Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

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Do You Zoom, Incorporated, 2011 - Business & Economics - 77 pages

You can follow the beaten path and call yourself an entrepreneur or you can blaze your own trail and really be one.

When Derek Sivers started CD Baby, he wasn't planning on building a major business. He was a successful independent musician who just wanted to sell his CDs online. When no one would help him do it, he set out on his own and built an online store from scratch.

He started in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs. In 2000, he hired his first employee. Eight years later, he sold CD Baby for $22 million.

Sivers didn't need a business plan, and neither do you. You don't need to think big; in fact, it's better if you don't. Start with what you have, care about your customers more than yourself, and run your business like you don't need the money.

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User Review  - stacy_chambers - LibraryThing

The former owner of CD Baby recounts his humble beginnings and business and life lessons in this light and engaging read. His maxim of concentrating on staying useful and helpful to clients and ... Read full review

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User Review  - trav - LibraryThing

Derek Sivers’ Anything You Want is a quick read. It comes in under an hour if you don’t take notes and don’t stop to think about things. But I am guessing you will want to as there a some pretty ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

After making a living as a professional musician, Derek Sivers went looking for ways to sell his own CD online and ended up creating CD Baby, once the largest seller of independent music on the web with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients. Since 2008, Derek has traveled the world and stayed busy creating and nurturing creative endeavors, like Muckwork, his newest company where teams of efficient assistants help musicians do their "uncreative dirty work." Derek writes regularly on creativity, entrepreneurship, and music on his blog: http://sivers.org/.

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