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Clockwork

Design Your Business to Run Itself
Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 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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Great book for business.

Enjoyed the book, has a lot in it, got a lot of value from it. Probably worth reading a second time to see what I missed.

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Turned my business around

It gave me all the tools to successfully balance business wirh family life. Highly recommended.

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awesome book

Loved it...exactly how I want my business to run.
Narrator is easy to listen to and always captures your attention.

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<br />Loved it

This is a simple plan that if you are prepared to change will change your life and business

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Mike - I Loved your book!

I loved Clockwork! a different perspective on building a business that serves you! not the other way around!

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Wonderful, practical book

Loved the book and Mike’s style. New and existing business owners wanting to get out of the trap of being everything to your company should read this. Book includes practical steps that everyone can understand and more importantly DO. Reminded me of the reason I set my business up in the first place.

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  • Dan
  • Melbourne
  • 05-12-2018

Great listen for bogged down business owners

Easy to listen to, well structured and with clear action points. Exactly what I look for in this kind of audio and Mike delivers.

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Loved It!

Like all Mike’s books I loved it. This is a process I am going through in my business at the moment. His insight are helpful and his delivery always makes it easy to listen to. Thanks MIke.

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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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-2019

Your business demands you read this...

I’ve been working in strategy for several years now and the insights you have laid out in this book really demand powerful growth as a leader for the organization. And the best part, it’s super accessible.

Mike will not bury anyone with concepts or philosophy. It is practical and quickly implementable. This is one of the best gifts you can give to any business owner that realizes or is wrestling with being “the plug” in their organization.

Do them a favor and get them to read this book

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  • Derek
  • 20-03-2019

Time well spent

I’ve listened to all of Mike’s books and love them all (“Profit First” is a game changer) this one is no exception. Mike’s narration makes you feel like he’s mentoring only you. There are so many business authors out there that it’s easy to overlook one...do not overlook Mike Michalowicz.

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  • Manuel
  • 13-03-2019

A most read

I love this book since it gave me the tools to run my business with precision

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  • Amanda Cook
  • 12-03-2019

The Time Twin to Profit First

I started out readingProfit First and then was turned on to clockwork. The truth is after you’ve managed to create a profit and have enough money this book teaches you how to tame and manage your most important asset your time. Mike share systems to create a business that can grow bigger than you without investing every moment of your life. It’s a game changer!

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  • Gary Lawson
  • 08-03-2019

Stunningly Awesome - Business Blueplan on Steroids

Not only did I enjoy every second of this great book, including Mike's dry humour, the book mostly gaved me hope, hope that I will truly be able to make my dream come alive. I've started my business to eventually set me free, and Clock Work is the detailed and actionable blueplan on how I can get is done. I have never felt this alive after reading a book. Mike, this book, his team and everything he depicted in this book is very real and very practical.

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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.

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  • Drijen Shah
  • 03-11-2018

A fantastic follow up to Profit First

After reading and implementing Profit First, it was clear that Mike knows what he is talking about. It made a big difference to my mindset but also financially.

I listened to Clockwork within a week and already started seeing how it could be hugely beneficial to me and countless other small businesses.

He is one of the best narrators - easy to follow, funny but also very serious in terms of the message.

Looking forward to making my business run like clockwork!

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  • sosurko
  • 31-10-2018

another masterpiece

for the entrepreneur and small business person. it's a must.

worth a listen did it in 1 sitting

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  • mr r.
  • 18-10-2018

Solid logical processes.

Stirred up some fresh ideas and also provided a different perspective on the challenges faced in growing a business - and avoiding burn out. Rob. Little Man Coffee.

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  • Love Amazon
  • 05-10-2018

Must read / listen to


If you already read any of Mike’s other books you will know what to expect .... yet he still superseded my expectations.
Any entrepreneurs should read Clockwork. Books are now purchased for our team to read the book too. Excited to redesign our businesses to run as Clockwork. Thank you Mike. Hope to meet you one day