Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Patrick Keefe, Principal Owner of Keefe Consulting LLC., located in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My business is a consulting business centered in which I provide leadership, organizational and financial consulting services to businesses and individuals. I have clients all along the business life spectrum, from start-up to exit.

Tell us about yourself

Having my own business has been a desire for many years. I grew up in a family business and worked in and around large family-owned businesses for 35 years, but my heart was always with small businesses that are growing too fast or in need of help to get them to the next level. My motivation is helping and serving people who know what they want but may not know the way to get it.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

It would be difficult to name only one. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment has been helping three businesses implement an exit strategy and having the privilege of working with them to see it through to fruition - one sold to the next generation, one is selling to key employees, and one sold to a competitor.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest thing is the time commitment - it's not unexpected, but it is a challenge.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Begin planning - investigate the service or product you want to sell.
  2. Prepare for some lean months, even an overnight success takes time.
  3. If you've got a plan and you're prepared, don't wait... start it when you are able, not when you are ready.

Where can people find you and your business?


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