Meet Carolina Arenas
We’d love to introduce Carolina Arenas, founder of Meraki Wayuu.
Briefly share how you became a freelancer.
I worked for over 10 years in the nonprofit world and after having my second child I decided it was best to be a stay at home mom. I always knew I wanted to have my own business but was never sure of what I wanted it to be. After much thought and a trip to Colombia to see my family , Meraki Wayuu was created. Linking my passion for social work with that of becoming an entrepreneur.
What has been your biggest win as a freelancer?
Sharing a culture and their customs with those that might have never encountered the wayuu artisans. Creating work opportunities while being able to build my own brand. The collaborations I have been able to complete and the people I have met.
What are some of the hurdles you’ve overcome as a freelancer in Houston? Do you think this hurdles are indicative to Houston or to the freelancer profession overall?
I think the hardest is trying to do all the work alone and learning trial and error in starting your own business. I think that is overall in the freelancer profession.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a freelancer?
Take the plunge and give it your all. Be authentic /be you. Ask for help, find a mentor if possible.
Let’s say I’m a client that’s looking to hire a freelancer that does what you do. Why should I hire you?
I like to think outside the box and create different avenues. I am bilingual, determined to succeed and experienced in my field.