Welcome to our third interview of the new “Women-Owned Small Business Entrepreneur” series on Busy Bee. Today we are featuring Tiffany Muniz. Tiffany launched her small business this year by becoming an independent representative with Norwex. Her business is Cleaning Toxic Free with Tiffany.
Tiffany and I met as our daughters attend the same school. She is a busy Mom of three young children who now as added a business to the mix. Get to know Tiffany and more about her business in the below interview!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a former elementary school teacher and current stay at home mom of 3 incredible kids ages 5, 3, and 11 months. I’m also a part time Instructional Coach mentoring teachers in their classrooms. Since having kids I have done my best to reduce the amount of toxins in our daily lives. One of the main ways that I have done this is by using the most natural cleaning products on the market. And then I found Norwex! I am passionate about keeping our environment healthy for generations to come.
What does your business do?
I am a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. Our mission is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. Norwex cleaning products are made of high quality microfiber that remove up to 99% of bacteria with only water. It makes my heart so happy to help families make their homes cleaner, safer places! Not to mention how much easier it is to clean with Norwex and saving money while doing it!
Who is your target audience or market?
One of the greatest aspects of Norwex is that it is for everyone! From moms and dads to teachers and business owners… everyone deserves an easier, safer, solution to conventional, toxic cleaning products.
What year did you start your business?
Where is your business located? Do you have a dedicated workspace?
I run my business from home in between preschool drop off and pick up, naps, meals, errands, ballet class, and all of the million other things that a busy mom has to accomplish each day.
What would you say your biggest success has been? What was the key action that led to this success?
Honestly, my biggest success is being a part of a company that is truly making a global impact on our health and environment. I love being a small part of the Norwex Movement! The mission of the company directly aligns with my personal mission in life. Being a Norwex Consultant just allows me to make a greater overall impact.
What would you say your biggest failure has been?
Working from home while raising a family has definitely had its challenges. The greatest challenge for me so far has been remembering to be present during the day while my children are around. It is really difficult to close my computer/turn off my phone and put work aside. I want to be available to answer questions and support my customers, but when I’m not present with my children, they know it and show me in the most unpleasant ways.
What did you learn from this failure and how have you changed things to prevent this from happening again?
I have learned that my children need to come first. As work items come up, I add them to my to-do list, so that I don’t forget, and get to it as soon as I have a free moment. This type of work can wait (and it’s much more patient than a 3 year old!).
Was there ever a point where you wanted to give up? If so, why?
Definitely! There have been several times along the way where I have felt that I have taken on too much and that I should give up, but then I get a text from a happy customer about how these products have changed their daily life and I know I made the right choice.
What do you love MOST about being an entrepreneur?
I love that I get to share my passions with others, meet new people, and reconnect with people who I haven’t talked to in years. I also love that I get to use my mind in a new way, learn, and challenge myself on a daily basis. I’m at a point in time where being a mom can be all consuming and it is really easy to lose yourself as a person. This business has allowed me to find myself again, while still being able to be home with my babies every step of the way. It’s a total win-win!
What do you love LEAST about being an entrepreneur?
I do not like the extra stress that has been added to my life by trying to run my own business while also raising a family. I’m also not a big fan of the fact that every free moment that I get (which is already seldom as it is) is now filled with work, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
How have you funded your business? How long has it taken you to see a profit?
Norwex is very supportive of their consultants and makes it really easy to start up. I did have to initially fund getting myself started, but I have seen an immediate profit by reaching my sales goals.
Did you always see yourself owning a business? If so, is this the business that you thought you would be owning? If not, what did you think you’d be doing?
Never in a million years did I think I would be running my own business! Especially in sales! I just fell in love with the products and mission and couldn’t NOT join the movement.
Where do you see your business in the next 3 to 5 years?
Expanding. Possibly even running my own team?! Only time will tell.
What advice would you give to other women that are interested in starting their own business?
Never say never! If you find something that speaks to your heart then go for it!
What is one program, tool or app that you can’t live without for your business? (If you have more than one, please feel free to share more!)
Facebook. I run most of my Norwex parties, join team meetings, and share information via Facebook. It’s an essential tool for my business to be successful.
What does your day to day in your business look like?
I spend most of my time posting information for customers to learn more about Norwex products, creating video demonstrations, answering questions, and helping customers figure out which products best meet their needs.
(photo courtesy of Tiffany Muniz)
As a business owner it can often be hard to find time for ourselves. What are your favorite hobbies and what do you like to do when you are not working?
I love family outings. Even if that just means a walk on the bay trail. Spending time with my husband and kids is what makes my heart the most happy. I also make sure to take an hour for myself here and there by taking Barre3 classes. It’s a great way to recharge my body and my mind!
(photo courtesy of Whitney Cooley Photography)
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you or your business?
Please let me know if you would like to learn more about Norwex! I would be happy to add you to my Facebook VIP group where I share information, specials, tips and tricks, and offer sales and giveaways.
Thank you Tiffany for sharing your story and inspiring other women to become entrepreneurs! You can find out more about Cleaning Toxic Free with Tiffany, learn more about Norwex, and also place an order on her website.
Are you a small business owner? Do you have a story to share? Help others discover, learn, and support your business too! Contact Katie at: kate (at) busybeekate.com for details or through our contact page.
Be sure to stop back next week for another interview and don’t forget to check out our past interviews here.