Why Every Entrepreneur Should Read Rework

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We have asked thousands of entrepreneurs about what the one book is they would recommend every other entrepreneur should read. That is why we created IdeaMensch 100, what my mother would call the ultimate book list for entrepreneurs. The most recommended book is Rework, written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson –  the founders of software company Basecamp. I love both the book  and the software.


I am seriously not surprised about the success of this book. It’s awesome and definitely one of the books that has made one of the biggest impacts on my career. They give great advice, but what makes this book so sticky is how they bring across the information. Each chapter is brief and to the point, with memorable titles and actionable advice. Honestly, if your read the book and follow three pieces of advice and bring to life one, you’re going to be a much better entrepreneur right away. But, this is not about me. It’s about what a bunch of other entrepreneurs think about Rework and the impact the book made on them.


And be sure to check out our awesome book list, which again, my mother loves.

Mary Juetten

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It’s different than all the other books in the space and I love a quick read.

Josh Nesbit

Rework by Jason Friedman and David Heinemeier Hansson. Everybody works, hire when it hurts those are a few key messages from Rework, a brilliant little book that resonates with my experiences.

Alaia Williams

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37 Signals (the creators of Basecamp). I love this book because they get right to the point on the first page. Whether you agree with each idea or not, you don’t have to spend tons of time getting through pages of filler. Their ideas about work, business, and life are practical and straight forward. An excellent read for anyone who is ready to change the way they work. I’ve started giving it to new clients if they don’t already have a copy.

Emily Winters

Rework by 37 Signals. For me, it was a great reality check for companies and workers in understanding common things like time management, practical organization strategy, product development, and general economics. And it’s a damn good read. Quick too, as in, you can read it in one night, and you’ll probably try to read it again immediately. It’s been the book I’ve consistently recommend for the whole last year.

Chris McConnell

I would have to say Rework by Jason Fried. It’s so easy to read and it’s super insightful. Compared to Jason, hardly anyone who writes about business actually thinks outside the box. Page after page he delivers actual insights that make you think wow.

Jon Reifschneider

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier-Hansson– this is a must-read for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur.  It challenges many of the traditional beliefs around work and entrepreneurship and puts forth a lot of actionable recommendations on how to do things better.

Laurie Cantus

Okay, one of my favorites is Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, because it’s all about the idea of DOING, and trusting your intuition–and it’s just awesome. It’s also an easy read with pictures. Can’t beat that.

John Meyer

Rework. My absolute favorite business book. It’ll mess with your mind a bit and make you step back and ask “why?”

Zach Yungst

Rework is an unconventional business book from Jason Fried, the guy behind BaseCamp. Jason gives simple yet efficient tips to get things done and focus on what matters: you. The book helps you rethink everything you thought you knew about your customers and your strategy, a must read for serial entrepreneurs and small-business owners alike!

Jim Thomas

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It’s a must-read if you’re running or working for a startup and shows how much “ conventional” wisdom is really fear or laziness in disguise. It’s pretty breezy. You don’t have to implement everything they advise, but even taking just a few things will improve your product.

Co-Founders of DuoDater

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It will make you rethink what you know about business and apply it to your startup.

Mike Krass

Rework by 37 Signals founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Among many things, this book explains the simplest (yet most valuable) ways you can successfully start a company, run a business and be more productive in your everyday life.

Ale Lariu

How about two very different books: ReWork and Black Swan. The first is about not following rules when you’re doing your own company. And the latter is about our relationship with predicting the unknown.

David Adelman

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier. It’s a good motivator to get started with your business idea, even if it’s not 100% ready (Hint: it never is).

Gonzo Arzuaga

Rework” by the people at 37signals. Every entrepreneur should read that one.

Billy Goldberg

Rework  by Jason Fried is a must read. It boils business and the way people work down to their most simple and effective basics.

Raphaël Paulin-Daigle

One of the books I would recommend the most is Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals. It’s disruptive and  far from being a traditional business book. The content is pure genius. I think that if entrepreneurs can follow the philosophies explained in the book, the business world will be better for it.  It truly is a fantastic book.

Karen Cummings

I really enjoyed Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier, the founders of 37signals. It offers you a new and refreshing insight into owning business, what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ with business and ways to instigate success and growth (just the right amount of growth).

David Chen

I’d recommend Rework by 37signals. Unlike other books, this is an easy read and very practical. You can finish it in a morning and start applying a lot of what it says by the afternoon. It’s a very good guide for anyone wanting to be more effective.

Eric Bouchard

Rework by the 37signals guys. It’s not perfect but, overall, it’s a good reminder of how to execute with a no nonsense approach.

Wesley P. Belden

I know it only asks for one book, but I just finished a book I really like called Rework by Jason Fried, it stresses that business leaders need to focus on their strengths and basic ideas and pushing down the field. There are so many things that pop up on a leader’s radar, that sometimes it really helps to just focus on a few action items.

Abby Ross

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a must-read. It’s sometimes hard to abide by, but the authors give great ideas about building an MVP (minimum viable product) and organizing a team for work effectiveness.

Michael Brooks Jr

Rework by the 37 Signals guys. It goes against most traditional business guides and is worth reading over and over and over. I absolutely love the content and would recommend it to anyone, no matter what industry they work in

Michal Hudecek

My favorite is Rework from Jason Fried. It’s about entrepreneurship without all the useless “corporational facade”.

Brendan Fleming

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. It helped me get motivated and made look at this crazy experience completely different. A lot of outside the box thinking.


Published on June 18, 2014 .
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