[Download] Rework By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson


By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 2 hours
Release date: Mar 9, 2010
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (616 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. 

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.

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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70 Responses to “[Download] Rework By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson”

  1. Josh Berry

    Rework hits the mark.
    Rework’s authors created a gem. It doles out sound advice that you may put in to practice now. My biggest takeaways are the following: Make decisions quickly and without regret, work efficiently, remove distractions, speak frankly, limit expenses, give employees autonomy and trust, share and spread knowledge of your business, and, most of all, keep it simple. Well done!

  2. Zulma Gamblin

    Great book
    Straight to the point no BS approach. Unconventional but very down to earth, get it today!!

  3. mbangiso

    I learnt a lot from this book
    I read it twice already in the space of 2 days. love it too much

  4. Maryanne Sunn

    The best business book I’ve ever read. I run a small business and have learned many of these lessons firsthand. The rest of the advice I hope to apply in the near future as I continue to grow my company!

  5. Colleen Neyaci

    Great way to look at business
    not really what I thought it was going to be but it is full of insightful knowledge. really gets the gears going again.

  6. Jonna S.

    Absolutely terrible
    I love business books but this one is absolutely pathetic. What a waste of my money and my time. Please don’t waste yours!

  7. Scott

    Motivates you to want more from your job!
    Excellent, practical advice on doing more and taking control. Can’t recommend it enough to anyone who thought “I could do it better.”

  8. Scott K Owens

    37 Signals
    I’m a huge fan of 37 Signals. Rework is ok, but I prefer to listen to their pod casts. The book delves a bit more in depth than the free audio clips available, but I prefer the casual tone of the podcasts.

  9. Robert Kaempen

    This is simply a good advise book.
    There’s nothing exciting or new only the thoughts of a very successful company in the pages of this book. Like advise from your parents to brush your teeth or wash your face, it’s good advise that will yeid positive results. The book is good advice and teaches fundamental simple principles.

  10. Frederic L.

    It’s Everything you think about from an Employee’s perspective. It’s everything you think about from an employer’s perspective. It’s everything you think about from a business owner’s perspective. A short, no nonsense, easy to understand book. This is the secret message in a bottle we all want to receive one day! Simply… one of the best books I’ve read.

  11. Damon H.

    Not bad. Better 2nd time round .
    I have a service company . the thing I got most from this book was clarity on a new service that I have been trying to implement for my company . This book is from the perspective of a software company and how they did start up. a sort of do this not that book.
    I actually enjoyed it more the second time through and was able to pull out good nuggets of information from each chapter.
    I was also surprised how familiar I already was with this company and enjoyed their story.

  12. Elois Mulhern

    Great Book – mainly motivational
    I love 37signals and a lot of what they stand for. This book is consistent with their brand and positioning… and I appreciate that. It’s a motivational huzzah for being reasonable in how you work. It’s confirmation that you CAN just make a great product and do good business and be profitable. It speaks plainly and cuts through a lot of the crap in our start up environment today.

    It’s absolutely worth a listen, but you might not come out on the other end having experienced some sort of cathartic epiphany about work either.

  13. Ione Bennings

    Must Read for Business Owners and Managers
    Best book on business I have read in a long long time! Straightforward and makes business simple again!

  14. Jacinda Eshmon

    Great perspective
    Loved this book, offers a great perspective on doing business. Very usefull for small business.

  15. Gene Venanzi

    Straight to the point
    Direct, raw and tough statements were told in this book. Very valuable specially in times where people are getting more and more freak and workaholic. It’s been 7 years since its publication, but yet fresh and widely applicable.

  16. Charley Barribeau

    Nothing new, and too specific to their experience
    What did you like best about Rework? What did you like least?

  17. Patrick

    So much valuable info!
    Packed with useful tips and tricks that are upfront, honest and come from real world experience. Will need to listen a few times to have it all sink in, but I’m glad I purchased this one!

  18. Buck Stenzel

    chain of disconnected unproven theories
    seeing the high ratings, I was so excited about this book, but reading it you get chapter after chapter of someone’s affirmations without any research behind it. avoid.

