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“The authors review the pros and cons of telecommuting, suggest ideas to enhance efficiency, and tools to optimize output and build a collaborative spirit….easy to digest [and] useful ideas that are worth checking out.”
--Success Magazine

“Presents powerful arguments…the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money.”
--Tech Vibes

"Remote is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, Remote is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
"What you'll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena.  This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 

“Remote is the way I work and live.  Now I know why.  If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life.”
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
 
“In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.”
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants
 
“Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, Remote offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).”
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

“Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!”
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
 
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970’s, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
 
“Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker.  For the former, working remotely means more productive teams.  For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one’s environment.  Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.”
--Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. Remote is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
 
Remote shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!”
--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide

About the Author

JASON FRIED and DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON are the founders of 37signals, a trailblazing software company. They have been profiled in such publications as Time, Newsweek, and Wired. They're also contributors to Signals v. Noise, one the of Web's most popular blogs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I run an established small but growing remote business. Given how helpful Getting Real and Rework were for small, growing businesses, I assumed Remote would be full of great actionable strategies for being an effective remote team.

While there were 1 or 2 minor tidbits of useful information, the vast majority of the book is aimed at why non-remote companies should become remote, and how employees can convince their bosses to become remote.

There is very little useful information for someone who is already convinced a remote company is the way to go, and is looking for strategies for managing a remote company effectively.
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I read Frieds' first book ReWork and I really enjoyed the read. The title itself pretty much encapsulates everything this book is about, but when you take a few hours to dive into the book, you'll gain a lot of insight from his experiences in running one of the most cutting edge tech businesses of our day. There's a lot to learn from their trials and experiences and it's well worth the read. I manage a company with over 10 remote employees. My employees are all around the world from Orlando to San Francisco to Mumbai. While I love travelling to meet my employees and partners, I'll never miss the days of having the $5,000/month overhead of an office. Our business is more profitable, our employees are compensated better, they're more free to live their lives, make their own schedules and be with their families, and we are constantly growing together as a team. The pyramid hierarchy in business is a thing of the past, you'll either adapt to a more open and liberating work environment or you'll lose your valuable employees to a company who has. Well worth the read, I can't wait to meet Jason in person one day, a brilliant business 2.0 mastermind.
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philosophic in the sense that an effective case for WHY working remotely is the right idea, and ultimately inescapable.

Some good ideas on how to implement.

Not present: detailed "how to". Just as well, too many variables.

Finishes with a good selection of best-of-class tools.
And an endorsement of 37Signals.

Those of us who use 37Signals know their software is indeed best of class, and we are successfully implementing remote work as early adapters.

An easy 2-hour read.
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First of all, I work at a company that has plenty of remote workers, we are public, and have over 10,000 people. So we don't need convincing that remote working is good. But what I had hoped from this book was more of the operational issues that they faced. Instead, there was a great deal of philosophy and idealism, and precious little useful how-to.
There was also a largely dismissive tone when it came to how to handle remote work forces when your company has clients who dictate schedules and who expect "ASAP" responses to questions. The book basically suggests that "ASAP" is not a reasonable expectation. Great - I'll tell that to all my clients and see where they take their business.

The one key learning I got was the "4 hour overlap" requirement - remote teams need to all be online and working for 4 overlapping hours a day.

That was useful.

A great deal of the advice was literally impossible to implement for a larger company - as I read the suggestion of giving all employees a company credit card and not requiring expense reports, I thought about how that could never be reconciled with the legal requirements for a public company.

All in all, for a tiny, digital native company, the advice works, but the authors are naive as to the challenges implementing their techno-utopian worldview has at large scale. As they point out, IBM, Accenture and other big companies do have remote work forces, but as I know many people at those companies who are remote, I know that it's not at all as this book describes it. It's worth reading for a few useful operational points, but all in all, it's a book that's more like a self-help guide than a serious business title.
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Fantastic book from Jason Fried on the exciting life of Remote working. Our typical preconceived ideas regarding remote working is "out of sight, out of mind" or "if I can't see them, they must not be working". This book debunks those myths and share successes from their own company 37Signals.

This book highlights:

* Success is how productive you are, not location
* You can work from anywhere, anytime
* Measure success on project / task completion rather than how visible you are at the workplace.
* Have crossover times when all / most employees can attend meetings regardless of time zone.
* Work and Life are both important - not one or the other.
* Certain groups are more pre-disposed to success in working remotely - not every job can do this.
* Start small and build the program. Experiment.
* Don't let geographic location restrict you from getting the best talent possible.
* Much more.

I love this book. The world's workplaces are exploring this concept more and more to support environmental sustainability as well as procuring and maintaining the best talent possible. It is a quick read or listen and it is full of simple advice.
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