Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself

by Mike Michalowicz


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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 bestsellers, 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, one hundred, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525534013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 154,526
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Why Your Business is (STILL) Stuck 1

Chapter 2 Step One: Analyze Your Company's Time 20

Chapter 3 Step Two: Declare Your Company's Queen Bee Role 56

Chapter 4 Step Three: Protect And Serve The QBR 71

Chapter 5 Step Four: Capture Systems 101

Chapter 6 Step Five: Balance The Team 121

Chapter 7 Step Six: Know Who You're Serving 152

Chapter 8 Step Seven: Keep An Eye On Your Business 170

Chapter 9 Pushback (And What To Do About It) 204

Chapter 10 The Four-Week Vacation 217

Closing 237

Acknowledgments 241

Glossary of Key Terms 243

Author's Note 246

Index 247

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