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Coming Tomorrow: How to Start a Very Small Business for $100

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I made it home from the South Pacific this week after a great AONC reader meetup in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. My huge gratitude to everyone who came out to say hi!

Whenever I get famous enough to warrant a Wikipedia page, I hope it will note the established fact that I officially have the best job in the world.

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This is the Sunday Store Update. As mentioned recently, this year I’ll be expanding the store to a few higher-level projects. The first one is a 28-day course that is taught jointly with Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation – and it launches… tomorrow morning! Wow.

The premise is that you don’t need a lot of money to start a business. You do, however, need to make the right choices in evaluating different ideas. Some ideas may be interesting, but they’re not necessarily good business ideas. You need to have a good business idea to have a successful business, and that’s what Pam and I are going to be working with the group on.

The inaugural group begins on February 1, and the second group begins on April 5th. Each group of 150 participants runs for 28 days, and each group will get daily activities and discussion in a private forum. You’ll have access to both Pam and I, but more importantly, you’ll also interact with 149 other students pursuing a similar goal.

What’s not to love? Oh, and since it’s the $100 Business Forum, the price is just $100 for the entire 28 days. If it sounds like a good fit, check back on the site after 10am EST / 7am PST tomorrow for the sign-up link.

From a planning perspective, our biggest challenge is going to be accommodating everyone who wants to be a part of this project. It’s either going to be a small problem or a big one — despite our attempts at keeping this cool, I have the feeling that the signups will go very quickly.

Anti-Marketing, 2010 Edition

A quick note for everyone who is new to AONC: I have a strict “anti-marketing” policy, and I welcome people to read, ask questions, and contribute whether they buy something from me or not. More than 90% of my work is available for free, and that’s how I’m going to keep it.

I tend to get excited about projects that I work hard on and know will benefit others, but if you’re not excited about this one, that’s totally fine. Stick around for everything else we’re doing.

Coming up soon: the debut of our charity project, more travel hacking, a special interview next week, an international postcard project, and as they say — so much more!

And the most important thing: I’m glad you’re here. Have a great week, wherever you are.

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P.S. Wondering how to help with relief efforts in Haiti? Partners in Health has been one of the most well-regarded charities in the country for two decades, with a wide network of clinics and local staff. Join me in making a donation here.

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