Rework — Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

8 Jan

reworkPublisher: Crown Business
Released: March 9th, 2010
Genre:Non-fiction, self-help, business
Source: Purchased

 

 

 

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.

From Goodreads

I liked this book. It was a quick read, which was neat because usually I slog through non-fiction. But I read this over the course of a couple of days during Christmas break.

If you’re looking for a straight forward, step by step how-to on changing your business ways, this isn’t the book for you. Move along. But if you’re looking for a book to get you thinking and excited about your current business or starting a new one, then this is definitely a read you’ll want to pick up.

The chapters are super short and focus on one thing that you can do/change to make your company grow and make your business successful.  It’s the short chapters that made this such a breezy read and made the pacing of the book quick. But I never felt like the authors were rushing through any of the topics.

I loved their enthusiasm for their business methods. It really got me excited and made me realize that some of my “weird” business ideas weren’t weird at all: they just weren’t traditional. Reading the book really helped me to see that I am on the right business track for who I am. Which is super exciting.

If you’re looking for inspiration and some cool counter-intuitive ideas about business, then I recommend this book 100%. However, if you’re looking for a how-to guide, you may want to skip this one.

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