Sashee Chandran // Tea Drops
1. What inspires you about your work?
I’ve envisioned owning a tea company since I was probably 7 or 8 years old (ever since my first afternoon tea experience). I never imagined that I could actually make a living by sharing my love of tea with the world through Tea Drops. The fact that I’m lucky enough to get up and do this every day inspires me.
2. What is your brand/product?
Tea Drops is a Downtown LA-based, award winning, woman & minority owned organic tea company, making innovative, bagless, dissolvable teas. Tea Drops are USDA organic, GMO free, gluten free, and free of artificial/natural flavors. Pressed into whimsical shapes such as hearts, stars, and flowers -- Tea Drops are eco-friendly by design and made in sunny California. Ditch the tea bag and rethink tea!
Find us on Amazon, Uncommon Goods, and over 1,000 specialty retailers such as Erewhon, Lassen’s and Wegman’s.
3. What's been the biggest surprise so far about your entrepreneurial journey?
A big surprise to me is the importance of managing your mental health as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint and so the balance of managing your energy and emotions consistently takes a lot of conscious effort. It’s also surprising how owning a business can feel like it alienates you from your friends and family because of the time commitment and energy it consumes -- but it’s really important to take breaks, recharge, and connect with the people you care about. It’s also important to ask for help when you need it. As cliche as it sounds, no man (or woman) is an island.
4. Why do you like being part being part of WomenMadeLA?
I might be a solo-founder but I always feel like I have an extended leadership team because of the community created by WomenMadeLA. Yes, we’re women and yes, we own companies -- but that’s only part of the story. Our collective is centered around empowering all of us to do and be the best we can be -- through knowledge sharing, encouragement, shared resources, and most importantly, having fun together! I’m SO grateful to have these awesome ladies around me.
Visit us at: myteadrop.com