Meet The Maker - Michelle Houde of Made in Happy
Happy Monday! You know what that means - another Meet The Maker blog post! Today's feature is an incredibly talented lady from Quebec who makes greeting cards in both French and English. Some are quirky and funny, while others are just plain sweet.
We hope you'll enjoy getting to know Michelle Houde just as much as we did.
What inspired you to start your own business?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved receiving greeting cards! The time that someone takes to pick out a card just for you with a handwritten message on the inside never fails to warm my heart. As a kid, I could never pass up an opportunity to make a card for someone; any excuse to draw and create is a good one, am I right? As an adult, having pursued other paths, when people asked me what I did for a living I would answer them and then add: “…But if I could, I’d be making greeting cards instead.” In 2012, I finally took the leap, combined my love of drawing and greeting cards and started Made in Happy. (Full disclosure: I thought that working from home in my PJs all day would be the dream - but it’s not! In fact, it’s kind of depressing. So the PJs phase only lasted for so long before I started getting dressed.)
What are some of the challenges you face as an entrepreneur?
As a small business owner there is definitely a learning curve. You have to wear so many different hats all at once. Basically, you feel like you never quite know what you’re doing most of the time. Ha! I’m not gonna lie, while it’s awesome to work from home and be your own boss, it can get a bit lonely. It’s also easy to lose track of time and I often have to remind myself to stop working. Patience must become one of your better assets, as success does not come overnight and expansion takes time.
What advice would you give to others looking to become makers or creators?
At the risk of sounding like a bunch of Pinterest quotes, be kind to yourself and others…the world is a small place and you never know when you might need a helping hand. Although it’s tempting, DO NOT compare yourself to others. More importantly, don’t forget your progress and achievements and just how far you’ve come. Don’t give up. Success doesn’t come overnight and there is certainly no secret or magic formula (unless Oprah buys one of your products then you’ve got it made and this becomes a whole other conversation!). Finally, remember to enjoy the adventure of owning a (your) small business. :)