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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Stories hide the point the author makes

the stories do not support the point the author makes. very frustrating trying to find the takeaways. My time is valuable and you wasted it.

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Must read, Especially if Your looking for systems

This book was absolutely amazing, some things are unorthodox if you will, but it's so worth it I look forward to seeing the results from implementing the systems of clockwork. having a real vacation and not having to make calls into your business or worry about things going wrong or right It's just an amazing feeling in itself.

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Good for Intrapreneurs Too

I am an entrepreneurial spirit working in a corporate role and looking for ways to to move “my” company forward too. These lessons and strategies are helpful in creating the mindset shift which could be applied to a department or an individual role to some extent as well.

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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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  • 08-09-19

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
  • 04-24-19

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
  • 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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  • jake
  • 02-25-21

So Good

This is the “Holy Grail” of Business ownership explained in an achievable and step by step way.

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  • Aline Saadeh
  • 01-20-21

Thank you Mike!

One of the books that should be taught at school! There is an entrepreneur in each one of us that needs to be led towards bringing out his best, and enlightened on how to bring out the best of the people around him. And this is exactly what this book is about; full details about how to grow and your company. I heard it once without taking notes, and will hear it once again to do so. Very nicely read, the voice is very smooth and friendly and the explanation of each point simplifies the goals and tasks that I will surely be following to enhance the quality of my life and the one of people around me! Will keep you posted dear Mike! All the way from Lebanon.. wonderful job..

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  • Steve WILKES
  • 01-17-21

Fantastic

This book will be truly life changing for my family. Can’t wait to get started. Practical steps and real inspiration.

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  • james
  • 11-25-20

very good for ideas and growth

Great listen enjoyed the stories and passion the book brings with it. Good follow on from Hos other books

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  • Ady
  • 08-14-20

Process Improvements!

Good book! If you have experience in lean/kaizen/process improvements and worked in project management you may already have good systems in the way of working/running a business. If not then this book will open your mind to systems of improvements.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Easy to follow and implement...

This is the 3rd of Mike's books that I have read and implemented. The easy to follow guidance has, once again pushed my business to the next level and my lifestyle is shifting one again.

I would thoroughly recommend all business owners read and follow the principles Mike provides.

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  • B J.
  • 07-19-20

The kick up the ass i needed

This book came to me at the right time

My wife days before had imposed a 4 week vacation for next year
All I thought was, how would I do it?

Now I’m already planning towards it.

Thanks Mike

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  • Elizabeth Stennett
  • 07-10-19

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
  • 03-24-19

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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Stuart
  • 05-04-21

Solid, sensible advice.

If you run a business, then worth a read. Also very easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-21

A great book about optimisimng you business

This is a must have for every business owner who wants to fire themself from the day to day of their business.

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  • David J. Jereb
  • 04-11-21

Best book for getting your business to work for you

Engaging, interesting, clear reasoning and clear strategies to get entrepreneurs out of the doing of their business and into the designing. This will be your bible.

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  • Stephen Grossman
  • 03-05-21

Awesome work Mike

Can’t believe I missed you in Perth. Especially at Miss Maud’s. Thanks for extending your concepts of profit first into management and delegation. Makes sense and easy to communicate to others. Cheers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-20

a valuable resource

a great book on the subject, but maybe not as good as Profit first, but that is a high bar.