Erin Gleig is the owner of EMG Design, where she is a web designer and developer, based out of Delta, BC. We are excited to share Erin’s entrepreneurial story of success!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I was tired of being constantly pulled in several directions and feeling like I was sacrificing my family life in order to have a career. It made me miserable. I love calling my own shots, being responsible for my own successes or failures, and building something I can be proud of. I get to invest my time advancing my expertise in a manner that many employers might not have allowances for. I’m constantly learning and that keeps me motivated. It is by far the best job I’ve ever had.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The opportunity to meet incredible business people and listen to their experiences allows me to learn from them; what works, what doesn’t, it is a great opportunity. There are some really interesting businesses out there. The flexibility of setting my own schedule and still being fully involved in my daughter’s life is the best of both worlds, having a rewarding career and fulfilling family life.
Can you describe a typical day?
After getting my daughter to school I work in my home office either doing client work or projects to grow my business. It could be developing client websites, preparing my own marketing materials, or investing some time into learning something new in web development. I usually only leave my office for networking or client meetings. After I pick up my daughter from school I spend time with her. She’s a very busy girl with soccer, swimming and Girl Guides. I lead her Girl Guides group once a week. Once my daughter is asleep I’ll finish up some last items for work or just relax – finally!
Who do you count on for help? Do you have a network of family that answer the call?
My family is very supportive, particularly my husband. I have great friends that have always been there for me. I’m very grateful for my support network.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
Part of the reason I chose self-employment was for the flexibility. I’ve learned how to manage my company and home life pretty well. In the summer I usually dial the work life down a bit so I can enjoy spending time with my family.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
I set aside several hours a week for exercise, hobbies (I’ve started to learn pottery!), and connecting with family and friends.
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
Using my media skills to help non-profits in my community is very important to me. I’ve developed several websites pro-bono for local non-profits and continue to volunteer my time maintaining those websites and other design related activities. I am planning to continue charitable work in my business long term.
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
The women I’ve met through Mompreneurs are inspiring. Although my mother is not an entrepreneur she continues to be a great role model in my life, both personally and professionally.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
Promising. EMG Design is growing and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m enjoying working with a variety of different clients and am concentrating on growing my business.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Keep it simple. Stop comparing yourself to others. I’m still working on that, but when I go on my own path I’m much happier and productive.