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Jason Fried , David Heinemeier Hansson
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Book Description

29 Oct 2013
The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo -- more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace."  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea--and they're going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (29 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137508
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great talent and the best companies are difficult to find – and it’s only getting harder. It’s time to stop letting geography prevent you from finding or joining them. Remote working is the future and this book shows you how you do it. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

JASON FRIED is the founder of 37signals, a privately held web-based software development company and the co-author of the international bestseller Rework. His motto is, ‘It's simple until you make it complicated’.

DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON is the creator of Ruby on Rails, an open-source web framework on which hundreds of thousands of web applications have been built – including Twitter. He is also Fried’s business partner at 37signals and co-author of Rework.

37 SIGNALS is internationally renowned for its innovative web products, including Basecamp, Highrise and Campfire. Founded in 1999, 37signals has grown into a multi-million dollar company with over three million loyal customers. The company, based in Chicago, has been profiled in the Guardian, Time, Wired and Business Week.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Leans too much towards the why rather than how 1 Nov 2013
Much more of a manifesto than a radical how to guide than 37signals previous books, I was a bit disappointed. As a remote worker myself, I didn't find much that was new and/or didn't fit into the common sense category. I guess that's reassuring in a way and perhaps this is a topic for which there's not much to say.

If you are an aspiring remote worker, or a manager of an aspiring remote worker, this is well worth picking up as a quick 101 guide although you could probably work out most of it yourself. I'd also say that the recommendations of software/services are unlikely to satisfy bosses at anything other than small enterprises (document sharing, for example = Dropbox/SkyDrive or Google Docs).

Already a remote worker? There's not much to see here unfortunately - but it's an engaging read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far too broad to be of much use. 21 July 2014
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When I was hired for a role that required me to work from home I was concerned about coping with such a change and so turned to the internet for advice. This book was recommended to me a few times and so I decided buy it.

It covered the subject of remote working very broadly. It covers the subject from both the side of the employee, the manager and the company so only maybe 3 chapters were of much use and those chapters but a few short pages long with most of the advice offered being pretty much common sense rather than anything groundbreaking.

There was also quite a bit of self-promoting trumpet blowing about how amazing the writers company is that was rather off-putting.

It did have a few useful pointers which is why it is getting 3 stars, but I was underwhelmed and disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read with all the Answers 19 July 2014
By Andy
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A great book that makes you think about your managers in a whole new light, and not a particularly bright one. My commute is only 40 minutes each way, but at least it gives the managers the chance to manage me. I probably do less than I would if I was at home working, but hey-ho, they get to see me. Despite the fantastic content of the book, including giving you answers to all of the excuses that managers come out with, I am going to be tied to my desk until I retire. Such is life in the public sector!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Reference Document! 16 Sep 2014
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Yet again the chaps at Basecamp(nee 37signals) have produced a go to publication. I've read their other works, Rework and Getting Real and can say, quite frankly, I'll be ripping off the ideas and concepts in this book, repackaging and rebranding them as my own at the next AGM. I would recommend this book to anyone who is still on the fence about the whole remote working'll become a ardent supporter after you've read it...why? Because it makes sense!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Depends on Whether Your Mind is Ready 14 May 2014
Thanks Fried. This is a simple to read and digest book with a very important message. Most people who read this will agree but few will put the ideas to work. I am now changing direction because like it or not, remote working is here to stay. I even liked this book more than Re-Work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 April 2014
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Makes you think. Helps you implement remote work and convince your company to adopt it. It's one of the best books about remote work I've read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it and live by it! 27 April 2014
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I think this is a story of our age and is an inspirational message to all

I can remember flying out to meet Jason, and David at a conference called SEED in Chicago that they were hosting. They were living the dream back then, since that time they have gone from strength to strength and this book is a must for any new budding startup.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read about adopting remote working 5 April 2014
By Rachael
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I'm a digital project manager and found the book very interesting and there's lots of counter arguments you can present to your boss/company about why they should give remote working a try I can't wait to be an early adopter.
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