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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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    Brooks REPUBLIC, MO, United States 02-13-12
    Brooks REPUBLIC, MO, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and Depressing at the Same Time"

    An intriguing look at the changes afoot in the knowledge economy, and what it might mean for startup and big-business culture going to forward. At the same time, it's depressing that we aren't there, yet, and may not be in my productive lifetime, if I don't change career paths.

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    Michael Bellevue Hill, Australia 12-06-11
    Michael Bellevue Hill, Australia 12-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Straight to the point - Good read"
    Where does Rework rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's amongst the best in it's class. Much better than some of the other entrepreneurial bibles.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. And it was short enough to get through in one afternoon.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book from a good company who have proved in the market what they preach in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    derek Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-22-11
    derek Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen - very different ideas to the norm"

    Really enjoyed teh book. I have been in business for 18 years and attended many seminars, read several business books. Rework was the only one that actually sounded like it was written by someone who had done what was in the book as oppose to a professional speaker or writer. Highly recommended to anyone who wants a real world view of starting or improving their business.

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    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 10-27-11
    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 10-27-11 Member Since 2013

    I +1 Books.

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    "The BEST book how business really works."

    I've read many books about business, starting company, getting real creating cashflow. This book is essence. I'm on my way to creating my own online business. With Rework I started my product and now I'm getting real. Read and have fun.

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    David 10-02-11
    David 10-02-11
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    "Good Listen"

    This book is only a few hours long and is a great book to listen to over and over again for anyone thinking about starting something new or thinking about how to inprove things at work.

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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 08-13-11
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 08-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Nuggets of truth"

    Most modern day entrepreneurs (even though this book bags out that particular word!) already know and do this stuff by instinct. Quite enjoyable book, with a few laugh out loud moments where the author calls a spade a spade. This is the kind of book that won't change anyone's mind on how they could or should work or run a business, but it does give its target reader stoutness of heart, reminding them that they aren't crazy bucking some of the follies of big business systems and cultures.

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    Shivanand Hyderabad, India 06-15-11
    Shivanand Hyderabad, India 06-15-11 Member Since 2014

    I am a User Experience Designer located in Hyderabad, India

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    "Practical advice"

    The book is very clear about how to go about your job, business. Few things really stuck in mind are:

    1.Take sides
    2. Scratch your own itch
    3. Have a clear agenda for a meeting

    All in all fantastic book!!

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    Esa Vaajakoski, Finland 06-13-11
    Esa Vaajakoski, Finland 06-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Works better as a book"

    My opinion is that this one should be purchased as a book. Then you can return to it easier or read parts from time to time.

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    Hallgeir Lillehammer, Norway 05-25-11
    Hallgeir Lillehammer, Norway 05-25-11
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    "Worth the money"

    Inspiring and enjoyable. Moves between workday routines and bigger questions running a company. Although it best fits to persons running smal businesses; it's also got a lot of interesting thoughts for "just" employees. And the authors also practice what they preach; this book is short and compact; all nonsense and pointless repeating are removed.

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    Eskat DERWOOD, MD, United States 05-19-11
    Eskat DERWOOD, MD, United States 05-19-11
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    "great book"

    its short and straight to the point
    I did have to listen to it twice because i missed some points first time
    great advice!

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  • Thomas
    DoncasterUnited Kingdom
    9/25/10
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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...

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  • Dave
    Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    4/13/10
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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.

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  • Mr Aaron A N yahaya
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    "Rework your assumtions"

    Rework is an excellent book. They have in this one book, changed perceptions of what it is to operate successfully. They have made it okay to ask the questions which people have been scared to ask do you to conventional business thinking. Best of all this is not in theory they have the evidence in culture cash flow and product to back it up. Top marks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
    2/23/15
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    "Everyone wants me to read this book asap"

    Amazing book of little affirmations for daily running of your business. Just try and bring a few into your teams. It works a treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Shawn A. Vader
    Cape Town
    2/12/15
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    "Short and to the point."

    I listen to this book quite often to remind myself not to do things the normal way. It's inspirational and like a good album you don't have to skip any bits.
    One of my better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W. Baker
    Reading, UK
    12/6/14
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    "Alternative is now mainstream"
    Would you listen to Rework again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rework?

    Mike describing that he disagrees with the commonly held belief that businesses need to grow as large as possible to be successful.


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favourite?

    Himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and I very nearly did because of its length.


    Any additional comments?

    buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • greg
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
    5/13/13
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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
    7/7/10
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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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