If you don’t know who Chris Guillebeau is yet, you NEED to.
I met him a few years ago when he traveled to all 50 states on his first book tour, and I’m going to be speaking at his World Domination Summit.
He has a goal to visit EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Within his crazy travel schedule to promote his book he sent me answers to a few questions I had.
This book is perfect for you if you have a job and not a ton of cash to risk and you want to do big and amazing things. It will inspire you and give you a ton of useful information.
And I’ll be giving away a copy to one of you! Just comment on this post answering how reading this book could help you, and I’ll pick on random winner! (Winner chosen on Sunday June 3rd!)
Freedom is such an important piece of this book, as well as in the Art of Non-Conformity. But starting a business usually takes a lot of time! (especially when you have a job) It restricts your freedom with the hope that it will be better in the future. What advice do you have for people who need to make that leap?
I’d rather think of the commitment to starting something that revolves around your passions and strengths less as a restriction of freedom and more as an investment in something valuable. We all make time for what’s important to us, and The $100 Startup encourages people to create valuable work.
It’s a lot less painful to invest time and discipline into a new business built around your passion than it is another hour in a cubicle for someone else’s benefit. Ultimately, though, having a job could be an advantage, because it forces you to spend your limited free time on being efficient and throwing energy at the most key elements of growing your business.
It’s assumed that we need lots of money and a business plan to start a business. But in your research and case studies you found that wasn’t the case. If someone is STILL using “I don’t have enough money to do it RIGHT” as an excuse – how do they get past that?
I always encourage people to look at all the examples of those who have started without money; we’ve amassed so many that it’s hard to point to the argument that cash is what it takes. It’s all about mindset: don’t focus on what you lack but what you have. One of the things we learned in the study is that everyone’s an expert at something. Most business models are crafted by turning that “something” into something desirable.
It’s great to hear case studies about people that made it. But what about all of the others that fail? What do you think makes the people that are successful different than the people that fail?
If you can reduce risk by a) not borrowing money, and b) starting quickly, is it really a failure if it doesn’t become a huge business? Doing the opposite sounds like more of a failure to me.
Many successful people share great qualities like curiosity, persistence, and resilience. Ultimately, though, a successful business is built on the ability to deliver some kind of value to clients or customers. Value is an overused word, but it just means “helping people.” If you aren’t sure what to do next, focus on helping people.
Thanks, and Good luck!!
P.S. If you like this, you’ll like the master class with Chris over at Mixergy