We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Munoz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business was always in my mind since I was in college. A full-time job was very time consuming and, in many cases, impacted time with my family. One day I decided to begin planning my own business. I combined my love for Art, event planning, and desire to eventually help others. Creating a yard sign requires understanding your customer and using your artistic talent to deliver not just a yard sign but a great experience.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I love art and I always wanted a job were I could express my self and use my skills and passion for graphic design. One of my biggest sense of accomplishment is when I sketch out an idea on a pice of paper and it turns into a beautiful yard sign that I know it’s going to make someone’s day more special. I first begin by knowing my customers needs and wants. I then use this information to personalize the yard sign. My customers trust my work and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the special event. I also enjoy knowing there are no limits to my imagination – the sky is the limit. I have been able to design yard signs to welcome a newborn, and a good bye sign for a young lady who lost the battle against cancer. I have been able to share the happy and the not so happy moments and this makes me feel part of their family. Getting to know my clients and establishing trust between client and service provider is what sets Special Moments Yard Sign different from other providers. We focus on a personalized customer’s experience. Owning my own business, has not been an easy road. I spent long days researching and learning all about this type of art and service. It was sleepless nights learning new computer software to design my material. Each challenge faced was more motivation to know I was my own boss. Today, my business keeps growing and I am grateful for having the opportunity to do a form of graphic design and to provide part time work to high school and college students. I am very happy to share my story. I hope this adventure is especially encouraging for women who wish to embark in an entrepreneurs world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Spending a week with my best friend would begin with breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast places “Snooze”. Amongst other things, breakfast would include pancakes and coffee and a nice long chat. We would continue with a bike ride around Herman Park and wend our day with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Saturday would be a visit to a nice taco place (Torchy’s tacos), to showcase our diversity. We would head over to nice walk on the beach and drive to Kemah for a late afternoon lunch and an afternoon watching people have fun. If our stomachs permit, we mind as well do the rapid boat ride (would think about this one). Sunday would be a breakfast, church visit and a nice dinner at my favorite restaurant (Xochi).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will be eternally grateful to my parents, for instilling in me the meaning of hard work to reach your goals. My parents with just a couple of years of elementary school completed were able to work hard and provide college education to my two sister and I. My mother was very good in math (even when she just completed second grade) and that enabled her to have her own business back in Mexico. She was very good keeping her small business accounting and what I do now reflects what I learned from her. On the other hand, my dad treated everyone with respect and was trustworthy. These skills enabled him to create long life friendships and helped me establish relationships using these same values. Following with my supporters, I have my daughter for her support, love, and her contributions with digital advertising. She is expert social media guru. Finally, to my right hand, my husband for helping with every installation, for providing advice, and for being my #1 supporter. Thank you, family, for your support. You are my motivation to be better every day.
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