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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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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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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 yet he still superseded my expectations.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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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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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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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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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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Got the cogs whirring

This one made me think about how a run my business and what changes I should be making.

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Profound advice from worlds best business author

Profit first changed our lives, and has improved everything about our business.
I'm about 3 chapters in to Clockwork and have already committed to following this through as I'm wanting to work towards having a business that is self sustainable, and can thrive without me being present.

Having Mike read out his own book on Audible, in a natural, easy to understand manner makes it so easy to follow this advice.
I generally listen whilst in the car, but then re-listen when I'm back at my desk and can digest the information whilst actioning his recommended steps. I could sit here and listen to them all day - because if it improves my business like profit first did then why wouldn't you want to hear more!?

We're just picking a destination for our 4 week holiday next year and can't wait!

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another fantastic book by mike

Mike is the go to guy for small business owners, also highly recommend the pumpkin plan and profit first.

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Great book

Great book, thought it was easy read with very clear and exciting tips. Would recommend highly

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  • 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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  • Hunter T.
  • 16-10-18

Excellent content, exceptional delivery.

I have read virtually every popular book on the topic of scaling a business, but this book not only introduced me several new concepts, the delivery was really stellar as well. The most important concept I learned which immediately impacted my interactions with my team was the distinction between delegating and deciding. This is something I have not incorrectly for years. I previously did not give team members enough big picture context, so they frequently had to ask follow up questions because they didn’t grasp the big picture goal.

Additionally, the author is the narrator which always adds value, but the writing itself is very story-like. Breezes through it, but took tons of notes to refer back to later.

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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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  • Anonymous
  • 09-10-18

a business book that's practical and fun<br />

Mike writes practical business books that are useful and fun to read. Clockwork is no different and it's a great follow-up to less tactical books like the e-myth

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  • William
  • 08-10-18

Absolute read

This is the second book of Mikes that I have finished. I’m buying the Pumpkin Plan tonight. Profit First completely changed my company. We are profitable in our second year and I owe that to Mike. Now, I have a plan to make my business run without me. Four week vacation planned for Summer 2020. Mike Laos our the plan, now it’s up to me to implement.

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  • Arel Avellino
  • 06-10-18

Just what I needed

This book is on point. I read "profit first" so I knew Mike had a great writing style and great advice, but this one really tied things up and challenged me to see if I could take a month off and have my business not just survive but grow. Already making plans! Read this book if you are stressed out by your business because there are too many things to do.

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  • Jesse A.
  • 05-10-18

Great information!!

I was interested in learning how to make my business run by itself. So far I am excited to develop the concepts in this book and apply them in my business. This book has given me new ideas on how to create the detailed systems to make a business function and run well.

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  • Douglas Reeves
  • 05-10-18

The Entrepreneur's Bible

"Clockwork" is a relief from the 99% of business books that offer philosophy and advice without a hint of practical application. This is the real deal - practical advice from an entrepenrke who has made mistakes, learned from them, and is honest enough to share those lessons. Whether you are a first time entrepreneur in your dorm room or a serial entrepreneur (as I am), you will learn from Mike's candid experience and prescriptions. I own the book, the Kindle, and the audible.com edition, and I learn more from each reading and listening.

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  • Jeff Hayes
  • 05-10-18

A Fresh Perspective

I've been through all of the tired productivity hacks, books, and programs... and some are good. But after only the first few chapters of Clockwork, I'm looking at my business and myself as a business owner in a whole new way. The crucial areas of my operation are not being protected like they should be. Mike's Queen Bee Role theory is a real eye-opener. Can't wait to really dive in and then apply the methodology in the book. Also, I like that he provides a wealth of printed material that can be downloaded for free, so you really get the full package here.

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  • Gabriel
  • 04-10-18

Our Business is Succeeding!

Follow his instructions, do your homework, and you won’t regret it. Plus he’s hilarious! Highly recommended for any small business owner who is willing to do whatever it takes to have a successful business run without you always doing EVERYTHING. He knows what he’s talking about.