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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  138,109 ratings  ·  4,042 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 279 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Crown Business
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Peyton Stafford
Good standard small business advice.

Notes:

Prioritize visually.
Make tiny decisions.
Do less. One downing not one updoing.
Don't be a whore to our customers.
build anaudeience

Hold meetings at site of problem, not in meeting room. Invite as few as possible.

Divide problems and projects into pieces small enough to easily estimate time and effort required.

Make short lists to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Prioritize visually, with next task at top of list.

Make attainable goals.

Use tiny decisions to work th
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Greg Swierad
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book shows a new way to grow your business. This is very different than what business schools teach us, or what common sense is. You don’t have to have a large team if you don’t want to. You can stay small and still make huge profits.
My top 3 takeaways are:
* Protect your long uninterrupted times because this is when you are most productive.
* Focus on your product and the value it provides, not on the competition.
* Speak, write, tweet, and make videos to build your audience—these are the be
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Janet Richards
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, biz-book
This is another book I can't put down. Nothing in this book is earth-shattering or amazing. It's the little things you have suspected to be true - but someone who makes more money than you tells you is not true. It's what you say to your friends over lunch. It's support for being feisty in work and in life. I'm highlighting a sentence in almost every chapter that I want to remember. Again - not because I don't know it - but because I don't want to forget it. And I don't want to fool myself that ...more
Amr
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
The feeling I got when I read the praise of the book in the first few pages was "This book is over-praised". When I finished it, I still have the same feeling.
Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're gonna challenge the foundations of doing business, you gotta back it up with something more that "That's how we did it, and it worked for us".
The book makes a great case against all the elements of doing business (planning, raising capital, meeting, communication, workplace, organizing, etc.)
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Arjen
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book. It is full of obvious stuff that I basically agree with but the writing style and argumentation are beyond annoying.

The pattern is as follows: "Lot's of people say you can't do X. But look at us! We did X, so it is possible". For me that reads as: "Lot's of people say you shouldn't base your life's path on winning the lottery. But look at me! I won the lottery, so it is possible".

Spend your 10 euros on drugs or hookers or alcohol and have some fun in life.
Joy
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american, 21c, business
This is one of those books where I agree with the general message but don't necessarily like the delivery. Rework is a very slight read. It feels more like a series of blog posts than anything as formal as a novel. The tone is that of a manifesto, and evidence is basically anecdotal.

The overall argument is that we should redo how we do work (hence, "rework"); Fried et al make an argument for leaner, more flexible organizations, with few of the obvious structures of the average US company (meeti
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Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review also posted on My Bookshelf is Ready.

Is "Rework" worth it?
Let me work it
I put my thing down
Flip it and reverse it

- Maya Angelou
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Amir Tesla
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
I deeply like such books. A compilation of wisdom that are earned through years of direct experience. The results of numerous try and error and what really works and what doesn't.
Keyo Çalî
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had heard of this book before, I told myself it is just like other motivational, encouraging, inspirational, and nice books but all useless.

a few days ago I was busy searching for a good book to help me work better. anyway, I had lots of choices, I was comparing them review by review here in Goodreads, then suddenly I saw this book.
and Wow
one glimpse of the description was enough to persuade me to read the book.
I told myself undoubtedly it is what I need the most, later when I started reading
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Peter
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Specifics
Quite often a dilemma in business is whether to follow what you consider tried and tested approaches or do you do it your own way. Rework resets your traditional thinking and asks key questions about your business, for example, do you even need an office? Quite rightly he proposes that there is NO value in meetings and business plans and we consume large amounts of irrecoverable time dealing with them.

The lifeblood of the book is, make it easy, make it fun and make money. Cut the ego an
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Louise
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, work
Rework is quick and easy to read, which speaks to the philosophy the book is shilling: get things done -- which coincidentally speaks to me.

Nothing in this book can be learned that can't be learned from the Signal vs. Noise blog from 37signals. That doesn't mean this book is unnecessary. On the contrary, it's handy to have a collection of business tips and anecdotes bound in one neat little volume.

This was my first business book and I think I got off pretty easy. There was a minimum of douchery
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Annie
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 3.5 stars. The audience for this book is young tech entrepreneurs with no work experience to guide them. The suggestions are based on the author's experience and may not apply to other people nor to other industries. For example, the author disagrees with the old adage of 'learn from your mistakes.' You only learn what not to do; there's no value in that. Instead, the author suggests that you learn from your successes. If you're starting a business, you haven't succeeded in anyt ...more
Bon Tom
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one continuous bookmark from start to end. As others have said, nothing new here, or maybe it's effect of its thesis being so logical and easily acceptable. Anyway, it's about stuff that pretty much everybody ignores for the sake of personal and business grandeur, at the price of decreased functionality.

