Brisbane mother Emily Griffiths‘ aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder and earning a six-figure salary happened in less than a year, during a global pandemic and after becoming a mother at 34.

Griffiths has been in business for almost two years. She has built her Oh Em G Marketing empire to a six-figure business in the first 18 months, achieved a wait list, engaged a contractor for weekly work, all while being a full-time mum. She said the stigma of women in power was changing.

“Working from home, now more than ever, means other mothers just like me can land their dream job,” she said. “Their dream lifestyle, without sacrifice.” In 2017 Griffiths was the social media manager for an international casual dining franchise. Griffiths said she was fiercely competitive and always wanted to climb the corporate ladder. Shortly after, Griffiths fell pregnant.

“Becoming a mum was a lifelong dream of mine and after months and months of trying to conceive, plus a miscarriage, I was over the moon to have made it,” she said. “Fast forward nine months and I’ve got an amazingly healthy, beautiful baby girl. And this is when my career began.”

While on maternity leave, a segment on Current Affairs about young women leading laptop lifestyles sparked the idea of an online social media business for Griffiths. Griffiths resigned from her job and started Oh Em G Marketing.

Griffiths says the current unpredictable lockdowns shouldn’t be a deterrent for other mothers looking to achieve their dreams. She noted that, when the global pandemic hit, her business skyrocketed. “I’m not afraid of hard work. I love what I do,” Griffith says. “Late nights, early mornings, weekends. The hustle is real.”

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