Episode 6: Starting a small business as a first generation immigrant

Small Business DNA Podcast

Alejandra Melo

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About the episode

Alejandra Melo owns and operates R&M Cleaning Service in Austin, Texas with her family. Alejandra and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico City in 2015 and launched the business two years later. Having been at the helm of several businesses in Mexico — including a restaurant and a recycling company — Alejandra was ready for the next evolution of her entrepreneurial journey in the States.

In this episode, Alejandra is joined by her daughter, Frida, who manages the business alongside her mom. The two talk about how they handle the challenges that come with running a successful service-based business that employs multiple contractors and how they managed serious issues that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss their family’s history of entrepreneurship and reflect on the process of building a thriving business from the ground up in a new country.

Find R&M Cleaning Service on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rymcleaningservice

Connect with Alejandra on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandra-melo-07227736