonlighting and business consulting.
In the past four years, he has written two books, publishes a popular blog, traveled extensively (more on that in a moment), and founded a tremendously popular conference each summer (which I will be attending for the first time this July).
Oh yeah, and in his free time, he’s on a quest to visit every country in the world. This is no lofty, pie-in-the-sky, “I want to own the Dallas Cowboys” kind of goal. As of this writing, he’s actually only one country away from actually achieving it.
His latest book is The $100 Startup, which chronicles numerous boot-strapping entrepreneurs who manage to build successful businesses using not much more than their own pluck and a crisp Benjamin Franklin.
Guillebeau backs up the case studies with concrete advice on everything from marketing to copywriting, based in large part on his own experiences.
Here’s what a few people I admire said about The $100 Startup:
- bestselling author Dan Pink called “a kick in the pants to get started on your dream.”
- John Jantsch said the book should “persuade anyone thinking about starting a business that they don’t need a fortune to make one.”
- Pam Slim said the book “delivers exactly what a new entrepreneur needs: road-tested, effective and exceptionally pragmatic advice for starting a new business on a shoestring.”
Here’s my 3 minute video review of The $100 Startup:
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