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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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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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Wonderful book to continue your business

There were so many mistakes that I used to/still make in business. This book helped me point them out and also have taught me how to come out it. It has helped to make a game plan. Now my job is to only put it in action.

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  • Mz
  • 31-01-19

A 360° strategy to run a business like clockwork!

A book full of strategies, tactics, and most importantly stories of people or the author himself using the system.

I would say that this is a perfect complement to traction by Gino wickman and the e myth by Michael gerber.

Following this book can get you off your business and ensure that it runs without you being present in the business.

It's not too easy implement all the strategies,. I would say.

But as the author says in the last chapter at least start by defining your Queen bee role and adding one percent design time to your business.

There is a whole bunch of tools available at http://clockwork.life website that goes along with this book.

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  • Kristen Bowen
  • 26-09-18

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
  • 13-10-18

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
  • 25-10-18

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
  • 30-10-18

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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  • Joey Caster
  • 22-09-18

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
  • 13-07-19

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
  • 04-07-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-20

WoW

Clock Work has been an amazing take on how business should run and serve the owners.
I am a partner in our family based manufacturing business and heads often get shook at me when I improve a system or focus on improvements the whole time.

I believe this manner of compartmentalizing tasks and roles will give us the upper hand and allow me to focus on and employ the right people that will sell.

Thank you Mike, your knowledge is priceless.

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  • Hilary Santana
  • 20-05-20

he's funny and helpful

I am using this a great reset during COVID. I want the business to work for me.

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  • LMHL24
  • 25-04-20

Clockwork

aha, read it! the book and stay connected, enjoy!!! it's a good use of time

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  • Michal Dybowski
  • 09-08-19

As usually Mike hasn’t failed me.....

It’s actually the first time I’ve been off from running a business for 20 years and I went to work for someone else for the last year ... I just had to do! I was so tired that I couldn’t work anymore for myself. I felt drained, exhausted, I’ve just started to hate the amount of tasks I’ve been putting on myself trying to do absolutely everything .... but now with this book, I’m ready! To go back to living the dream I’ve always wanted. But this time I will design the business from the scratch, in the new country I’m currently in, with clockwork, step-by-step approach. I hope I will be able to share the story how it all will go ! :) Thanks Mike, love this book ... same as all the others ;)

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  • James Boyd
  • 24-04-19

Excellent and useful

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-18

A game changer for scaling a business

This is a great listen for any entrepreneur who wants to scale their business. You want at least 1 axtionable insight from every book and there are at least 10 real gems here. game changer.

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  • Mrspiky
  • 03-06-20

good book

good book for internet based businesses, but may not work for more labour intensive businesses like restaurants

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  • Adam P.
  • 13-05-20

The best book on business automation

I've read numerous books on delegation and automating outcomes, initially as a manager and now as a new business owner. With his clear and complete framework, Mike reframes some of my previous flawed thinking and has helped me build a system for my new business from day 1.

I've adapted some of the thinking to fit my circumstances, so don't expect it all to apply neatly to your business, but we'll worth the investment of my time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-20

Challenging!

Reminds you to hit the brakes and shows there is another way of doing what you know best.

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  • Anita
  • 09-03-20

Great advices and tips

This is the book for someone who is not or planning as yet not to be the solopreneur. It is very good book and for someone like myself planning to start my own business gives great view on where I want to be and plan the steps before getting trapped in hamster wheel. Great for already existing businesses. Every chapter worth the fortune!

Be prepared, sometimes expressions were exaggerated, more like in kids books.. :) But maybe that will be the reason for it to stick in my mind.
Thank you

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  • Darren Parker
  • 28-01-20

what an inspirational book

get read to help you find the key segments to your business model and the aim of a 4 week holiday made simple step by step AAA +++

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  • Conor Graham
  • 17-12-19

Brilliant Plan for My 4 Month Holiday Home

I already had my first trip home to New Zealand (now living in the UK) booked before starting the book but now I'm more confident than ever about my business surviving my absence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-19

love Mike Michalowitz

another great listen, lots to take away and implement. if you want to customize your business then it starts here.

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  • Elizabeth Stennett
  • 10-07-19

Brilliant book for business owners

As a small business owner life can be hard, you often feel alone in the fog that is the never-ending list of things to do. After reading profit first (another one of Mike's books) and implementing it into my business, I'm now able to focus on this next process which is designing a business that can work without me and my list of things to do. I love how Mike is real, he tells great stories and he is realistic on what an entrepreneur can achieve. I'm grateful for the free recourses that help make this book an actionable plan.

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  • Ruspans
  • 24-03-19

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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  • Nick Lozanovski
  • 07-10-18

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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  • Shane Black
  • 02-10-18

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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  • artzy
  • 30-08-18

Good book well presented

This was a good book delivered well . I think some of Mikes other books have been better but this is still worth the read/listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-20

Just what I needed

Clockwork made me analyse my business and really drill down into the runnings and how to change things so they run like clockwork:)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-20

Great tips and tricks

Easy to follow steps to implement for any business that needs help pulling out of the doing phase.

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  • David
  • 23-03-20

a MUST READ for entrepreneurs!

good advice with practical guidance. I'm still at the early stage of the company, hoping I can put more of this into good use soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-20

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Enjoyed the read. plenty of good information mixed with some good references. some really easy to do practical components to help entrepreneurs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-20

terrible

terrible, waste of time. zero meaningful content, just absoloute garbage stories. would not recomend