Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business consulting and services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kris Reynolds, CEO of Arrowhead Consulting, located in Tulsa, OK, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a management consulting company. Similar to personal trainers, who work with people on their arms, legs, and core to get in shape, we work with organizations on their People, Processes, and Technology. Because every public, private and nonprofit organization has one or more of these elements, we believe that our services transcend industries and can help organizations of all sizes.
Tell us about yourself
I've always been a serial entrepreneur, starting with my first lemonade stand as an 8-year-old. That endeavor, and the dozens that followed, are chronicled in my recently published book - "Lessons from the Lemonade Stand, a Recipe for Entrepreneurial Happiness." My main motivation to do what I do is my family (wife and three children) and Arrowhead's employees and customers. I truly enjoy giving both groups challenging work and assisting them along the way to achieving desired outcomes.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
At a high level, we've been in business (for nearly) 6 years, growing every year in revenue, employees (and office space to support our growth), all during a pandemic that saw hundreds of businesses having to close up shop. Individually, I was blessed with winning the Tulsa Chamber's Entrepreneurial Success Award this year, which came just days before my book was published.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The responsibility and concern you have with all your employees. When you work for yourself or someone else, you are making decisions that impact just your family. With the running of a growing company, those decisions' impacts affect the employees and their families.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- If variety is the spice of life, new business owners must expect a lot of heartburn.
- Good ideas are common. What's uncommon are people who'll work hard enough to bring them about.
- The only failure is a lesson you don't learn and grow from.
Where can people find you and your business?
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