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ISBN13: 9780307463746
ISBN10: 0307463745
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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 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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For entrepreneurs and small business owners, Fried and Hansson, who founded a software company that makes web-based productivity software for small businesses, outline a method to succeed in business that is based on their experiences. Going against conventional ideas about business and showing that a company doesn't need budgets, a lot of advertising, salespeople, a public relations firm, a plan, workaholics, or other touted elements, they address how to start a business, why it needs less than conventionally thought, when to launch it, how to get the word out, whom and when to hire, and how to manage, as well as issues of productivity, competition, damage control, and culture. There is no index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and people stuck in day jobs who want to get out will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.



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Non-Fiction , February 28, 2013 (view all comments by Non-Fiction )
I initially got this book on loan from a library. I loved the ideas so much that I had to buy a copy as reference. While every couple of pages is a full page picture, I am a visual learner so it really helped me process all the great ideas and keep both sides of my brain entertained. We often take for granted that common sense isn't so common anymore and this book really helps to remind people of the small things they might just be missing.

Some of the topics that really resonated with me were:
*Sell your by-products
*Meetings are toxic (time wasting)
*Out-teaching your competition
*Say no by default
*Emulate chefs

Highly recommend for all business people and entrepreneurs that are looking for a fresh perspective.
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Buckeye, April 20, 2010 (view all comments by Buckeye)
Unfortunately, this book does not live up to the hype surrounding it. First of all, this book IS NOT 288 pages. Almost every other page is a graphic or a blank page. The chapters end in two or three pages -- and very abruptly. It reads more like a 100-page book.

This book attempts to buck conventional wisdom by advocating the following:

* Don't work hard
* Don't plan for anything
* Don't have meetings
* Charge more (for less)
* Above all else, limit growth as much as possible
* Emulate drug dealers
* Follow your heart, not your customers
* "Underdo your competition"
* BAD-MOUTH YOUR COMPETITION (this might be the dumbest advice I've ever read in a book. Try this experiment sometime: go into a job interview and say extremely bad things about your former boss. Watch how fast you're shown the door).

The way to sell books these days is to be a heretic. Go against the grain. Create controversy. But this book could actually do HARM to a budding entrepreneur who attempts to follow this advice. I can't recommend this book based simply on that.
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Product Details

Fried, Jason
Crown Business
Heinemeier Hansson, David
Heinemeier Hansson, Da
Hansson, David Heinemeier
Industrial Management
Management - General
General Business & Economics
Business-Start Up Business
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8.52 x 5.76 x 1.1 in 1 lb

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