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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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    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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    Michael Penza, Russia 03-13-10
    Michael Penza, Russia 03-13-10
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    "Thought provoking, ever after Getting Real"

    Even though I read Getting Real, a previous book by David and Jason, some 4 times, Rework is definitely thought provoking and inspiring. I do not agree on all topics, and some of them apply only to software industry, but the time definitely has come to "rework work". Or at least re-think what is possible with modern technology, and why people would even care about some mainstream ideas and ways of doing business originating in 18th century.

    What is especially valuable is that this book is written from personal experience and perspective. If you ever thought of starting a company, Rework will be useful for you.

    9 of 12 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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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  • Thomas
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    "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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • greg
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/19/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    London, United Kingdom
    6/21/11
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    "No insights"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Des
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    "wow"

    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...........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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