  19. Janey Duree

    I have listen to the book about 3 or 4 times just in the first week of owning it.
    Great guide for starting a business in today’s world.

  20. Joe Isaacs

    Starts slow. Gets fantastic by chapter 15.
    Excellent book. If you run a small business and want to grow it. This book is for you.

  21. Cristina Colon

    You cant go wrong with this one…
    At first look ReWork may appear to be too simple. Don’t be fooled, as the book goes on you start to realize a series of things you should (or shouldn’t) be doing right now.
    Highly recommended for anyone that is starting his own business and for those who are already consolidated it. Trust me… it’s a wonderful time.

  22. Noma Rufino

    whining 2010
    Felt at times it was just whining about how things should be, these guys are really convinced of their truth, some good points of view though.

  23. Marcellus Laabs

    inspiring enough to Act on IDEAS
    grounded n practical guidance for routine decisions. the author has used relevant & in time examples to deliver the message of going behind substance than fashion (trends). Must read fr all who want to convert their startup into business with Audiences

  24. Lachelle Brensel

    like it
    very impressed with the guy who read the book.
    and nice book with good content

  25. Astrid Seaver

    Very precise and practical tips.
    It can work as hand book. Very modern and practical tips to make decision and run your startup. Narrator did very good job. I will surely listen to this book again in future.

  26. Bruno Chrosniak

    An annual listen
    I have been listening to this book once a year as a career check-in. It’s helpful to evaluate your position in your workplace.

  27. Leigh Bernbeck

    Inspiring book!
    Thank you so much! i learned a new way of thinking… recommended to read and be inspired

  28. Kaycee Moncrieff

    super recomendable
    Rompe los mitos de la estructura tradicional de la empresa. Si están por empezar 1 proyecto nuevo, este libro los va a ayudar.

  29. Sid F.

    Great book
    What a great book! Really enjoyed listening to this book and it was great info!

  30. Jude H.

    On point and easy to follow
    Actionable, inspiring, opinionated, and concise. I found this book and “remote” to be opening my mind for how I want to work. The book also has some great business advice and a plan for long lived success not just selling out living on the beach.

  31. Henry Chrzanowski

    Like a one day motivational seminar.
    Subtitle, “things you can say after you make a bazillion dollars”.

  32. Oscar

    Really good book with a lot of tips/Oscar sweden
    I really like The book its hands on and gives a lot of practical info

  33. Dan in TX

    Simply Put
    Straight forward and simple. Great advice. I often thought I was the only one who thought this way.

  34. Suzette Brengle

    Quick Hits
    Conclusion = A 3.5 out of 5 for me but worth the investment.

    The most helpful business books inspire me to think about how to mature our business. I naturally buck at the authortiative tone of this reading/writing. My ego always hears ” X” point made and naturally questions whether one or two experiences led to an over extrapolated position. Then I settle on “so what, get over yourself and hear their message.” The strength of this book is that it reads as quick hit points and positions on important topics rather than an orchestrated (possibly wasteful) story. I value the short and sweet approach to the writing because in a few commutes I may be inspired to think about numerous facets of our business. This is a book I can play over a couple times a year. I often read Jason Fried’s LinkedIn posts and find that I favor his writing style and delivery in the content there much more, plus this book is 7 years old and any writer will grow with time. Lastly, it is 7 years old but entirely relevant.

  35. Alta Hildebrandt

    Completely new way of thinking about business!
    I follow a lot of entrepreneurs and their advice, but I’ve never heard anything like this before. The author takes an entirely different approach to startups and business. Some of his advice is a bit controversial of course, but a lot of it is fantastic if you’re open minded.

    For example, at one point, he asks "Why should you grow your business?" He says that bigger is not always better and you should optimize your business, adapt as needed, and act accordingly.

    Mainly what I got out of this is that you should think for yourself and not just blindly follow the masses.

    It’s a quick read and I got a significant about of value for the price and the time I spent listening to it. 5 stars for me.


