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Community Highlights: Meet Liliana Rey of Analee & K LLC.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liliana Rey.

Hi Liliana, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a single mother of four beautiful daughters. I was married for over 19 years when I got divorced. When the divorce happened, I was unemployed, with no job, and living in my sister-in-law’s house. All of a sudden, I was on the streets, not literally, I was able to move us in with one of my sisters, but with no job, car, or house, I needed to make a living fast. One of my brothers was starting a business and wanted someone to manage the office, and he asked me. The pay was not great, but it was something. While working there, I started looking for other ways to make more money. I had worked for a credit card processing company for over ten years in my teens, and that is what my focus was on. While searching, I kept seeing the word “POD,” print-on-demand, over and over, and it got my attention. I keep watching YouTube videos on it. The most popular videos were making designs and putting them on a t-shirt that you could later sell online. I like that idea best because it shows that you could sell the shirts and make some money with little to no money( I had no money). I started watching videos to learn how to do it. If there is one thing I know of myself, I am not a designer. But I was determined to learn, and that I did. That is how started.

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?
It has not been a smooth road. I had to pause the learning while returning to work to make money when the business didn’t pick up as quickly as the bills. I had to learn first how to do a website. That was an adventure. One video said to do this, and another said don’t do this. Then I had to learn how to find a program that would be easy for me to learn how to design. And then, what platform would I be able to upload those designs to—all of this with little money, little time, and the pain of divorce. The days were dark. My first designs were just words on a t-shirt, then I added graphics to them. I am still learning, and I am in no way done learning.

As you know, we’re big fans of Analee & K LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
I registered this business back when I was married in 2013. I didn’t start the business until 2018 when I wanted to find different ways to complement the income coming from my job. One part of the business is all about the administration of a business. It deals with getting your business set up, from registering your business with the Arizona Corporate Commission to building a website, setting up a page on Facebook, and creating content for apps like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. The other part I love is designing fashion, focusing on t-shirts with funny sayings for Latina women. I believe that we all want a way to express to others how we feel, but sometimes we are not able or willing to say it, so we let our clothes speak for us. In our case, a t-shirt says it for us. It is how Analeeandkfashion came about.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
The inspiration for my first t-shirt came from one of my nieces saying on Facebook. Sometimes she says things you don’t know if you want to laugh or cry about. She says whatever is on her mind, no filter at all. This time she put it out on Facebook, and I was at home looking for inspiration, and I saw her post, and it made me laugh that my eyes were watering. I thought to myself. Somebody else will find this funny too.

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