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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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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solid ideas and systems and great delivery.

well worth the time. get it. read it and implement it. for you businesses sake.

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A must read for small business owners

I listened to the audio version but will also be getting the book... I’m going to need to refer back to many of the points in this book.
If you’re a new small business owner... read this book
If you’ve been in business for years... read this book
Even if you feel like you’re crushing it... read this book

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Love it! Inspiring

This book is easy to listen to easy to understand. The real life stories are great way to relate to the book and the process. Would recommend this book to all small businesses.

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Easy to listen to & great steps to follow

Mike has a great voice & manner which makes it really easy to listen to and take in the great advice he provides. The steps he gives are well set out and broken down into small chunks. I'm listening to it again as I implement the steps now.

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Awesome

Must read and or listen to especially when working to and ultimately achieving the clockwork goal.

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LOVED this book!

A must read for any business owner. Very easy to listen to. So many great strategies to implement with really helpful templates to use if you need.
Highly recommend

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Most informative

Probably the most detailed book Ion how to avoid overwhelm and burnout in your business



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Excellent

Such an easy and enjoyable listen. Mike is a fantastic narrator and the content he delivers is simple to follow and easy to implement.
Highly recommended

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Inspiring and insightful

I’m pumped after listening to Mike run through Clockwork. So many times I was nodding along thinking that’s so me, and I very much need to “get out of the weeds”. Thanks for helping me on my business journey. Aaron

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Another eye opener

I'm reading this through for the second time. Mike has opened my eyes more than once (first with Profit First, then with Pumpkin plan and Clockwork).

If you work solo or with a small team, this book will give you solid concepts to move out of the day to day grind. I was itching to put the ideas into place on my first read through, but waited until I'd read the whole thing, then went straight back to the beginning and started following the steps. The first exercise alone (your company's time analysis) is worth it's weight in gold. There are so many tips and ideas that there's bound to be at least one (likely more) that will help any business improve in some way.

Mike's books are fun to listen to as well - enough humour and and a smidge of ad-lib to keep you engaged and chuckling throughout. Personally I've found that not many good authors can do the narration as well as the writing, but Mike's nailing both.

Thanks again Mike, always a fan!

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 26-09-2018

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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  • Pierre
  • 30-10-2018

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
  • 22-09-2018

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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  • Demetri Chambers
  • 25-10-2018

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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  • Andrew
  • 13-10-2018

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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  • Michael Kimble
  • 25-06-2019

This Book Blew My Mind!

First of all, let me start by saying how awesome Mike Michalowicz is. Not just because we share the same name, but because he is actually dedicated to eradicating entrepreneurial poverty. The things he talks about in this book are far beyond what I've known in the past. This book makes you hone in on what is the most important thing that needs to happen for your business to operate, and make that thing run like clockwork. Without YOU! Sharing the things he does in this book truly shows how much he cares about his mission to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. I've listened to every one of his books, more than once. Fantastic author, and storyteller. Keep up the good work Mike!

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  • Alex
  • 21-06-2019

Great book to design your business

Actionable and entertaining. Would recommend to any entrepreneur looking to work on their business and not in their business. I highly recommend the pumpkin patch as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-2019

Very informative and inspiring.

I really enjoy listening to Mike. He is very informative. I want my business to run itself and he lays out the plan.

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  • LadyRiz
  • 07-06-2019

Captivating!!

No business book has ever caught my attention like this! Already putting what I've learned into action, and excited with the results!!

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  • Tim Havens
  • 01-06-2019

Another great book by Mike's Team...but

Mike has a great way of systemizing financial concepts for the modern entrepreneur, or anyone looking for more control of their financial future! I enjoyed his divergences from script on other books to help create a connection to the books teachings, but this after listening to this book several times, I still have a hard time focusing on his direction with the overload of examples.

That said, I still have and will continue to recommend this book as a great way to build on each of the previous books with a systemized 80/20 approach to creating focus in your business...and if wanted, a exit plan to retire from the day to day grind.

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  • J Rose
  • 26-04-2019

Great book well written

Really enjoy the enthusiasm of the author on the topic of small business and finance. He is good at stratergy and I feel I've taken some helpful points from both of his books I've read so far. He is very easy to listen to so got through the book fairly quickly. We are starting to implement clockwork now and hopefully remove myself from the queen bee role and bring on staff to cover core business processes. Thank you Mike!

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  • James Boyd
  • 24-04-2019

Excellent and useful

Really like the concept behind this book and look forward to using the techniques included. Highly recommend

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  • Darren
  • 21-04-2019

So simple

I love listening to Mike he makes everything sound so simple. Once put into practice everything falls into place.

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  • Sarah MB
  • 14-04-2019

Great book for entrepreneurs

Some great advice for entrepreneurs stuck in the trapping of doing everything. I just need to decided on the 4 week vacation location and get cracking. Would highly recommend

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  • Martin Adams
  • 15-03-2019

Very practical

I’ve been running my own business as a freelance developer and work in house now with another team. This book has taught me why I’ve been unable to help others do the work without considerable effort to oversee it. If your building a small business or want your team to perform better, give this book a go.

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  • Timothy
  • 10-03-2019

very good book with salient advice

this is a great book with actual processes to free up your time in your business and have it run itself. obviously, I've not out these to the test yet, but they all seem to make sense and seem realistic (unlike some books I've read).

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  • nicholas j rowland
  • 03-03-2019

An Essential Guide To Freedom

I've never felt the need to read a book more than once, but Clockwork was so inspiring, I simply had to read it again. I'm already planning to take a month's vacation, as suggested in the book..everyone needs a goal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2018

Another great business book

Really enjoyed Clockwork, I think the 4 week holiday maybe a bit of a pipedream at the moment, but I will definitely implement a lot of the strategies mentioned in the book. Mike is a great resource for entrepreneurs, and he comes across as if he does personally care about how well your business, and by extention your life, is doing.

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  • Ms. Emily J. Burnell
  • 14-11-2018

Runs like....

... Clockwork. Loads of good inspirational ideas for making your business perform efficiently. Off to implement the suggestions. Highly recommended.

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  • Stephen Nelson
  • 07-11-2018

As good as Mike M's previous work, if not better.

Lots of actionable content with his customary great humour and style. I've read all his books and the represent a great library of information for any budding or active entrepreneur.