Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself before I throw myself into the the world of BLOGGING!
My name is Emma. I’m a mum of 4, wife to one, graphic designer and owner of Emages Design.
I started my venture as a business owner back in 2016, 4 wonderful years in business and I haven’t looked back. The start was a tad difficult working another job and coming home to design late at night but it only took 18 months of working the two to be able to leave and work entirely for myself.
Let’s go back to where it all started.
I have always loved to be creative, I grew up with an artsy mum and a dad who was a music teacher. School holidays consisted of lots of arts and crafts and I was always encouraged to be as creative as I could be. For my HSC I studied both 2 and 3 unit art coming in the top 10 percent of the state for one of my final artworks with it making it into a local art exhibition.
It stopped there. I would play around with water colour pencils here and there but life got busy having 4 kids along the way and I just didn’t have the time to be the creative I was earlier on in my life. Unfortunately life gets busy and we forget to do the things we love sometimes.
I spent years just working admin jobs just to help out with finances but I got bored with that so in 2014 I decided to study an Interactive Digital Media course which included Website Design, Graphic Design and Game Design. I did’t sign up thinking I’d start my own business, I was just wanting to get back into being creative again.
Unfortunately in 2015 my husband had a workplace accident where he injured his back quite significantly. He had always been the breadwinner, yes I had worked but his job was the main income and it was quite a shock to us when he couldn’t work.
I jumped in and started Emages Design. I had no guidance with the business, I spent hours googling, youtubing, joining every FACEBOOK group I could that could give me insight on how to start up my business. I joined in with online networking groups as face to face networking groups really scared me (I suffer from anxiety). It took time to build it all up but with consistency and using the resources that are available online I now have a successful graphic design business, Emages Design.
In 2019 I decided it was time to step out of the comfort of my own home and join a networking group, there are so many out there but the one I chose was one that suited my needs, a wonderful group of like minded ladies called MIBA. It was a networking group set up by two pretty awesome sisters over in England and has since gone global. Through attending these meetings I have been able to grow some confidence and make some amazing friends. They have a presenter at each meeting and then after you get to network with the other awesome ladies. I highly recommend getting to a meeting if you can, don’t leave it til later on in your business like I did because they are insightful, inspirational and you will make some pretty awesome friends too!
Another goal for 2019 was to enter local business awards. I took the plunge and entered and became a finalist in the Penrith Local Business Awards. It was uplifting and something I’m so glad to have done.
I’ve had difficulty trying to decide what my goals are for 2020 but my first one is to blog! I’m not a writer, at all, but I want to use my knowledge and experience of starting up a business to help others out to help you save time and run a successful business.
I look forward to many blogs ahead.