Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Rivera.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a community where there was not much opportunity to say the least. I worked in the corporate world for a long while doin things in the legal field and began to freelance as a side hustle, as a single mom, I needed the extra income. As time went on, I was privileged to work with very notable individuals that opened doors for me in my niche. Slowly, I transitioned from doing freelance legal work to following my dream of creative workflow. In present day, all I do is creative work, I never planned on being a large company or to even have a team. I was trying to make ends meet, to make the salary I wanted and was capped at in my corporate role. I have cultivated relationships with some very powerful people and those relationships have allowed my business to grow into something that I never imagined. I am a first generation high school graduate, college graduate and business owner. As someone who was raised by my grandmother, who has a second grade education (she sacrificed education to enter the workforce and help her family financially, in second grade!), I wish I could say my grandmother was proud of my accomplishments and successes, but to be transparent, she cannot even comprehend them. All I ever wanted was for her to know that her sacrifices were not in vain and I feel I have showed her that.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth journey. There were many skeptics and even those who flat out denied that success was an option for someone like me, coming from and what I come from. I am content with that. I used the doubt and skepticism as fuel to drive me. There is great satisfaction in doing what people think I cannot even in doing what people hope I cannot. As a business owner, a female business owner, a minority business owner, we deal with a lot of crap. From sexism, to lowballing to flat our discrimination- even hate by other women. My advice would be to empower each other, help other women, help other minorities, tell your story. Let people know where you come from and what you offer. Be transparent. Do good work. Bust your ass. Everything falls into place. Compete with no one but yourself, truly. There is work out there, there is an opportunity and there really is enough for everyone.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with tina and company – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Tina & Company is a boutique creative agency. We offer branding, web design, graphic design, print design, brand ambassadors and social media consulting/strategy. We are known for our web design and branding packages. We are proud of being dreamers, movers, shakers; believing anyone can do anything if they just want it bad enough. Collectively, we are probably one of the most passionate firms you will ever work with. What sets us apart is that we only have one male on our team, yet most of our clients are men. We are hoping to work towards bringing more women leaders and business owners in the world. To nourish those dreams, get them some sunlight and watch them flourish.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
We read a lot, we stay on top of tech and startup news, but for the extra mph, we listen to girl boss radio. We have a network created by our clients and we all feed off each other.
- Websites start at $1000
- Branding starts at $3,000
- Graphic Design is $90/hour
- Personal /CLevel/Solopreneur Branding starts at $800
- Website: www.tinaandcompany.co
- Phone: 408-462-1763
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TINAANDCOMPANY/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TINAANDCOMPANY
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TINAANDCOMPANY