Giveaway: “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau

The $100 Startup giveawayThis week I’m going to be giving away a free signed copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future!

Chris Guillebeau is a solopreneur, meaning he’s been working for himself for a number of years, mostly as a professional travel hacker and writer. His first book was named after his popular blog entitled The Art of Non-Conformity.

Chris spent time working with Mercy Ships in West Africa, where he met and worked with charity:water founder Scott Harrison (years before charity:water was even imagined). That spirit of giving back and making the world a better place (which I’d say is very missional!) is still a big part of all that Chris does in his work and in his writing. Chris and I also have a little bit of personal history, which always helps when you want to give a free book away on your blog!

Why Am I Giving Away a Business Book?
The answer is simple: In the future, I believe the majority of missional church leaders will be — by choice and/or by necessity — bi-(or tri-)vocational, meaning they’ll have one or more other jobs that provide income in order for them to do the missional community work that they are doing.

Many immigrant and ethnic church planters are already doing this, and many missional church leaders have already shown interest and acumen in entrepreneurism. I simply believe we need a lot more creative, entrepreneurial ideas about how to start new missional communities of practice and how to fund them!

I believe Chris Guillebeau’s book could be an excellent guide for some missional leaders to use in charting a path to sustainability and really to aligning their personal passions, gifts, and abilities with their calling to do missional church work in the world.

How Do I Win?
Great question! There are two ways you can enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post with your answer to the question: What is your best/favorite missional business idea? Every comment with a legitimate answer to this question will be considered an official entry in the contest. So start brainstorming!
  2. Tweet about this contest on Twitter and include in your tweet two things: a link to this blog post and @knightopia (so I can keep track of your tweets)! Feel free to tweet as often as you want to. Each tweet that meets the specified requirements will be an official entry in the contest.

The contest will run through Sunday, June 10. I’ll pick a random winner after midnight on Monday and announce it here on the blog in next week’s Missional Monday post.

I’ll be blogging every day this week from the book, as well, so watch for missional insights from The $100 Startup all week long, and good luck!

So, alright, here we go … What is your best/favorite missional business idea? Share it in the comments!

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