Today we’d like to introduce you to Noreen & Tatyana.
Hi Noreen & Tatyana, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
We’re a mother-daughter team that wanted to build something that we could both be a part of while also being able to inspire and empower others to be proud of who they are NATURALLY, hence our name Naturally Me Tees! When we first started our business, the goal was to emphasize the importance of looking within one’s self and being able to embrace one’s natural beauty. Our merchandise is meant to encourage others to feel comfortable and confident with who they are. We started our business last year with our online store and our Instagram account, @naturallymetees. That same year we attended our first showcase event at Juneteenth which was an unforgettable and fun experience. Since then we have continued to grow and expand our business. We’ve been participating in more pop-up events to reach more people and get the chance to meet other amazing small business owners. At each event, we’ve managed to get more exposure and more support from our incredible family, our loyal customers and other creative local businesses, and it truly makes the journey all the more worthwhile!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
We can honestly say that it has not been a smooth road, but we believe challenges are expected to happen every now and then, it just depends on what you do next that defines you. Some of the struggles that we faced were mainly in the beginning with trying to get our website up and running, making sure our t-shirt designs were the way we wanted them, and trying to reach more people with our website. We’ve went through some ups and downs, but as we’ve continued to work more and more on our business, we’ve managed to come up with some very useful solutions. We had watched a lot of tutorial videos for getting our website set up the way we wanted. For our t-shirts, we practiced different techniques on scrap shirts until we were satisfied with the end result, safe to say we’re a couple of perfectionists. Trying to get more foot traffic on our website was difficult as well and that’s when we decided to start coming to the people so we could get our name out there more. The pop-up events that we’ve been a part of have helped us gain more customers and make some great connections along the way.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Noreen: I’m currently working in the medical field as a Medical Billing Operations Manager for a large physical therapy group. I’ve been in this field for over 30 years and have managed to work with some very talented doctors over the years. I’m most proud of my accomplishments in this field and being able to lend my expertise to different practices while also being able to help increase their revenue and help them grow their practices. N.M.Tees has been an amazing journey so far, and I’m so proud of that as well.
Tatyana: I’m currently attending classes at a local college where I’m studying to get my degree in Business Administration. I’ve also been working part – time in retail for four years now. I’ve gotten the chance to learn and grow there, but I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and run my own successful business, which is exactly what my mom and I are doing with Naturally Me Tees. I’m most proud of graduating high school with high academic honors, being able to maintain a 4.0 GPA in college as I approach my last couple of semesters, and being able to start a business with my mom.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
We believe success can be defined as someone that is content while being able to accomplish their goals in life and make an impact. When we think of success, a Michelle Obama quote comes to mind that states, “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” We believe these are inspirational words to live by because having money is good, but also being able to make a difference in someone’s life along the way is even better. This is why the message behind Naturally Me Tees is so important to us because it’s meant to inspire, empower, encourage, celebrate, honor, and help heal. We feel if we can accomplish what we set out to do with our business, that would be a true success!
- Prices range from $15 – $40
- Website: https://naturally-me-tees.myshopify.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naturallymetees/?hl=en
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