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Rework

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"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 California USA 01-26-12
    Manny California USA 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

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    donny epp Fayetteville, AR 03-26-12
    donny epp Fayetteville, AR 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book - mainly motivational"

    I love 37signals and a lot of what they stand for. This book is consistent with their brand and positioning... and I appreciate that. It's a motivational huzzah for being reasonable in how you work. It's confirmation that you CAN just make a great product and do good business and be profitable. It speaks plainly and cuts through a lot of the crap in our start up environment today.

    It's absolutely worth a listen, but you might not come out on the other end having experienced some sort of cathartic epiphany about work either.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 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 2007
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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 2016
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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 2016
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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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    Estêvão 03-24-10
    Estêvão 03-24-10 Listener Since 2010
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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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    Joshua Kim 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim 06-10-12

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    "How We Work"

    The first book that I'm going to give to my learning and technology team is Rework, by the guys from 37Signals.

    288 concise pages - or less than 3 hours in unabridged audio format. We need more books to be this good and this short.

    37Signals is best known for its simple, cloud based project management tool Basecamp.

    I'm a Basecamp client, and have been using the tool productively for a few years now. If you have ever had to do a project with MS Project, or solely by e-mail and spreadsheets, than you will appreciate the simplicity, elegance, and flexibility of Basecamp.

    The founders of 37Signals developed Basecamp to manage their own internal projects, only then realizing they had a service on their hands that other small teams would find useful. Basecamp requires no support from your central IT organization, no local hardware, and no expertise in project management. You can be up and running with a free 30 day trial in 60 seconds. Plans start at $24 a month.

    Basecamp is not just a product but also a philosophy. Less features well done are better than many features that complicate a product. Offer services that are lightweight and agile, and resist the urge to meet the needs of every customer. Let your customer outgrow your product. Basecamp is the physical (or digital?) manifestation of the philosophy of work that 37Signals is selling in Rework. The company prides itself on keeping operations lean, costs down, working arrangements flexible, and paid marketing to a minimum. If you work for 37Signals you don't attend many meetings, don't write many strategic plans, and don't give many internal presentations. You are expected and encouraged to carve out quiet time for productive work, to share your work product early and often, and to be open to criticism.

    What you are not expected to do is work insane hours, sacrifice family or sleep time, or set unrealistic deadlines or goals.

    It could be that 37Signals got lucky with Basecamp, and are falling into the fallacy of assuming that their work culture is an optimal culture because it produced Basecamp. The other products from 37Signals, Highrise (contact tracking), Backpack (Intranet), and Campfire (code sharing) have not enjoyed nearly the same level of success as Basecamp.
    We know from Leonard Mlodinow's book, The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, that we all under-estimate the role of chance in our successes and failures. Nor is the advice in Rework particularly original. Experts like James O'Toole have long been recommending more flexible and less hierarchal workplaces.

    What is different about Rework is that the founders of 37Signals are pitching their ideas at a level that can work with small teams on the sorts of projects and tasks that we all do. Anyone in charge of rolling out and supporting new learning technology services will benefit from reading Rework. You don't need a top-down re-org or permission from your leadership to make our products and team interactions more like those of 37Signals. We are all in some measure complacent in meeting cultures , reliances on committees, and the putting off of "shipping" new services until that mythical time the platform meets everyone's needs.

    Rework should provoke a good discussion of how your team does things differently from how the team at 37Signals approaches tasks. In the end you may not decide to adopt all of the recommendations in Rework, but I guarantee that this book cause you to take a hard look at how your group operates.

    Any Basecamp users want to jump in on the service? What do you think about the idea of writing a short book like Rework that spells out your work culture philosophy and the thinking behind the services you offer?

    2 of 3 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."

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  • Pen
    9/15/16
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    "Facts ?"

    Beautifully narrated by Mike. I find him a pleasure to listen to.
    The book was less a story of successful business implementing innovative techniques as I had hoped to read about. Instead almost a list of things to do in the opinion of one person.
    I however found many of the suggestions very encouraging and will be sure to consider their implementation in my work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tanvir Arafat Ali
    6/5/16
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    "Very Practical"

    great book for making sure you spend your time and energy on what counts. will make you and your business very efficient

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    4/8/16
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    "The no BS guide to overhaul your approach to work"

    I reckon I will be revisiting this book many times into the future.

    The book is full of gems and practical, no-nonsense ideas to use in reworking your approach to work, your customers, your employees and your overall productivity.

    Well thought out and written.

    Good narration. I enjoyed Mike's voice. He does a great job of bringing Rework to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ModernMummy
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    3/3/16
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    "Old News, and quite a skewed Point of View"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It already feels out of date and its only a few years old. Much of what is in here is very specific to their world at that particular time. This is absolutely fine, but truth for them does not translate definitively to everyone else. Its a shame they imply that it does.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson before, how does this one compare?

    I've not listened before, but I have read Remote. That suffers from similar issues as ReWork in my opinion.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Yes, that was fine


    Do you think Rework needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could certainly do with a serious revision, but even though that would address some of the more outdated assertions, it won't fix the tone of the book, ie that this is what *they* experienced so it should apply to everyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Zamfir
    2/6/16
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    "Very inspirational and consistent,"

    Distillate to the esence of simplicity and efficiency. Make sure you grab a pen and take notes. it goes very fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Econojas
    9/24/15
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    "What everybody is thinking but nobody has the guts to say!"

    This book really is a 'must read'. You will learn the reality behind business plans and why they are a waste of time; how to give great customer service; how to grow your company organically and successfully without having to have some super complicated product or service. Excellent! Thanks go to Russell Brunson for recommending this book to me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow @Aaroninspires | Instagram | Snapchat | Twitter
    7/13/15
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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

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