From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple.That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space - you don't need them.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.
©2010 Jason Fried (P)2010 Random House
This is a great book meant for people of all types. Do something you love, get paid for it! The tools are so much simpler.
"Think for yourself"
This book does have some good things to say about starting with a new business but (and this is just my opinion) it strikes me like a lot of books of this type as lacking a bit in substance and also as prescribing set approaches to situations, when in fact the best thing to do is to weigh each up as you see them.
For example, in this book they say start small and build from a small base, don't give up the day job straight away and generally take it steady in the beginning. This may be the best strategy in some situations, but not necessarily in all situations.
There are a bunch of other books out there which tell you to always try to think big, and take risks, make the leap etc... which may be the right thing to do in your situation, or it may not. What I'm trying to say is that though the book IS useful and good food for thought, it basically represents one company's way of doing things, not a universal panacea. The real skill is to adapt your strategy to the circumstance.
There's also the business of backing both sides in a couple of cases. For example, they suggest enforce a strict 'no-distractions' atmosphere at work and then later on say that in fact banning people from using facebook at work is bad because people actually need distractions.
Also didn't like the swearing towards the end, but that's just a personal thing. As I say it's got some interesting stuff but nothing groundbreaking or particularly inspirational. Think and Grow Rich or the 48 Laws of Power it ain't...
"Reworked - good book but somethings"
This was a great audiobook that definatley challenges the normal mindset of most entrpreneurs.
I would say the tendandcy to go against anything 'normal' was slightly over-exagerated (although i guess that was the point) as not all businesses can run like 37signals do, especially larger companies that require more rigidity to operate.
Having said that, as a small company owner almost everything in this book made total sense and Im happy to say a lot of it we already practice in our business. Keep up the good work guys, we love your products and use them daily.
"Alternative is now mainstream"
yes, this book combined with The Lean Start Up and Traction are defining the way I'm running my business. The bullish attitude from the book comes across in the narration to make it really hit home.
Mike describing that he disagrees with the commonly held belief that businesses need to grow as large as possible to be successful.
yes and I very nearly did because of its length.
"Just do it,worry later it seems"
The book has a positive message although sometimes their devil may care, just do it and worry about it later approach is almost comedic.Forget a business plan and strip down your product or design to it's bare essentials and just go for it,seems to be the message from the authors. Motivational if you have some anxiety about taking that last step,but I've tried that approach myself a few times and it is the best way to get into debt and fall flat on your face. If you want to listen to an enjoyable, motivational book then this is ok. If you're a go for it now and worry about the detail later type of guy and have some spare cash to take a bet, then I guess just go for it.
"Didn't really help me rework my work"
I got this book because I was ready to make the move into self-directed work. The book promises great advice on this topic. It has some advice, but nothing ground breaking.
This is just a lot of quasi-motivational drivel. Unless you need a book to tell you that you could start a business in your spare time without giving up your job or that going to bed an hour later gives you more time in your day (!) then you should avoid this.
I don't care if you are in business or not this is a great book
and it is short on purpose. Everyone should hear it in the working world...........
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