Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanya Gonzalez.
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?
My name is Tanya, and I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. I never once thought I’d be a small business owner, but here I am, making it happen for almost exactly one year now. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always bring me different bracelets of stones and crystals and so I guess you could say that’s where my fascination stemmed from, but it wasn’t until recently that my love for earth treasures really blossomed and I felt the need to share it with the world.
As we all know, 2020 has been rough, and many of us were stuck at home. Buying and selling crystals online became my passion for sharing with everyone because not only are they beautiful, but they carry many different properties as well. For example, rose quartz for love, tigers eye for grounding and protection, orange calcite for happiness and energy and so forth. Connecting with my customers and meeting new people gave me such a new passion I never knew I had within myself and at the same time, they are learning to grow and manifest from what the earth gives us. It’s literal magic.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Just do it. That’s exactly what I told myself. “You wanna do something new? Jump right in and do it”. I had zero knowledge of anything business. All I knew was that I wanted to share with the world how I felt with crystals. Once I searched for vendors from around the world and obtained my seller’s permit, I jumped right in and made an Instagram business account. From there, I got over my fear of speaking on a public platform (IG live) and sold. It also helped that my best friend since the first grade was there by my side and still is doing lives with me. It’s like our mini-podcast of our incredibly dumb stories but at the same time showing our love of crystals and stones.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Bright Side of Vibes?
I sell ethically sourced crystals, minerals, and stones from around the world to bring you the brightest of vibes.
In the future, I would just love to see this small business of mine grow. It’s only been a year, and it seems as though each month it just keeps getting bigger and better. I remember starting out, I was sending maybe 24 packages a month. Now I’m up to about 200+ a month. I would love to connect with all people more and just see it take off. One day opening up a warehouse big enough to store all my inventory so I don’t have to use my second bedroom since I’m running out of space. Maybe opening a storefront? Not sure, but wherever it takes me, I’ll be happy with it.