Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
This book was on my 2018 Reading and Review List.
It’s now 2020…
Yes, this is how long it has taken me to buy and read (or in this case, listen to) this book.
In fact, it had taken me so long that when I eventually got around to listening to it, I was wondering where this book had come from and how it ended up in my TBR pile.
But anyway, the audiobook is just under 3-hours long, and here are my thoughts on it.
What is this book about?
Essentially, this book is trying to re-write (or re-work) the traditional way that people do business.
Since the start of the technology era, the rules of business have changed.
You don’t need a business plan, you don’t those business cards, you don’t need office space, you don’t need to have all of your team in the same room in order to work together.
Instead, the authors give advice on how you can stay lean and flexible in your business dealings (and reduce those overheads!)
Who is “Rework” for?
This book is predominantly aimed at new business owners and entrepreneurs.
Although seasoned entrepreneurs may not get a great deal of value out of this book, it would be useful to those that are stuck in their old ways and need pulling into the 21st century.
When I began listening to this book, I found it very basic and rather boring, and there was nothing of value for me.
There were a few moments where I was ready to close up shop and pop that audiobook into my DNF pile!
However, I’m glad I didn’t because as the book went on, it got better and better, and I found myself agreeing more and more with the authors. Especially because most of the advice contained in the book reflects my own way of working.
21st-century lean entrepreneurial advice
I have been in the entrepreneurial world and doing my own thing for approximately 8 years (although I had a 2-year gap where I was employed as a Business Development Manager).
The way in which I went about doing business in the past is discouraged by the authors. And I struggled a lot during those business years.
Now, I’m all about operating as lean as possible and focussing solely on increasing the bottom line; expenses are kept to a minimum, technology is utilized to automate tasks, and time is managed as the finite resource that it is.
In other words, the ‘all-fur and no knickers’ approach just doesn’t work. Instead, it’s all about being practical and effective.
So, I can absolutely confirm that the advice given in this book is sound and it does work because I’ve lived on both sides of the fence.
Rework outlines small steps, which are very easy to implement, that will make a big difference in the way that you do things and to the results that you achieve.
What did I think of the book?
Although I found the beginning of the book to be boring and lacking value, it did get better in the second half.
If you are a brand new entrepreneur and taking your first steps in business, this would be a great place for you to start.
The book helps you to focus on the right things and not be distracted by other tasks that are disguised as ‘necessities’ but in reality are unimportant or irrelevant.
In a nutshell, it’s a simple-to-implement way to stay lean and flexible.
Have you listened to “Rework?”
This book review is my personal opinion and experience of “Rework.”
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