Rework by Jason Fried (2010)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I came across this book from a list of the Top 10 Best Business Books for Entrepreneurs. My library had a copy and I was interested to read it because I’ve been dabbling at working for myself so I thought there might be something I could learn from it.
Overall it’s a very short, quick read that’s packed with tons of advice for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. The author has successfully founded a small company and has lots of experience to share. The book has small little chapters and every word is there for a reason. There’s no filler or fluff and the book’s format aligns with the advice given to keep things simple and easy.
Unlike other books, it doesn’t tell you to grow your business and take over the world or expand quickly. The author makes an argument for having a thriving small business and making do with what you have. He also busts all the ideas that you need fancy equipment and tons of stuff to start a business. Put simply, you can do a lot yourself and you don’t need a lot of resources to get the ball rolling. Many of the excuses people might use for why they can’t do something, this book will show you why you actually can.
It’s a fun book to read with some interesting black and white graphics between the chapters. It’s also very inspiring, uplifting, and I felt very motivated after reading it. There were tons of good ideas and I got a lot out of it even though I don’t see myself as starting a business but more like freelancing on the side. Still, it was very enjoyable and I’d recommend it to anyone, even if they’re not an entrepreneur or business person. This book will give you a little boost and help you with time management, organization, goal setting, and tons of other things that could benefit your everyday life.
My Rating: ★★★★☆