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by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

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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…  See more details below


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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"Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in REWORK, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals' success and inspiring us to put them into practice.  There's no jargon or filler here just hundreds of brilliantly simple rules for success.  Part entrepreneurial handbook for the twenty-first century, part manifesto for anyone wondering how work really works in the modern age, REWORK is required reading for anyone tired of business platitudes."
--Chris Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of THE LONG TAIL and FREE
"House-husband, housewife, Fortune 500 CEO, cab driver, restaurateur, venture capitalist -- this is 'the book for you,' a book of true wisdom, business wisdom, life wisdom. The clarity, even genius, of this book actually brought me to near-tears on several occasions. Just bloody brilliant, that's what!"
--Tom Peters, New York Times bestselling author of IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE, THRIVING ON CHAOS and LEADERSHIP
"If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I'm investing in REWORK every time.  This is a must read for every entrepreneur."
--Mark Cuban, co-founder of HDNet and and owner of the Dallas Mavericks
"Inspirational...REWORK is a minimalist manifesto that's profoundly practical. In a world where we all keep getting asked to do more with less, the authors show us how to do less and create more."
--Scott Rosenberg, Co-Founder of and author of DREAMING IN CODE and SAY EVERYTHING

"The brilliance of REWORK is that it inspires you to rethink everything you thought you knew about strategy, customers, and getting things done. Read this provocative and instructive book—and then get busy reimagining what it means to lead, compete, and succeed."
--William C. Taylor, Founding Editor of Fast Company and coauthor of MAVERICKS AT WORK 

"...a Webby manifesto for post-recession success."--Newsweek


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Rework 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
Rob More than 1 year ago
Rework offers honest insight into the ways 37signals stays successful. The advice is practical and the writing style is clear and concise. You may not be able to completely remodel your business to adapt to their suggestions, but there are plenty of "Ah hah!" moments. The book is bursting with examples on how to save time, raise morale, and keep your business healthy. While some ideas seem unconventional like "fire the workaholics", throwing out resumes, and under-doing the competition, as you read the explanations you can clearly see the value of their unique approaches to common problems businesses face. The book is a quick read and full of useful suggestions.
Kurokun More than 1 year ago
I work at a BIG MULTINATIONAL... and all the waste and slowness this book preaches to avoid, we have it just as this book describes. More than that they offer practices and ways to think about things related to making a living in software and succeed. However, it is NOT ABOUT BEING B-I-G. It is about being able to make a good living and get on with your life. More than that, things they discuss in the book I have even seen doing a little micro business. Where the micro business does some parts right it matches the book's dos. Then there are some things done wrong, and they match the book's don'ts. Perhaps something I love most is their harsh criticism of false heroics and a$$ in seat culture where we all "work" overtime. Yeah, there are times you do some real OT 'cause you are hot on the trail. However if you are always driving at 80%+ you won't have slack needed when disaster hits. They take on these hero myths and tear then down for the junk they are. If you are a modern, well read developer who has a dream of being their own boss some day, or just finding a way to wage some healthy culture war against stupidity at your current job... read this book. It will fire you up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I've listened to it too many times to count and I've only had it for a couple of days. I did get the audiobook, but I would recommend either option because of its impact. It will help anyone looking to startup or reinvent the wheel. They approach everything "against the grain". This new way of thinking has changed the way I look to start my business and again I can't stop saying good things about it. It's a must read if you really want to get the ball rolling with any new startup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel very different from the other reviews. I thought many of the ideas in this book were common sense. If there were any unique and inspiring ideas, the author sped through everything so quickly, as if it were impossible to expand on an idea. In short, I feel like I just read an outline of an aspiring business major.
Li_Min_Ho More than 1 year ago
Re-Work is all the stuff that you don't learn in business school that you might only learn in the real world through experience if you don't read this book. It's short and quick, but that's hardly a negative thing: they don't waste words telling you how to take a stand, avoid over-hiring, find the right people, avoid overloading your product, and grow your business. I read it in two days and i plan to re-read it to really internalize it because it's a great business book. It's so simple and straight-forward that you'd have never thought of all this. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a down-to-earth, informal account of what it is to run a world class business with a small business mentality. This eBook explores how to kick-start your own business, the perks and perils of being your own boss, when and how to grow your business, and the importance of having a grounded view of success. If you are about to embark on your own business, particularly an online business, this book will give you a new found persepective on what it means to be an entrepreneur, while avoiding the hardcore business jargon. A really great read - especially on your iPad!
James_Garton More than 1 year ago
Rework is about reworking you. This book will change your thinking, your goals, your outlook, the way you operate, and most of all this book will change your income. Forget what you learned in seminars and business school. Every reader will get an education in reality, and what it takes to be a success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good. I found that it just barely skimmed the surface of what I thought it would be about. I expected it to go into more depth. This is due partly to it's length [Barnes & Noble -- why do you list this book as 280 pages??] -- which is under 100 pages. Many of these are empty and devoid of text. I'm extremely annoyed that I paid $12.99 for this -- it should be have been $2.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good - though not deep - explanation of a new paradigm for businesses. Based on the authors' experiences in their own business, it offers ideas I wish more companies would apply in order to be able to be more flexible and responsive.
MHajri More than 1 year ago
I have already listened it 2 times.The truly companion for my business.One of the best wisdom I have ever got in recent years-Just in time for modern times.
Brian Allen More than 1 year ago
Though I found some topics were over simplifed I found the book spot on. Many of the ideas expessed in the book I could closely relate to as I felt the sameway.
TuneCloud More than 1 year ago
As founder of, to read fellow Chicago entrepeneurs smashing the classic approach to building and running a business is very refreshing. Rework the book is as concise and to the point as the philosophy. Build, release early, iterate often. Loved it.
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I get asked this all the time, and I point to this book first.
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This book is so inspirational! Most business books are so bogged down with old fashioned jargon, this book has current concepts and great advice! You have to get this book if you're thinking about starting a business!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Rework" is easy to read and gives you encouragement to work hard and aspire to great heights. If you are already entrepreneurially bent, though, you will get little from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jason Fried and his 37Signals colleagues offer this quick read full of fresh perspectives on building and growing a business, maximizing creative efficiency and nurturing a sticky culture for top talent. If you're reading authors like Daniel Pink, Jim Collins, Marcus Buckingham, Les McKeown and Matthew Dixon and following conferences like TED and Chicago Ideas Week, add this to your reading list! This is the roadmap for the next generation of small businesses.
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Only a 100 pages, but full of strong ideas. You have probably heard of most of them, but still a nice inspiring read.
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This book provided great tips for ubderstanding how businesse today can grow and make something worthwile. I was surprised how many things mentioned related to many companies I have worked for. Highly recommend reading this book.
MBlank More than 1 year ago
The book was different from other business books that I've read because it spoke from a small business experience point of view. Every idea and suggestion was based from something they are doing or something they have done.