Rework by Jason Fried


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 ...

Details Rework

Release DateMar 9th, 2010
PublisherCrown Business
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Entrepreneurship, Management, Productivity

Reviews Rework

  • 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 anaudeienceHold 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.M...
  • Janet Richards
    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 t...
  • Amr
    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, mee...
  • Arjen
    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 al...
  • Joy
    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 o...
  • Darth J
    Review also posted on My Bookshelf is Ready.Is "Rework" worth it?Let me work itI put my thing downFlip it and reverse it- Maya Angelou
  • Amir Tesla
    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.
  • Louise
    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...
  • Annie
    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 ...
  • Shalmalee
    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.
  • John Cooper
    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, wh...
  • 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...
  • Bon Tom
    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 ...
  • Keyo Çalî
    I had heard of this book before, I told myself it is like that kind of books full of motivational, encouraging, inspirational, sweet and nice words 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 Wowone glimpse of the description was enough to persuade me to read the book.I told myse...
  • Peter
    SpecificsQuite 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 i...
  • Ahmed
    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
    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? 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.
  • 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 w...
  • Donna
    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...
  • Book Calendar
    Rework by Jason Fried and David HanssonJason Fried and David Hansson are the founders of 37 Signals which is a software development company. They have produced a number of different products including Ruby on Rails. They are contributors to the blog Signal Vs. Noise. 37 Signals was not founded on venture capital.The approach which is described in this book is contrary to many current business practices. The authors are describing a bootstrapping ...
  • Algirdas Raščius
    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...
  • Emma Sea
    A very quick read in which I did find a few good takeaways.
  • imane
    "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.
  • Reem Mukbel
    I enjoyed every moment of reading this book, it teaches you how to simplify things to make results better.
  • Cathie
    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.
  • John Mark
    TakeawaysTakedowns1. Don't make assumptions about how big your company should be ahead of time. Grow slow and see what feels right. Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself.2. Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they just use it up. The real heroes are already home because they have figured out a faster way to get things done.Go1. Create a meaningful dent in the universe. Do something that will make ...
  • Ryan
    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 everyt...
  • Mario Tomic
    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...
  • 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 entrep...
  • Tomasz Kraus
    Quite SaaSish point of view. Faster read than Lean Startup. Pretty motivating. 1-day read.