Praise. “Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in Rework, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals’ success and. we created our own: Basecamp. When we showed the online tool to clients and colleagues, they all said the same thing: “We need this for our business too. Week 7 of our 10 week eBook we are showcasing Rework by Jason Fried are two of the founders of the very successful 37signals company.
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Most 37signaos 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 Most business books give you the same old advice: 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 37dignals 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. Hardcoverpages. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Reworkplease sign up. How do you feel about this book? Mithlesh Kumar Its a Must read!!
See all 6 questions about Rework…. Lists with This Book. Good standard small business advice. One downing not one updoing. Don’t be a whore to our customers. 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. Use tiny decisions to work th Good standard small business advice. Use tiny decisions to work through even large projects. Do less and be easier to use. Say no by default. Use the power of no to get your priorities straight. Be true to a type of customer rather than to specific customers. Don’t confuse enthusiasm with priorities. Build an audience by teaching customers rather than paying for advertising.
Be open about your processes, flaws and opinions. This will create more credibility than trying to appear perfect. Press releases are spam. Cultivate bloggers and writers for trades rather than general publications.
Hiring — don’t hire someone until you’ve tried to do the work yourself. Hire only as a last resort. Hire managers of 1 — self-directed people who can set their own goals and reach them without help. Give applicants a brief assignment to see if they are a good fit. Damage control — tell your customers when there’s a problem. They will respect you more than if you try to hide it. Get back to people quickly. Expect them to object to change.
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Good work environments result from trust, autonomy, privacy. Send people home at five. Don’t create policies because one person did something wrong once. Speak and write simply. Avoid jargon and buzz words.
Don’t imply ultimatums or demands by using words like need, must, can’t, etc. View all 15 comments. Mar 25, Janet Richards rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eboook 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 eboook. It’s what you say to your friends over lunch. It’s support for being feisty in work and in life.
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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 This is another book I can’t put down.
And I don’t want to fool myself that it’s not true just because another business book says the opposite. View all 6 comments. Aug 08, Amr rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
Some of the criticism is just ridicules like Don’t make long term plan and Stop calling yourself an entrepreneur, call yourself a starter. A lot of the criticism is filled with “. If it’s still important then why come out against it like it’s some kind of a disease. Other criticism falls under the category of a clever argument rather than a logical one, like “Learning from mistakes is overrated”, you should instead learn from your successes.
Well, what if I’m just starting and all I have is my first failure?? Some ideas are just confusing. So you drop everything else you’re working on and begin pursuing your latest, greatest idea.
It has an expiration date. If you want to do something, you’ve got to do it now. You can’t put it on a shelf and wait two months to get around it. The point you should be taken from the book is that you should break free from all these rules and follow only the ones you feel that they make sense but it doesn’t make it that clear. One very important thing is the book audience.
This book is NOT for people working in any industry. Most of the ideas of this book are more suited for digital industries especially software rather than more transitional industries.
What is worse is that the book doesn’t offer that distinction, it actually states very clearly that this book is for anyone who started a business, wants to start a business, or even working in a job they hate.
To sum up, “Follow your heart” is good motivation to jump off the cliff of career security into the uncharted territories of starting a business, it might be helpful from time to time when making decisions but it’s not a business strategy.
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