Keeping our eye on … Laurel Donahoo
Published: December 13,2013
Madison native Laurel Donahoo says her career as a designer started as a hobby and way to make a little extra cash in college without having to wait tables.
The Mississippi State University communications major with the packs of hand-painted note cards has since grown into a small business CEO eager to grow her customer base from Biloxi to Booneville and all points in between.
Donahoo paints stationery and note cards, manages her Etsy online store, fills out special orders and keeps the creativity fresh- even designing items made from confetti.
“I needed a job that would let me unleash a little more of the creative energy I have inside of me,” Donahoo saying. “I also needed more flexibility as far as making my schedule. When you’ve got your own business and you’re your own boss, it’s a lot easier to make a life (and business) full of opportunities mesh well together without having set work hours as boundaries.”
Donahoo advises young professionals interested in starting their own small business to do their research. “Take a good look at what you’ll need to spend versus what you’ll be able to make,” she says. “It takes a lot of courage and sometimes a lot of uncertainty but I think a lot of prayer and hard work are the perfect building blocks for starting something new and successful. I really just try to enjoy life and thank God for the opportunities He’s given us!”
Donahoo also enjoys traveling, cooking, Pinterest, blogging, movies and spending time with her husband and dogs.
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