Friday, April 9, 2010

Book #34 - Rework

41XlDHL-ZzL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_I have been a fan of 37 Signals for some time, and I read their blog regularly. I think they go a great job of writing about how to run a business and not build an investment.
Rework is a summary of quite a bit of advice from their blog that has been rewritten and compiled. It’s a business book that give you advice on how to start your own business, how to hire people, how to get motivated in a real way.
This isn’t the book for someone that wants to start a company and sell it for a million dollars. It’s not a book that helps you get rich quick. It’s a book that tries to get you to think about how business actually works, build something that you are proud of, and something that succeeds.
The book is a series of chapters, each broken into short 1-2 pages snippets of information on a particular topic. Each section has an illustration from the 37 Signals artist, all of them quick sketches, and many of them humorous looks at the topic.
You could get all of this information from their blog, but it’s nicely summarized and edited in this book. It’s not a reprint of the blog, it’s a rewrite of the same information, but cleaned up. They talk about how their initial draft was twice as long, but then cut down the verbosity to get to the meat of the topics. That’s advice they give you for business as well. Don’t use more words than you need.
Something I need to learn.
This is a great business, book, in my opinion. One that’s worth reading if you are even thinking of starting your own business.

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