The $100 Startup – My Thoughts

August 29, 2012

I just finished reading Chris Guillebeau’s The $100 Startup. Full of real examples and even one related to us musicians (Music Teachers’ Helper), I’m inspired and motivated to keep working on my own microbusiness.

Thanks to this book, I’ve realized a lot of my inaction is due to fear and perfectionism. One of my project interests at the moment is creating products to sell online, but what do I sell as a musician (other than music)? I’m exploring this by looking at various options, but I want them to all relate to who I am and what I’m doing at any given time. This book has inspired me to jump in. As a result, I gave myself 7 days to write my first e-book and I did it. You can find the product of this inspiration here. At this transitional point in my life, I have the freedom and ability to just go for it.

The $100 Startup also helped me realize that if I say I’m running a business, then I have to focus my actions based on making money. Focusing my time on 50 percent creation and 50 percent connecting is a relevant formula to take as a musician and begin tweaking your business. Whether you want to bring in more students, begin utilizing a secondary skill to draw more business or you want to introduce an array of products on your site, focusing your time is essential and can be tricky especially if practicing your instrument doesn’t do a lot for income generation at the moment.

I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy read. You can either read through it, or you can work through the book chapter by chapter. The accompanying website,, is a great free resource with downloadable PDFs to help you launch a product or a business. Everything is broken down into plain English and easy, actionable steps.

The beauty of microbusiness is that it’s often just one person. You can accomplish much by getting rid of the organizational red tape, and working for yourself. That in itself is a powerful motivator. If you’re looking for something to inspire and move you forward, I highly recommend that you read this book.

©2012 The Sensible Flutist, Alexis Del Palazzo


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