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Rework | [Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson]

Rework

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

"Rework takes aim at marketing, hiring, and other disciplines associated with building a business as if they were bottles lined up against a wall. Then it blows them away...Fried and Hansson are the Henry David Thoreaus of entrepreneurship." (Leigh Buchanan, Inc. Magazine)
"Rework is a Webby manifesto for post-recession success. Forget about strategic planning, [the authors] advise. And ignore your competition - unless you feel like picking a public fight." (Nick Summers, Newsweek)
"I want to buy a copy for everyone I know either to validate their current business practices or to expose them to alternative ways of doing things." (Alexis Rodich, Washington Post)

Publisher's Summary

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

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    Manny Red Hill, Australia 01-26-12
    Manny Red Hill, Australia 01-26-12
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    "Nothing new, and too specific to their experience"
    What did you like best about Rework? What did you like least?

    The part about doing something original rather than copying although not in and of itself an original thoughts is true as so many online fall into the trap of wasting time on affiliate marketing and similar pursuits. Also the comment that copying is better than doing nothing at least its the start of an education. Thats true too. What I dont like is the fact it seems like a preach on how the world works in business when in fact the whole story is so patently 37 signals its not a joke. I mean there is no right solution for every business. Every business is different and to assume there is one way is stupid. I mean to say advertising doesnt work is bull. It is the best option for many businesses. Just because blogging worked for you doesnt mean thats what will work in every business. It wont work for say a company that sells nuts and bolts online. Why? Cause its boring as shi%. 37 signals happens to be in productivity which is a market that interests many people online. So one size definatel does not fit all. Also to say dont get funding is also very very naive. Sure if you can start a web app with a few people and you happen to be lucky enough to have money to out in great. But if you need to grow your business and you have traction but not enough without resources ie staff upfront because your business is capital intensive and needs to get to a certain critical mass to make it work then yes go and get funding. Of course you should not go out and get funding if you dont need it...der fred.


    What was most disappointing about Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson ’s story?

    Its not original and it preaches


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    narrator was fine


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Rework?

    newbies in affiliate marketing - get out!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah there is nothing new here and I dont agree with their small minded ideas

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Faria Sao Paulo, Brazil 10-20-11
    Andre Faria Sao Paulo, Brazil 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm passionated about management, software development, technology, agile, lean and six sigma. I'm also a podcaster, philosopher...

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    "The best business book I've read so far"

    I've never read (or listened) so much truth in a business book as I did in this one.
    It really worth the time your spend listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Colora, MD, USA 03-25-10
    Rick Colora, MD, USA 03-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Like a one day motivational seminar."

    Subtitle, "things you can say after you make a bazillion dollars".

    35 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 07-06-11
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Preachy and full of cliche"

    After listening to so many good business and marketing books, this book was difficult for me to enjoy. The authors basically spit out old business one-liners and proverbs, and linked them together in a book. The tone of the book (partly the narrator?) seems arrogant and off-putting.

    The "good advice" was already obvious. For example, "business meetings cost the salary of everyone in attendance." Yes, yes, I know ... this is in EVERY business book on audible. "Don't work hard, work smart!" Why didn't I think of that!?

    I was hoping for something more original. It feels like a self-promotional book for their main business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steven 06-27-10
    steven 06-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    Loved the book, was very informative and entertaining at the same time.

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    Mary Austin, TX, USA 04-12-10
    Mary Austin, TX, USA 04-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "37 Signals"

    I'm a huge fan of 37 Signals. Rework is ok, but I prefer to listen to their pod casts. The book delves a bit more in depth than the free audio clips available, but I prefer the casual tone of the podcasts.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Touchet, WA, USA 03-15-10
    Brian Touchet, WA, USA 03-15-10
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    "Awesome"

    This book is awesome. From start to finish there is no time wasted. It is pure of just what is relevant and important. Highly recommended for those with a business in 2010.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    03-24-10
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    "You cant go wrong with this one..."

    At first look ReWork may appear to be too simple. Don't be fooled, as the book goes on you start to realize a series of things you should (or shouldn't) be doing right now.
    Highly recommended for anyone that is starting his own business and for those who are already consolidated it. Trust me... it's a wonderful time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-01-11
    Scott Roselle Park, NJ, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Motivates you to want more from your job!"

    Excellent, practical advice on doing more and taking control. Can't recommend it enough to anyone who thought "I could do it better."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Fort Myers, FL, USA 04-08-10
    Chris Fort Myers, FL, USA 04-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome"

    I have listen to the book about 3 or 4 times just in the first week of owning it.
    Great guide for starting a business in today's world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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