Meet The Maker - Eric Goggin from Destination Art
Today’s feature on our Meet The Maker series is Eric Goggin, the man behind the beautiful Destination Art prints. If you haven’t had a chance to see his products, make sure to visit our Moncton store or check the “Canadiana” Collection on our website for a special selection.
What inspires you to start your own business?
Goggin Signs & Graphics was my first business, which started in 1994 in Salisbury, NB. I was inspired to start my own business for the love of art & design, as well as the huge demand for Advertising from various businesses in the area.
We’ve all heard the saying “If you do something you like, you will never work a day in your life.” I became aware very early on that with hard work and dedication my business could grow and prosper, allowing myself and my family to enjoy a better quality of life.
Destination Art was then created after being inspired by a gift from my gift at Christmas in 2016. It was a calendar filled with simple designs from the portfolio of The Canadian Pacific Railway advertisements from the 1930’s & 1940’s. I knew I could make travel art in the same feel and style of that calendar, so that’s where it all began.
What are some of the challenges you face as an entrepreneur?
As an entrepreneur, I have faced many challenges in the past 25 years of business. Technology has changed rapidly, meaning you need to keep up with your competition constantly. Providing something different or at a better value gives your business the edge and keeps your clients loyal to you and your service. Many of our clients have been using us for decades and trust our work and value the design input. The paperwork and business-end of the day to day at a business can be overwhelming at times as it is very important to see that one stays on top of invoices, bills, tax details, accounts, etc… These are the not so fun tasks of an entrepreneur, but they are extremely important to oversee everything going on and to stay diligent.
What advice would you give to others looking to become makers or creators?
My advice to anyone looking to carve out a stable rewarding career for themselves is to make sure you have the skills and the drive to produce and deliver! Make sure you really enjoy what you’re doing. So many people go through this one life they have, not looking forward to the day. If you enjoy your work, it will show. To be a success, you must attract clients and provide a service or product that they will come back for, time and time again.