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How would it feel to take a real vacation, maternity leave, or leave of absence from your business — and still have it thrive without you? No “checking in” on your laptop. No responding to emails. No stress. You can have this freedom when you learn to improve operational efficiency in your business! And the Run Like Clockwork program helps you do just that. Here’s my honest review!
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Most entrepreneurs start their own business for the freedom they think it will give them.
While this does bring you freedom in some sense — you’re the boss and you get to call all the shots — too many business owners find themselves hustling for their business 24/7/365.
And while they may have authority, too often they don’t have true freedom in how they spend their time.
This intense demand on your time can be especially difficult for women entrepreneurs.
Female business owners delay starting families (sometimes until it’s too late). If they do have children, maternity leave for small business owners is often considered impossible — so they take little, if any maternity leave.
They don’t have the time to take care of sick loved ones, or aging parents — and forget about any real self-care! All of this driving and overwork leads to burnout and all sorts of ill effects on your physical, mental and spiritual health.
According to the Harvard Business Review, women in the US continue to make 78% of the male wage. These days, only a small portion of this wage gap is attributed directly to discrimination (getting paid less for doing the same job or being denied access to jobs, education, or capital based on gender).
The biggest contributor to this wage gap for women is due to child-bearing/child-rearing, and more specifically the lack of support for working mothers — in the workplace and in our society at large (which could certainly be considered a form of discrimination).
In other words: the fact that women can’t take the time off they need to care for their families has a direct negative impact on their ability to earn money, support themselves, or share their gifts with the world through their businesses.
Does this make you a little mad? Or maybe a lot? It frustrates the hell out of me.
So let’s do something about it! Let’s build our own businesses and our own circles of influence where women are supported — where mothers are supported and the feminine is honored.
There’s a way to do this — and starting might be easier than you think.
The key to a business that supports your life in a holistic way begins with working to improve operational efficiency.
I get it: “operational efficiency” is not a particularly sexy phrase — it sounds like something you’d say about an assembly line — but what it makes room for is full, vibrant, exciting, and oh-so-amazing.
Very simply put, operational efficiency is about setting up systems and processes that allow you to create more revenue, and more growth, with less effort.
When you improve operational efficiency in your business, you’ll increase your revenue, which is of course a huge perk.
But today I also want to focus on the less effort part: how improving operational efficiency creates space in your business for that time freedom you’re craving.
And I feel like it’s important to say: this isn’t just about vacations — although you should absolutely be able to take real time off to rest, restore, and replenish your creative energy.
It’s about creating a business that’s also sane — meaning, it truly fits into your real, whole life.
That means you shouldn’t have to choose between having a needed surgery and running your business. You shouldn’t have to close down if your parent or child gets sick. Maternity leave for small business owners shouldn’t be something we scoff at.
Being an entrepreneur who cares for your physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing should be seen as normal … because it is.
Years ago I said GOODBYE to hustle culture and designed a business that supports my life — my family, my self-care, my health … everything that matters most.
My team and I were able to do this when we learned how to improve operational efficiency in the Run Like Clockwork Accelerator program.
If you’re wondering if dealing with your operational efficiency can really move the needle that much, or if the Run Like Clockwork Accelerator program can help you, try on these two questions:
If you’re a business owner (or have ever worked at any level of management, for that matter). this might sound like the stuff of fantasies, but I’m here to tell you that it can be your reality.
An actual maternity leave for small business owners? It’s not unreasonable, despite what you’ve been led to believe.
Time off to take care of aging parents? The ability to care for family should be built into your business model.
4-weeks-completely-unplugged wellness retreat in Costa Rica? Don’t forget to pack your favorite bikini!
If you don’t already have this kind of trust in and freedom from your business, the key to you getting there is to improve your operational efficiency — and the Run Like Clockwork program can get you there.
The Run Like Clockwork Accelerator is a year-long intensive program that works with you and your team to look at ALL your systems and processes and shows you how to delete hours of unnecessary stress and work.
The program provides:
It’s perfect for you IF:
Before I went through the Run Like Clockwork program, I had a high employee turnover rate, and a lot of resentment about how much I was personally doing in the business even though I was paying out a lot of money each month for others to take things off my plate!
What Run Like Clockwork did for me was teach me how to be a true leader and delegator. I learned how to hire more aligned team members, and, perhaps more importantly, how to onboard and train them in a way that ensured they truly understood our mission and values and felt equipped with all of the knowledge and tools they needed to do their jobs well.
