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The Unconventional Guides Story

Beginnings

It all started in 2008. Chris Guillebeau, author and publisher of The Art of Non-Conformity, kept getting asked for more detailed resources about travel and self-employment. Having been self-employed his entire adult life while traveling to more than 100 countries, it wasn't that difficult.

He wrote up 30 pages of Discount Airfare tips based on creative travel strategies and asked, "Does anyone want this?" When the low-priced guide sold $1,000 of copies in the first day to a limited audience, it looked like the answer was yes.

Thus, the online store was born. The next product, the Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself, was written in six countries and edited on location in Sri Lanka.

In 2009, Chris started working with a few carefully selected partners to expand the shop. So far we have resources for artists, entrepreneurs, travelers, and aspiring rockstars of all kinds. January 2010 featured the launch of our first community group, and April 2010 saw the launch of the kickass Empire Building Kit.

Everything in the store is backed by a 100%, rock-your-world guarantee for a full year, and more resources are on the way. Viva la revolution! Oh, and learn more at the links below.