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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Written by: Mike Michalowicz
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It's possible. And it's easier than you think.

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash. 

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business best sellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real-life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient. 

Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

  • Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you. 
  • Pinpoint your business's most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.
  • Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the "weakest link in the chain" method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, 100, or somewhere in between, whether you're a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.

©2018 Mike Michalowicz (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“If there will ever be a patron saint for entrepreneurs, Mike Michalowicz is surely a top contender for the position. He has personally been through every point of the entrepreneurial roller coaster, which gives him the credibility to speak to entrepreneurs in the kind of honest language they want to hear. Avoiding the airy, high-altitude maxims so common in other books, Clockwork is chock full of practical and relatable advice. It reminds entrepreneurs why they set out on the adventure and offers them a toolbox to take with them.” (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

Clockwork is a how-to-manual for helping a small business owner achieve the purpose of owning a business - time and financial freedom. Masterful job Mike!” (Gino Wickman, author of Traction and creator of EOS)    

"When your business runs like clockwork, you can finally go off the clock! In this fun book, Mike shows how you, too, can achieve the dream of an enterprise that thrives while you enjoy all life has to offer." (Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

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One of the better Audiobooks

This is one of the better Audible books I have listened to. Author read always makes for less dry listening. #Audible1.

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instantly Applicable !

this book provides actionable steps and a realistic thine frame for any forward thinking business leader/owner to make either your own company, or your department below you work without you. highly recommended, we will be implementing this in my office starting next week.

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Good Book, Probably even Better for Multi-Person Businesses

As a new owner for a multidisciplinary clinic, my only staff is my front desk women (who is lovely, by the way). This book describes steps to identify and address inefficiencies, and eventually step away from the sole-leader mentality. Great stuff, but a bit ahead of me. Will come back in a couple years to re-read. Profit first book was immediately useful, I’d start with that if you’re in similar shoes to me.

I’ve liked these enough that I will read Michalowicz’ other books over the next month or so.. seems to be time well spent for my young entrepreneurial brain. His humor also helps to add to how memorable and enjoyable the books are.

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A must for every entrepreneur

If you want to sell your business one day, you need to automate it ! A business that run without it's owner has more value for the buyer, because it's built on a efficient system. Clockwork shows you the work, but it is easy to say, not so easy to implement. But the rewards of your efforts mean you could go on 4 weeks vacation and still have a (growing!) business : the dream of many business owners.

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business owner? you need this

This book is a must-read for all entrepreneurs, set aside a day open your laptop make notes and use the website tools. can't wait to reread this.

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times ticking

solves the efficiency puzzle, take control of your business again! must read for visionaries and forward thinkers.

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 2018-09-26

Clock Work

My biggest takeaway from this book was I was creating more work for me by having my team come back and ask questions. I am making the transition to letting them know the outcome and then decide how to get their themselves. It has been a game changer for me. Hard but so worth it.

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-10-13

What we needed...BADLY!

November 1, 2019 this book will have served it’s purpose… I will be out of the office and on a vacation wherever I want to be for four weeks :-) thank you Michael

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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 2018-10-25

I really gained a lot from this book

This is a great book for anyone who is ready and willing to go to the next level in their business. I wish I had read it a long time ago.

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  • Pierre
  • 2018-10-30

Simple, Easy & Quick to Implement Tools

I found this book, simple, to the point and easy to implement the recommended ideas and tools, it has already made a significant impact on how I run my small business.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-22

I didn’t want to finish the last hour

If you want to hear the same things repeated over and over for 7 hours this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-13

A great approach

If you want to learn how to start letting your business run itself, check out this book. Some great strategies and approaches are explained.

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  • Jeff J
  • 2019-07-04

Thank you, Mike

I bought this book after reading (and fully implementing) one of Mike’s other books, Profit First, in my own business. That system has helped me to transform the way cash flows through my business and, after only about two months into implementation, is having a serious impact on our financial stability. That book gave me a path toward healthy cash flow and profitability. This one has shown me the path toward a business that works for me...in other words FREEDOM.

I found Clockwork to be equally helpful in regards to helping me to think through a transformation in the way work flows through our company. I JUST finished the book now, and have only partially implemented the Clockwork system, but am seriously excited about the future of my business and the potential for the freedom envisioned when I first started my company. This book has given me a path toward a business that runs like Clockwork, and that frees me to live the life I choose to live.

If that sounds exciting to you too, I enthusiastically recommend that you read this book as well.

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  • Luke Nieuwland
  • 2020-02-24

Michalowicz Delivers!!

love this book and loved profit first. Mike makes some mundane "business talk" interesting and exciting. looking forward to his next book.

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  • CharlieSeymourJr
  • 2020-02-07

Mike does it again with a very entertaining book

This guy is good! And his audio books, where he adds more since he finished writing, are helpful and entertaining. He's the entrepreneur's best friend for profit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-07

very good ideas

I found the book to have very good and easy ideas to implement. easy to listen too.