Before Run Like Clockwork (BRLC?), the backend of our business was pretty-good-but-not-amazing, and now our organizational systems are a work of art! Every new employee we bring on raves about how they’ve never worked for a business as organized and systematized as ours. It has given me HOURS of my life back, and allows me to spend more of my time moving the business forward instead of stuck in the weeds.
Run Like Clockwork gave us so many tools and the framework that we use all the time to improve operational efficiency, from Decision Trees and Guard Rails to Time Tracking and prepping for vacations for the whole team.
And the proof is in the actual time off: I took a 3-week vacation this summer and it was absolutely seamless. The business didn’t just survive while I was away, it thrived, and this never would’ve been possible before we decided to improve operational efficiency with Run Like Clockwork.
I was curious how the Run Like Clockwork Accelerator has helped my team, so I asked my team for their feedback. Here’s some of what they love best:
Our IT and graphics guru Jayce noticed how well all the tools worked and applied both across the business and across the team. So everyone gets the benefit of having streamlined systems and a reliable vacation-planning process. She loved how the program helped each team member align with their zone of genius, and then tie that back to what we’re up to as a company.
And here’s an interesting thing that happens when you get your systems down: the business isn’t totally dependent on one person in order to function. If you’re a CEO, you’ve probably felt the intense pressure of I can’t leave the business for two days, let alone 4 weeks — it would implode without me. And I’ve known businesses that were equally as reliant on the COO or some other lone team member to keep things going. That’s a TON of weight on one person’s shoulders!
Now people can take time off, for whatever reason — and we have the systems in place to handle it.
Olivia, our operations assistant, is the newest member of our team. She was really blown away by the Run Like Clockwork program and the results she’s seen in the team.
There’s not only more streamlined processes in a company that’s worked to improve operational efficiency — there’s also an encouragement to practice self-awareness. That means owning tasks and speaking up when you need time off. It means open communication and not wasting time in unnecessary meetings.
The end result is a sense that everything each person is doing is relevant and important to the success of the company — and that’s a huge bonus to offer inside your company culture.
Our marketing and development lead, Rachel, recognizes that there’s power in sharing a common language as a team. It means we can get on the same page a lot faster.
And the out of office prep that RLC teaches makes it seamless for all of us to take time off, knowing that our tasks will be covered by the team — and that they have all the information needed to tackle them.
Our COO Indira knows how to appreciate a good system! As the person who oversees all of our campaigns and projects, she needs to have a communication system that works.
Run Like Clockwork’s IPO (Information, Permission, Outcome) framework ensures we’re giving team members everything they need to successfully complete their task.
The Time Tracking Technique is one of the things she loves most about RLC because you clearly can see how you’re spending your time and then decide if you want to Trash, Trim, Treasure, or Transfer.
And — she gives another thumbs-up to the template we have in place when people need to take time off.
Getting systems and processes and the right team members in place allows me and my entire team to work less, while continuing to grow the business. It’s what allows me to be present for my husband, children and myself, working in harmony with my feminine cycle and leaving space for things that fill me up outside of work.
Don’t get me wrong — my work fills me up, too! I love the people I serve and I love my business. But no matter how much passion you have for the work you do, if you don’t leave space for other things in your life, you will burn out. And how tragic is it when people allow themselves to get burned out and quit on their life’s purpose?
I don’t want you to burn out and give up on your dreams! I want you, and other strong women (and men) to rise up and say enough is enough to hustle culture. We can have financially rewarding businesses AND time for our families and enough time and energy to take care of our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
If your business backend is a hot mess — or even just a cool mess — now is the time to improve operational efficiency with Run Like Clockwork. It’s the single most important step you can take towards giving yourself the true freedom you deserve.
You’ll be AMAZED at all you get and what you can accomplish in just 30 days with the right guidance, personalized coaching from our lead coach Rachel, Q&A sessions with Team KK, and solid community support.
At the end of one month, you’ll have what you need to:
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Even though it’s kind of a jargon-y mouthful, improving operational efficiency has very real-life results. When your systems, processes, and communication are running as smoothly as possible, you’re actually getting more work done in less time, with less hassle. In addition, you can make more money when you improve operational efficiency, creating cushion, boosting profits, and growing your biz while you’re enjoying more time off.
I 100% recommend the Run Like Clockwork Accelerator program! It changed many things for Team KK, including letting me take an uninterrupted 3-week vacation this summer with ZERO worries.
Yes! With a program like Run Like Clockwork, you can learn how to plan ahead and create a process that can allow you (or a team member) to take the time off needed to be with a new baby. We often accept the myth that maternity leave for small business owners is out of reach — but with the right support, it can totally be done!
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