Rework

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<b><i>Rework </i>shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. </b> <p></p>Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. <p></p>Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses. <p></p> What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you. <p></p>With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, <i>Rework </i>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 they hate, victims of &quot;downsizing,&quot; and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

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Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business.

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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 they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages. Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. 

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses. 

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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 they hate, victims of "downsizing," and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

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Publisher
Crown
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried
ISBN-13
9780307463746
Publication Date
March, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.80 x 1.03 Inches
ISBN-10
0307463745

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Finally read this. Cho...
Finally read this. Chock full of great pithy material. The drawings are a equal part of the fun. Not heavy on theory but that's the point...they keep it simple, just the like and the products. Provoked me to think a lot about my own work and the drive (somewhat externally generated to grow and expand).
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Although I enjoy the f...
Although I enjoy the fundamental ideas behind this book (and in general, 37signals), I found the book to be extremely lacking. Each section felt like a short, half baked rephrasing of the general idea. In addition, the majority of the concepts were presented in a bare bones abstract manner, without examples or value add clarification. Not recommended (although in blog form, ie their blog, it is pretty good).
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
Finally read this. Cho...
Finally read this. Chock full of great pithy material. The drawings are a equal part of the fun. Not heavy on theory but that's the point...they keep it simple, just the like and the products. Provoked me to think a lot about my own work and the drive (somewhat externally generated to grow and expand).
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Although I enjoy the f...
Although I enjoy the fundamental ideas behind this book (and in general, 37signals), I found the book to be extremely lacking. Each section felt like a short, half baked rephrasing of the general idea. In addition, the majority of the concepts were presented in a bare bones abstract manner, without examples or value add clarification. Not recommended (although in blog form, ie their blog, it is pretty good).
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Finally read this. Cho...

Finally read this. Chock full of great pithy material. The drawings are a equal part of the fun. Not heavy on theory but that's the point...they keep it simple, just the like and the products. Provoked me to think a lot about my own work and the drive (somewhat externally generated to grow and expand).

Wise unorthodox tips o...

Wise unorthodox tips on how to run a business, in a minimalist way, while disclosing the anachronisms of large, fat, corporations. Simple, clever, easy to read.

I recommend this to an...

I recommend this to anyone that works in an office setting - be you an entrepreneur or someone working in a cube farm - working for a huge company or a small startup. There's a lot of good info here, to be sure. Some of it reads too much like the "young, hipster rebel" and comes off a little trite as a result. However, there's definitely a lot of truth in the book as well. Some of the things, I'm sure you've heard before, but that doesn't make it less meaningful. This is a very quick read that is full of useful gems of information. I keep it at my desk in case anyone wants me to come up with an opening thought for a meeting.

I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this business book. Lots of great ideas here. The book was easy to read, easy to understand and had a lot of great little nuggets that I'll be able to incorporate into my daily work. The content is unconventional but common sense. Really interesting concepts here.

The Internet has trans...

The Internet has transformed how many businesses operate and Re-Work clearly explains how to build and run a business in this new era. However, in contrast to some Internet-era business approaches that encourage fantasy accounting and venture capital infusions until the patient is alive, the author encourages bootstrapping, building within real-world financial considerations, and being methodical.Using examples from his company's internal technology development, the author shares ideas on using and managing a distributed workforce operating out of the normal office structure. I applaud his desire to kill the oft misused word "entrepreneur." I also appreciate the focus on building a business that creates value for the customer, not just a financial parachute for the founders. Focus on business guides instead of plans. Business plans are based on thinking in the past about how things will be in the future. When you are in that "future" don't be constrained by the plans of the past. View it for what it is: an educated guess from the past about how things would be and what you wanted to accomplish. As things change, adjust. Don't be constrained.Great book for rethinking the modern workplace and company.

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