The tagline on the front of the book reads…“Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future”
This sounds fabulous, but what it doesn’t tell you is that - The entire book is focused on creating micro-businesses.
What’s a micro-business? Simply put, a micro-business is intended to provide maximum freedom by keeping a business as small as possible but still providing enough income for a nice lifestyle. Every business discussed in the book is small both in terms of revenue and in terms of company size.
If you’re interested in building a nice scalable business, then the focus on micro-businesses is the biggest reason to pass on this read.
After reading this, I’m surprised it was chosen for a handout at Big Omaha since most of the attendees there are interested in trying to be one of the next successful tech startups. The other book, Delivering Happiness, which I reviewed previously was a better fit.
That said, Chris Guillebeau did a nice job laying out many of the creative approaches that micro-businesses are using to be successful. Some of these tips and approaches would apply to a tech startup and others would not.
Overall, I liked most of the advice on staying small and using some ingenuity in the way we market and produce our services/products. I plan to go back and do some of the exercises that were a part of the book to review my sales pitch and work on a pricing model among other things.
I would recommend this book for someone who is unhappy with their day job or has recently become unemployed.
And I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes:
“I spent some of my time learning how a real business works, but I didn’t let it interfere with a busy schedule of reading in cafès during the day and freelancing as a jazz musician at night.”
“To start a business, you need three things: a product or service, a group of people willing to pay for it, and a way to get paid. Everything else is completely optional.”