- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (August 21, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780525534013
- ISBN-13: 978-0525534013
- ASIN: 0525534016
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself Hardcover – August 21, 2018
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Praise for Clockwork
“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
"Clockwork teaches you to own your business rather than run your business. It will give you more free time, more automated cash and more freedoms to be yourself. I'm grateful for this easy to implement system."
- Donald Miller, author of Building a StoryBrand
"Does it feel like your business owns you rather than you owning your business? This is the book that will help you build a business that works for you -- rather than the other way round!"
– L. David Marquet, Captain, US Navy (retired), author of Turn the Ship Around!
"Are you drowning in work? Many — if not most — entrepreneurs are barely keeping their heads above the rising tide of tasks demanding their attention. What if you could design your business so that you could climb above the grind and focus on just the work you really want to do? In Mike Michalowicz’s newest book, he sets out a seven-point plan for doing just that. Read CLOCKWORK and take the first step towards taking back your life.”
- Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
About the Author
Mike Michalowicz (mi-CAL-low-wits) launched and sold two mulitmillion-dollar companies and is co-founder of Profit First Professionals, a membership organization of accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches who teach the Profit First method. He is the host of the American Express Turning Points podcast, a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal, is a popular speaker and has shared his insights on business and entrepreneurship at TEDx, creativeLIVE, INCmty and others. He is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His columns have appeared in The Entrepreneur Magazine, Open Forum, and Harvard Business Review.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-8 of 164 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
In spite of flippant comments throughout that say, "Oh, if you're a solopreneur, this works for you, too," it's not true. It all boils down to hiring other people and then delegating to them.
I can't help but wonder about all of the high reviews because not only are the ideas not new (some even directly lifted from others like Jim Collins), the writing style is so flippant ("Come closer to the book, no closer, SLAM! now I've slapped you with my leather glove") and sometimes even offensive (joke about suicide I found in poor taste), but it's so much longer than it needs to be. Surely this could have been a pamphlet.
I am not someone who knows him or was given a copy of this book. I paid for it with my own money and I wish I had it back. I liked his Profit First book and used it. It had a similar writing style, but I don't think it was as bad as this. The Pumpkin Plan book wasn't as good as Profit First, but this one is nowhere near the value the others are. Do not buy this expecting it to teach you how to do anything other than tell other people to do your work. If those other people don't exist, this book will be of no/very little use to you.
For nearly 10 years, I ran a business as a solopreneur. Partly, I never wanted employees. Partly, I thought that I was hot stuff and never wanted to turn over that "talent" to others. Then last year, I saw the author Mike Michalowicz deliver a presentation at the QuickBooks Connect conference last year, where he introduced the concept of the "Queen Bee" role. To be honest, it felt familiar, especially when he divulged the 4 D's -- A system of delegating everything in your business (even if that means delegating to yourself). It's a way of setting up systems that empowers everyone to be their best possible self.
That's when I realized that I was ready to grow with this kind of system in place. I realized that not having this system meant that I wasn't trusting my employees to do the right thing, with or without me (preferably without). That tied me to my business. I couldn't take a vacation, not really, because I was always worried that I'd have fires to put out. I thought that I was the only one that could get it done. I was wrong, and this book proved it to me.
FWIW (and some full disclosure), Mike has also been a friend/mentor/coach of mine since the launch of his other books, Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan. And this book really is the next step in the evolution of those for any business owner. Yes, I had an early copy of the book and concepts, so I've been able to test a few of them. There are still things I'm working on. The concepts, however familiar or not, are laid out beautifully in Clockwork and have taught me that it's even better when your team doesn't need you for every decision.
Over the past year, I had started feeling burned out as an entrepreneur. As a business owner, I am managing a team of 10 (or 11? or 12? how many team members do I have now?), and it was becoming unwieldy. I'd already taken the step of hiring an operations manager, but as an entrepreneur I was still unsure of how to organize my business so that I can take days off or extended vacations. Enter "Clockwork!"
My favorite part of the book so far is that each chapter has an action step that Mike encourages you to take immediately. For example, in the first chapter, he encourages you to email him your commitment to taking action. I did so, and he actually wrote me back! In another chapter, he tells you to download free worksheets to use in a time-tracking exercise for one week. I am three days into tracking my time, and it's already giving me really great insight into how I spend my time on my business. In another chapter, he gives you an exercise to do with your team. My staff members and I met on Zoom, and together we did the post-it note exercise. We all agreed that it was incredibly insightful, and we are all 100% committed to protecting and nurturing the new "Queen Bee Role" of our business. Getting my staff on board with this Clockwork plan has been a completely unexpected bonus of implementing this book.
Tip: give yourself permission to read one chapter at a time and absorb it and follow through, before moving on to the next. I'm reading about 2 chapters per week about this pace, and I'm gaining so much from the process.