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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Great book

This is a great tool for any business owner. This is a powerful formula to take your business to a new high.

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awesome

great job. loved this book and story was great. another great read and listen from Mike. I will be continuing to use these methods while building my company

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Prepare for launch

Great book. Felt exactly as described. How to let go of fear of missing out. How to empower employees with clear processes. I am working towards a 7 day interrupted vacation, without closing down my business. Would like more regarding mitigating risks.

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Good Nuggets of advice, but promoted his other books too much.

As I was listening it felt as if he was trying to sell his other books and it was if the info would have only taken have the time but it was just pumped full of filler.

Useful information for sure but disappointed in the overall delivery of the audio book.

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Clockwork is a great book that has taught me the importance of implementing systems to run my business

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  • Ms. Emily J. Burnell
  • 11-14-18

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
  • 11-07-18

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
  • 11-03-18

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
  • 10-31-18

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.
  • 10-18-18

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
  • 10-05-18

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

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  • Alec Sharples
  • 10-01-18

Essential reading ...

Another excellent book from Mike Michalowicz and essential reading for anyone wanting to improve their and their business performance.

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  • Steve Gargett
  • 09-13-18

The Best?

The author's style may polarise readers and listeners. Mike's style is engaging. The content is driving change within the management team in my company.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-18

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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  • Simon Kennerley
  • 09-09-18

Another great book from Mike

would like to take a 4 week holiday and this could be the system to do it . Great that it is read in his cheeky style - would recommend to any entrepreneur.

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  • Nick Lozanovski
  • 10-07-18

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
  • 10-02-18

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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  • Bachir El Khoury
  • 10-16-18

Excellent read/listen

Another great book by Mike Michalowicz. thoroughly enjoyed it and it covers some great tips on how to slowly move yourself out if the day to day business and remove the biggest bottleneck... which is often you!

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  • jack
  • 10-12-18

enjoyed it

enjoyed it, easy to listen to and have downloaded the accompanying documents. would recommend to business owners.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-18

Game Changer

This book is one of my all time Top 3. Up there with Sinek's Start with Why. Easy to follow structure. Simple but powerful concepts. So much good stuff. And entertaining! Mike is a classic and his sense of humour is fantastic.

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  • N. Keating
  • 09-21-18

I'm really enjoying this book!

Well structured and promotes meaningful and effective action to address the reason I'm reading the book - an aspiration to loosen my grip on my business!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-18

Mike is so helpful to my business

This is the third of Mike’s books I have listened to. And each one I can’t wait to read again! His style is so easy and clear. Plus packed full of actionable advice.

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  • artzy
  • 08-30-18

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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  • John F, Brisbane
  • 10-06-18

Dreadful

Wish I’d never bought this book
Just dreadful
Buy something else.
He has repeated himself lots and I can’t wade myself past chapter 4

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