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Meet Maria and Naraly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria and Naraly.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We are Best Friends some would say more like soulmates, we are girl moms, and both born in October. It’s crazy how alike we can be from finishing each other’s sentences to knowing what each of us are thinking without saying a word. Backstory on how this life-changing friendship started. About six years ago we met at a shoe retail store and instantly clicked ever since then we have been inseparable. We have been employed together three different times after that. We worked so well together working for someone else, the idea of owning a business together had been lingering for quite some time before we actually started.

2020 was the year we knew it was time to make a change in our lives as we were currently working a 9-5 not happy with our job. Realistically we weren’t going to be happy at any 9-5 job since our goal was to have more freedom with our schedule. It was now or never to start, we started off with coming up with a name for ourselves, we had one of our spouses design our logo for us and started our Instagram page. We used María’s baby shower to promote our business. This installation took over six hours to do, something that would only take us now 2 hours. We were the creative crafty friends of the group. We would always get compliments from our family and friends on the events we would have.

This made us realize our passion for event coordinating. Through our journey we met the founder Holly and Michelle of Creative Babe Market, they asked us to collaborate for their market. We were so excited as this was our first major event which we thought would be great for exposure. It sure did pay off! We now design all photo ops for their market events. Thanks to the exposure this has opened many doors for us like Different Markets, Angels Stadium, Malls and influencers. They will forever hold a special place in our hearts and business. Never in a million years did we think we would be making an income with just balloons. We started our business with no knowledge whatsoever but we knew we could accomplish this journey together.

With a couple of Youtube videos, trial and error our balloon work started to become better. Fastrack to Spring 2021 our Business started to get a lot more attention and were booking 4-6 events per weekend! We couldn’t believe it. Our time was very limited because with not just owning a business and being full-time parents we still had our 9-5. Thanks to the two amazing men in our life, our spouses, they always jumped in to help us with no hesitation. Owning a business isn’t always easy but with the right team, anything is possible. Today we are now full-time business owners, we have learned to set boundaries within our business and learned to manage our time.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Our journey has been far from a smooth ride. We started this business with no knowledge and no money. We didn’t want to go into debt with loans trying to start something we didn’t know if it was going to be a success. So we worked our full-time job and would do installations as a side business, for a couple of months all money we made from ballooning would go straight into the business. For a few months, we weren’t making any profit. This wasn’t easy but we pushed it through because we knew this patch wouldn’t last forever. We started off with Amazon balloons, party city and Walmart. We would soon find out you definitely get what you pay for. We learned that with doing your research you can find the best products for your business and discover what type of clients we wanted to target. In the beginning, we had 1-3 clients per month which was very discouraging. Doubting if this was really going to succeed but within time, consistency and hard work it all paid off.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
We are M&N Events Co. OC Based serving IE, LA and surrounding areas we specialize in Organic Balloon Work and custom-built backdrops that are available to rent or purchase. When you hear balloons nowadays you know you are getting something grand. Something we really love about working with balloons is that they can really elevate any event. Balloons just make everything that much more fun. We love creating the perfect photo ops which can be used for any event or occasion. There’s a lot behind the scene people don’t realize. Adding a simple backdrop and different sizes of balloons can really elevate the look of them and color combinations are endless. Fun Fact: Sometimes certain colors are made with one color balloon going inside the other. When using high-quality balloons it’s amazing how long they will last. Something that sets us apart from others is that we do absolutely everything ourselves and we are self-taught from backdrops to custom signage even sometimes diving into florals just to help elevate the look of the installation we always accept any challenge that is thrown at us weirdly we seem to work best under pressure.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Our advice to someone who is trying to start in the event decor industry would be to be true to yourself and your work. Establish a unique style and relationships with people so they remember you. Consistency is key and never compare yourself to anyone. We will always shout out and support business in the same industry because there’s room for everyone! Always remember hard work pays off. They say it’s never a good idea to mix friendships with business but starting a business being Bestfriends was probably one of the best ideas we’ve had.

Our advice for someone who is starting a co-ownership business would be communication and trust is key. Always communicate with each other no matter how uncomfortable the conversations can be. Always speak your mind with respect to one another. Our relationship works the best because we communicate no matter how small or big the issue can be. We will speak our minds to each other and we take constructive criticism very well. We know that we each have our best interest at heart and we both just want to succeed but not one without the other.

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