  36. Santiago Tacoronte

    A must read for anyone starting a business
    the book is short and straight with real life examples. the author give clear directions on what to do and what not to do as well on how to avoid common pitfalls when starting a business. very recommended read to anyone starting any kind of business but specially these self called Startups. the narration is also quite good.

  37. Joel Thanos

    There were a few good nuggets in there but not a ton. The narrator was awful. He over emphasized every word so your brain has trouble deciphering what you’re supposed to listen to.

  38. Jason Dekker

    good ideas
    Short sweet concepts to keep in mind for being productive as an individual and team. requires clear direction

  39. Charlott Kristek

    Immediately useful information!
    Straightforward and useful information from people with experience and wisdom. A refreshing relief from tired platitudes on business.

  40. sandieman

    If you own a business, this is a must read. I found everything so on point and immediately applicable to my situations as running a startup.

  41. James M.

    Nuevos Horizontes
    Una perspectiva fresca que permite tomar en cuenta factores importantes al momento de hacerte responsable de la economía.

  42. Iva Rameriz

    Wise and refreshing
    I’ve listened to this twice now because it’s so short. I highly recommend checking this book out. It’s such a refreshing and realistic departure from the typical Silicon Valley “hustle, grind, load up on VC, don’t worry about profit” talk. Fried and Hansson rethink from the ground up a lot of typical start up culture, and for the better.

  43. Lorene B.

    Short & On Point
    Finally a book that gives you the message in 3 hrs instead of stretching it to 10 hrs. Straight forward message that is frugal and applicable.

  44. Rubin B.

    Waste of time
    I have read a lot of self help books and this was just meh. Too many assumptions and too simple. Better off reading the four hour work week.

  45. Artem Sorokin

    The book is filled with unjustified rules
    To many rules you can argue about and much less examples than you actually need.

  46. Mario Bermudez

    On point and relevant with what I wanted.
    Great book for anyone wanting to improve their mindset. I liked the voice of the narrator and was extremely enthusiastic.

  47. Karey Morss

    answers problems that are not real
    This book is written in a way of
    1. propose problem that isn’t a problem e.g. Planning is just a guess
    2. explain why problem happens e.g. No one can know everything about the future
    3. presents solution e.g. don’t plan, just make decisions about what to do each day

    except the problems are not actually problems, they seem to just be presented so they can be answered. the blurb sounded great, but it is just a slog that reads like a know it all that is riffing about what they think is important, but is actually fairly irrelevant. disappointing

  48. Shena Shamonsky

    Great audiobook!
    It’s business but if you’re going to dig deeper, this applies to anything in life. If I’m going to sum it to a few words—it’s all about action, authenticity and focusing on the essentials. The book I suggest that complement this is The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann.

  49. Janett Steans

    Listened to It Twice
    Any additional comments?

  50. Jasper C.

    True Grit of an Entrepreneur
    There are many paths to building the future successes of your own entrepreneurial journey. This one resonates with the tireless and unrelenting masters of their own vision and frequency.

    A few more blocks to build and lift on your own… Never did anything more but build character and establish true grit.

  51. Robbie Thiboutot

    I enjoyed a lot this book.
    I enjoyed a lot this book. Not for everyone, and not meant to be by the authors either.

  52. Mack Holesovsky

    Nuggets of truth
    Most modern day entrepreneurs (even though this book bags out that particular word!) already know and do this stuff by instinct. Quite enjoyable book, with a few laugh out loud moments where the author calls a spade a spade. This is the kind of book that won’t change anyone’s mind on how they could or should work or run a business, but it does give its target reader stoutness of heart, reminding them that they aren’t crazy bucking some of the follies of big business systems and cultures.

  53. Megan Pixler

    Refreshing and honest reality check
    Nice reality check and suggestions for anyone trying to start a business. Read’s with an honest and engaging format.

  54. Rocco Delancey

    Valuable information well communicated
    I have learned lots of useful things about running businesses. Important insights are how to manage time, how to develop a working product, how to do marketing and many more.

  55. Anonymous User

    fresh ideas
    I enjoy business, but not the boring formal parts that everyone is made to follow. This book let’s people know that business can be done differently with friendliness and caring at its core. Worth the Listen. Enjoy it.

