When she was just 14 years old, Diagét Miller started Diagét Design Studio after helping her mother make a few flyers for her business.
“My mom is who helped me realize that I could make money off of this,” she said.
“It’s profitable, but it’s a hobby of mine, and I’m really passionate about graphic arts.”
She began by accepting payment for her work, promoting it through her website, setting up a toll-free 800 number and business account, and now it has grown into a way to help buy things for her business along with paying for college.
Miller graduates later this month from Sprayberry, and anticipates attending either Kennesaw State University or Georgia State University and double majoring in business and biology. She dreams of becoming an anesthesiologist one day.
A majority of her clients have businesses in the metro Atlanta area, and she can help them with anything from business cards and banners to posters, logos or door hangers.
She designs each piece using her home computer and has them printed by a printing company.
One of her clients is Epiq Energy, a company that helps consumers profit from energy. The company is based in Dallas and serves residential customers in seven states and commercial customers in 17 states.
“I actually found Diaget through social media,” said owner Kevin Harris. “I never actually met her and have never met her to this day.”
Miller helps Harris’ business out with social media efforts, design and some printing.
“I was very surprised to hear that she was a high school student,” he said. “Everything she has done for us is very creative and professional.”
He appreciates that Miller sends over multiple proofs before sending them to print or production. “I’ve been very pleased with her work and have given her many referrals as well,” Harris said.
Miller’s passion for business and graphic design helped her earn a $1,000 scholarship from the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation.
She was named the Southern Champion Tray Young Entrepreneur Award recipient.
More than 500 students nationwide applied for the scholarship this year, and the organization was able to award 100 to young entrepreneurs like Miller throughout the country.