With a track record to prove it, I've been an entrepreneur at heart since day one. Growing up, I always had a job for after school and during the Summer - but I also spent my free time selling my crafts. Whether it was hair bows, jewelry, or clothing, I was always trying to grow myself as an entrepreneur. I knew I wanted to run my own business, but I didn't know what it was that I wanted to offer. I knew I loved graphic design, but didn't know how I'd be able to turn it into a business.
After graduating high school and having our first child, I fell into a great position as an administrative assistant to a realty team (who are still like family to me to this day). It offered so much growth potential and it was just what I needed as a new, young mom, but I was still working my graphic design side-hustle on the side, hoping it would turn into more. I eventually moved up the ranks in my corporate position, and after having our second child two years later, I went back to work when he was only two weeks old. That was when I decided to re-evaluate.
We uprooted our lives to Florida, where I decided to be a stay-at-home mom to our two children. My husband was going to school to fulfill his dream of being a motorcycle technician while working full-time, and we struggled. Hoping to reach my dream of building a successful business and being able to help my husband, I started an online boutique. The launch was great and I had so many loyal customers.
I was running an online community for other boutique owners as well, called The Boutique Owners Column. It was there that I met my first graphic design clients. After seeing the branding I had made for my own boutique, they asked me if I was available to create theirs as well.
And that is how Michaela Letendre Designs started.
After just nine months, my small graphic design firm had brought in five-figures. I knew it was time to make it my full-time priority, so I decided at just 21 to sell my first business.
By the age of 21, I had grown two profitable businesses, even selling one of them. After being asked several times to offer a coaching program for other women looking to grow their businesses, I finally decided it was time.