  56. Glenda Sannicolas

    Very generalized ideas in book format. Not applicable to every situation, which is a little expected. Contradictory throughout. Not spectacular.

  57. Edward Grimm

    Great listen
    very insightful and succinct.

    I’ve heard some of the ideas in other books, that’s the only reason for 4 stars. this is overall a great primer on rethinking business. Great startup read

  58. Nickole Montezuma

    Let me save you some time…
    Think of everything you’ve ever heard or learned about starting or running a business.

    It’s wrong. Do the opposite.

    That’s this book in a nutshell.

  59. Regine Abramowski

    This book is awesome. From start to finish there is no time wasted. It is pure of just what is relevant and important. Highly recommended for those with a business in 2010.

  60. Joane Flodin

    Jason Fried and his company are awesome; this book is not.
    I have a lot of respect for Jason Fried and his team. I hope my SaaS business can reach their level of success and product an awesome culture and work experience for my future employees.

    With that being said, I am disappointed with this book.

    It is full of vague mantras and advice. Some of the concepts they discuss (e.g. avoid bureaucracy) are definitely valid and useful, but they do not go very in-depth. I wish there were more details on how they built their own company and the process of making a successful product.

    Many of the ideas discussed in this book can also be found in The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, and I would recommend listening to that audiobook instead.

  61. Kim Possible

    Practical reading for the aspiring business owner
    I really loved the simplicity of the read and practical advice given which helped stir up my imagination as I thought about how to go about reworking my business and making it successful. Definitely recommend anyone to read this first before diving right into starting a business.

  62. Guillermo J.

    Excellent book! So many new business facts! And
    This is a must read for any small business owers, entrepreneurs, workers or anyone in a corporate environment, times have shifted, ways of working have too.

  63. Gary O.

    Real advice for real business
    This book will help you lessen your distractions, focus on what’s important and alter the way you think about your love and business. Every person who reads this will take away at least 5 key items to improve their business or daily life. A worthwhile book with plenty of direct substance.

  64. Odell Carpenito

    Practical advices for starters
    Starters aka entrepreneurs. A compendium of advices to bring back simplicity and focus to business founders.

  65. James

    A practical and refreshing read
    A no nonsense, straight to the point book about productivity and finding the right things to do in your business.

  66. Donald Holub

    A sigh of relief for all of you workaholics
    A sigh of relief for all of you workaholic out there. permission to loosen up and enjoy your work again..

  67. Dani Norvell

    Awesome philosophy and a great confirmation!
    I’m running a lean startup and a big fan of Ruby on Rails, and the founders of 37 signals . This is by far the greatest and honest business book that I have read. Highly recommended if you found other business book sounds a bit untrue to real world. This one is written by someone who actually runs a lean startup successfully!

  68. Malcolm C.

    Such a great book, will definitely recommend.
    lots of knowledge and real life expeirwnce in this book from someone thsts been in the trenches like me and bootstrapped it to the top. mad respect and hustle!

  69. Dani H.

    Good Book – Interesting Perspective
    Easy read. Interesting perspective on some things. I found the “There’s surprisingly little difference between a candidate with six months of experience and one with six years. The real difference comes from the individual’s dedication, personality, and intelligence.”

    I would agree there are some hidden gems out there but experience matters. I recently read a statement that sums this up well:

    “In demand software engineers are problem solvers, not coders!

    The software engineering shortage is not a lack of individuals calling themselves “engineers”, the shortage is one of quality — a lack of well-studied, experienced engineers with a formal and deep understanding of software engineering.”

    Love the book. Lots of hidden nuggets of information!

  70. Kellee Mcphan

    Direct and to the Point
    I was a little nervous to download this book because I have a tendency to think longer business E books are better. Like I won’t get my money’s worth with a shorter selection. And while sometimes that’s true, Rework was completely the opposite. It was concise, super informative and to the point. While this book could have been twice as long as they allude to in their writing process, it’s perfect the way that it is. As a small business owner, it’s thought provoking and motivating and doesn’t seem overwhelming with too much information like some other books I’ve listened to. Two thumbs up.

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