February has been a rocking month.
Chris Guillebeau and I launched the very first $100 Business Forum, filled with 150 active, enthusiastic entrepreneurs. They dove into daily lessons and worked on a huge variety of different businesses, sorting ideas, testing marketing copy, exploring business models and encouraging each other through fears.
We were joined by guest stars Philippa Kennealy, who talked about business planning, and Colleen Wainwright who broke down concrete was to make your brand screamingly awesome, in a non-screamy kind of way.
(The slots fill wickedly fast, so if you want to jump in the May or June groups before reading further, registration is now officially open, here is the link)
Here is just a small sample of what people in the first group were working on:
The “launch day” post explains a little more about it: http://manvsdebt.com/unleashing-unautomate-your-finances-into-the-wild
“Unautomate Your Finances is an 83-page guide to simplifying your financial life and raising your awareness in your finances. The guide outlines the theory and the principle on how Baker and his wife paid off over 18,000 in debt and saved up an additional 17,000 to take a year off and travel the world. In addition to the main guide, there is a 27-minute video interview with Leo Babauta (ZenHabits) on his financial journey, a 29-minute audio interview with J.D. Roth (Get Rich Slowly) about his thoughts on automations, and two different simple budgeting templates.”
James Cowlin got input and ideas for his “labor of love,” the delightful Project 89. He and his wife want to highlight the beauty of “The West’s Most Western Highway” Route 89. He takes stunning photographs, and he and his wife produce travel guides to encourage more people to experience the road. Please check it out, and join the “Route 89 Appreciation Society” if you want to participate in the adventure.
Tammy Strobel from Rowdy Kittens launched an awesome e-book, Simply Car Free. (I have known Tammy for awhile, so was super delighted that her and Adam’s ebook launches were covered by Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. What a way to rock the launch, I am proud of you Tammy!)
Candy Paul released The Heart of Abundance, a free “best of” collection from Candy Paull’s books. She says “Discover more abundance, encouragement, and simplicity in your life. Be present, see the divine at work in all circumstances, and experience ordinary life as sacred. Learn to practice the art of abundance as a form of spiritual awareness based in gratitude. Quotes, meditations, prayers, and instant inspiration.” Boy does that sound good!
Natalie Currie worked on plans to expand the e-products offered through her clinical research consulting practice – check out Currie Clinical Consulting. As a former learning and development wonk myself, I get really excited by how Natalie is thinking about expanding her market and offerings.
There were tons of other projects and businesses. The variety was amazing and very stimulating.
Do you want to participate?
The February and April groups filled in just over one day.
May and June programs are now open for registration. If you want to grab a spot and have the chance to work in a community of uber smart, supportive creative entrepreneurs for an intensive month all for $100, do it now!
We will be bringing in new guest stars, expanding the resources, and building on the wisdom of each group.
And we will be adding a second level program called Into the Marketplace for the $100 Business Forum graduates who want to keep momentum going and have the lessons continue in real, live launches and marketing campaigns.
Thanks to the entire inaugural group for your enthusiasm, detailed feedback, hard work and great collaboration. There will be other beloved groups, but none can claim first-born status. Just ask my older sister Gretchen!