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Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and other perennial bestsellers, has written another instant classic: Clockwork.

He created the Clockwork system to immediately and permanently bring efficiency to organizations and businesses like yours. He created it so that you can finally work less and make more. He created it so that you can once and for all #HTCGSD Have The Company Get Sh*t Done!

  • “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

Profit First

Sales – Profit = Expenses

You are about to discover the profoundly simple yet shockingly effective accounting plug-in that will transform your business from a cash eating monster into a money making machine.

In Profit First, Mike Michalowicz explains why the GAAP accounting method is contrary to human nature, trapping entrepreneurs in the panic-driven cycle of operating check-to-check and reveals why this new method is the easiest and smartest way to ensure your business becomes wildly (and permanently) profitable from your very next deposit forward.

  • Profit First completely transformed how I handle business banking. I hadn’t even finished the book before immediately putting a four-account distribution system in place. As a result, Mike’s system moved me from break-even to profitable within a month.”

    – Jenny Blake, author of Pivot

  • Profit First is a brilliant smack-upside-the-head revelation for entrepreneurs. With fascinating stories and wit, Michalowicz shows how to remove your nose from the grindstone, climb out of the quicksand, and build a business that loves you back.”

    – Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate and How the World Sees You

  • “Entrepreneurs commonly confuse cash flow with profitability. Profit First makes the process so radically simple that you no longer have an excuse not to be profitable AND have cash flow!”

    – Greg Crabtree, author of Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits

  • Profit First may arguably be one of the greatest ‘hacks’ of all time. Apply the pay-yourself-first principle to your business and watch the profits roll in.”

    – Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup and Born For This

  • “Quit being a slave to your own business and start making some serious money. Follow Mike’s counter-intuitive advice and put profits first.”

    – Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up and The Rockefeller Habits

  • Profit First is a game-changer. I implemented the system into both of my businesses and increased profits by 21%. If you want to turn a profit and grow your business, you need this book.”

    – Michael Port, author of Steal the Show and Book Yourself Solid


To achieve the ultimate in entrepreneurial breakthrough success requires an uncanny ability to spot the next big wave of consumer demand — but how do you do that?

For most small business owners, the true cash cows seem to be reserved for lucky people who were in the right place at the right time. In his newest book, Surge, prolific small business author Mike Michalowicz shares the five-step process for identifying trends in your marketplace.

After reading his from-the-trenches stories and no-nonsense approach, you’ll realize you don’t need to wait for a lucky break. You can make it yourself.

  • Surge is a brilliant smack-upside-the-head revelation for entrepreneurs. Michalowicz shows how to remove your nose from the grindstone, climb out of the quicksand, and position your business to capture the surging customer demand that is swelling right in front of you.”

    – Sally Hogshead author of Fascinate and How the World Sees You

  • “The Surge system is so simple: Pick the cove (niche) to monitor, look for waves (market changes) and surf them for all they’re worth (offer a unique solution for the market change). With Mike’s uncanny skills in making the complex, easy, assures that Surge will be a mandatory read for decades to come.”

    – Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You

  • “Feel the SURGE! This isn’t another ‘how to grow your business’ book. Michalowicz shows you how to identify the patterns and ‘tells’ in any industry so that you can ride the wave of success.”

    — John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing

The Pumpkin Plan

Who would have ever thought, that the key to explosive entrepreneurial success was held by pumpkin farmers?

Just as almost every pumpkin farmer grows ordinary Halloween carving pumpkins, most entrepreneurs grow ordinary, unremarkable businesses. Yet by tweaking their approach in small ways, farmers can grow giant, prize-winning pumpkins that get all the attention and press coverage.

In The Pumpkin Plan, Mike Michalowicz reveals how applying the same few simple methods farmers use to grow colossal prize-winning pumpkins can lead entrepreneurs to grow colossally successful businesses.

  • “Hard-hitting advice aimed directly at the entrepreneur who is stuck being a wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific. Plenty of seeds worth planting.”

    – Seth Godin, Author of We Are All Weird

  • “Every page, every chapter, as I read this book, I asked myself, ‘Michael E. Gerber, how come YOU didn’t think of that?’ Just remarkable! Just absolutely a remarkable book. A Pumpkin! Who would have thought? Every one of you…entrepreneurs, business owners…read it! Do it now!”

    – Michael E. Gerber, Author of The E-Myth

  • “Another great read from Mike Michalowicz! Mike’s off-the-cuff sense of humor and business savvy ensure that The Pumpkin Plan is a book that entrepreneurs should read for years to come.”

    – Guy Kawaski, Author of Enchantment & Art of The Start

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

It is real. It is raw. It is entrepreneurship.

Never started a company before? Struggling with little or no cash? Have no experience, no baseline to judge your progress against? Thank God! You’ve got a shot at making this work.” So says Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, a business book that is so uniquely useful, so raw and entertaining, it reads like the brainchild of Steve Jobs and Chris Rock. Whether you’re just starting out or have been at this for years, Mike’s “get real” approach to business is a much needed swift kick in the pants.

International Editions

  • “Mike’s book might spark your interest, but the contents will truly transform your interest into entrepreneurial success.”

    – Pat Croce, Entrepreneur, Former owner of the 76ers and angel investor

  • “Fun read. Powerful advice. A must read for every new and old entrepreneur.”

    – Sarah Shaw, Entrepreneur

  • “Rock solid advice straight from the trenches. This book changes everything.”

    – Bill Bartmann, Self-Made Billionaire