Rework by Jason Fried

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16 Critic Reviews

The ideas and concepts espoused in the book are wholly appropriate for other innovative companies that want to know how to run a small, frugal, and profitable business for the long term.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.

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

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David Heinemeier Hansson is a partner in 37signals and the creator of the Web-application framework Ruby on Rails. For his work on Rails, he won Best hacker of the Year 2005 at OSCON from Google and O'Reilly, in 2006, he accepted the Jolt award of product excellence for Rails 1. David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of the Rails framework.
 
Published March 2, 2010 by Crown Business. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 3

Blog Critics

Above average
on May 04 2010

Although they offer some good advice, I found quite a few things controversial, like for example, dumping your business or marketing plan and just doing it.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Mar 26 2010

If you need some fresh perspectives on how to get more done with less, and do so with less stress and more joy, look no further.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Mar 09 2010

The ideas and concepts espoused in the book are wholly appropriate for other innovative companies that want to know how to run a small, frugal, and profitable business for the long term.

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Slate

Excellent
on Mar 25 2010

If you've ever thought of starting your own business, consider Rework your recipe book.

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Seattle PI

Above average
on Apr 26 2011

It’s a short book, but it is chock full of information that is valuable when starting or running a business.

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Seattle PI

Above average
on Apr 26 2011

It’s a short book, but it is chock full of information that is valuable when starting or running a business.

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Huntington News

Good
on Mar 12 2010

If you hate business books -- the kind that give advice to entrepreneurs interested in being their own bosses -- as much as I do, you'll welcome a completely different kind of business book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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Management Today

Below average
on Mar 01 2010

The authors' advice is so sweeping and deliberately confrontational that it misses all the subtleties that actually make businesses succeed.

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Small Business Trends

Good
on Mar 06 2010

Rework is right for entrepreneurs and small businesses that offer services and are intent on steady solid growth and profitability.

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Jackson District Library

Excellent
on Jul 27 2012

Rework is an easy read with a lot to offer any reader!

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Ford Literary Blog

Good
on Aug 29 2011

This straightforward book is an easy read for anyone interested in starting a business.

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Ford Literary Blog

Good
on Aug 29 2011

This straightforward book is an easy read for anyone interested in starting a business.

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Leading Blog

Good

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.

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Young Upstarts

Above average
on Feb 03 2013

Its absolute tone of voice may (...) appear overly condescending at times.

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Inc.

Good
on Mar 01 2010

Unlike most business books, Rework is written with genuine voice -- a sometimes cranky and profane voice at that.

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EzineArticles

Good
on Dec 31 2010

It is an easy read - many could read the entire 273 pages in one sitting.

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