To me, it's about axiomatic truths, so solid and face punching that you don't (or shouldn't) even need further proofs for accepting them as practical, natural laws in unnatural world
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John Cooper
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rework is an example of the business-inspirational genre by the founders of 37Signals, a software company. I like 37Signals because they’re straightforward, even pithy, and because founder Jason Fried has some right-on things to say about business culture, such as the stupidity of insisting that all workers come to an office and stay for eight hours, whether they are productive there or not. Rework follows the format of a lot of these books, which alternates extremely short chapters with crude p ...more
Benjamin
A super quick read that basically throws a bunch of (maybe minor) tips and words of advice to people who are looking to start or have already started their own businesses.

70% is comprised of useful advice that is definitely relevant to everyone, not just entrepreneurs and business owners.

20% are concepts conveniently backed by pieces of "evidence" in 37signals' history that seemingly suggest all businesses can and should be run like 37signals.

10% is what I would consider to be somewhat contradi
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Shalmalee
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very succinct summary of basic principles that should never be forgotten when aiming to succeed in business. Very well written. I am a fan of anecdotes, though and personally found that flavour wanting.
Ahmed
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read it in a two-hour flight. Don't let the nearly 300 pages fool you. It's a quick read.

Really good and insightful. It's broken into chapters, each chapter has many tips. Each tip has a one page sketch for the tip which makes it super fun to read.


Recommended if you're operating a business or aspiring to.
Krishna
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book all about How to do business or work?, and it's gives more inspiration to the entrepreneurs and employees.

--some great words :

1.U need less than U think-if u need a big office,how to share office space?..work from home for while.

2.Inspiration is a fresh fruit on a milk, doesn't have expiration date.and ideas are model, its lost forever,doesn't lost forever is inspiration.

3.Interruption is the enemy of the productivity.
Emma Sea
A very quick read in which I did find a few good takeaways.
Donna
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I generally like books like this, but often times it is hit or miss. I don't own my own business and I'm not sure I'd want to, but this one worked for me. I enjoyed the narrator of the audio.

I don't think there is just one road to success. This book points that out, but then on the other hand, they were leading the charge down their chosen road. It felt like opposing views, but I liked that they pointed that out. Some of this sounded like common sense, and some of it was cautionary. So 4 stars.
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Book Calendar
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Algirdas Raščius
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great collection of ideas that will help you to succeed in business. Although presented ideas are based on common sense, some of them strongly disagree with current usual business practices. Still problem is with current business practices and not with presented ideas.

Reading "Rework" can be great motivator for starting work smarter (rather than harder), seeking long-term sustainable business (rather than achieving better financial results for the current quarter) and really servi
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imane
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
"You need less than you think to get a business started”
Instead of over planning, get your hand dirty, use that time to solve your problem build a product and sell it to at least 10 people.
George Jensen
Over all this book is a bunch of simple proverbs relating exactly the problems I will face my entire career as long as I stay in the field I'm in. I gave it 3 stars cause I expect to savor deeper phrases. But I still like his matter-of-fact ways. Here are a few take aways I have kept:

Great businesses have a point of view, not just a product or service. You have to believe in something. You need to have a backbone. You need to know what you’re willing to fight for. And then you need to show the w
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Cathie
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-rc-goal
Wished I had read his January 2nd as it would have saved me bouts of anxiety. But glad I read this now - that's why ASAP isn't working effectively.

Rework is a fitting title not only for starting a business, but cultivating your role in a business.
Reem Mukbel
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every moment of reading this book, it teaches you how to simplify things to make results better.
Tomasz Kraus
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quite SaaSish point of view. Faster read than Lean Startup. Pretty motivating. 1-day read.
Ryan
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In the last few months I’ve learned that spending hours on the internet looking for ways to “be better” is bullshit. Reading countless blogs. Staying on top of every tweet. And never missing a single word uttered. All bullshit.

I’ve been lucky in finding a few great people on the web who have said this is bullshit. And I’ve been lucky enough to sit back and look at what I’ve been doing and tell myself it’s all bullshit. I have everything I need to make something TODAY.

Unless, I happened to be on
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Mario Tomic
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rework contradicts many of the standard business lessons found in other books, the book itself is written in a format of short powerful lessons and messages. I personally love the style of this writing and the overall structure with very high density of content. It can be a bit too much to digest for a reader but don't worry you can always re-read it as it's not such a long book. I found it particularly inspiring and would without doubt recommend this book if you wanna know some of the less comm ...more
Ananya Ghosh
"The myth of the overnight sensation:
You will not be a big hit right away. You will not get rich quick. You are not so special that everyone will instantly pay attention. No one cares about you. At least not yet. Get used to it...Trade the dream of overnight success for slow, measured growth. It's hard, but you have to be patient. You have to grind it out. "

Full of sassy and cut-the-crap-&-do-real-work advises , Rework is a must read for entrepreneurs (or as the book says, starters ).
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Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals. Jason believes there’s real value and beauty in the basics. Jason co-wrote all of 37signals books, and is invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.

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