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The Design Diaries

The Design Diaries

By Alyssa Nguyen
A podcast for creatives, freelancers and business owners hosted by the founder of Alyssa Nguyen Design studio—Alyssa! A self-taught designer gone freelancer and now studio owner, Alyssa shares real, no B.S. advice on being an entrepreneur and designer with the mission of helping you reach your goals! Expect snackable episodes full of actionable steps and authentic experiences from someone who started from nothing (and really, we mean nothing...she started it with $20 in her bank account and in her 3rd year of undergrad!)
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Ep 6: All About Pricing & Charging What's Right for You
We're talking about how to price yourself in a way that's right for you and what's comfortable! I discuss how I go about pricing my services and suggest ways to think about how to structure yours. I don't cover any particular numbers, but rather I talk about how to think about your own comfort level to customize your pricing structure in a way that makes sense for you!
March 2, 2021
Ep 5: My Best Advice for New Creatives
In this episode I cover my best advice, like real advice!, that I wish I had been told when I first starting out. I cover a variety of topics like pricing, service offerings, passion projects, and more!
February 26, 2021
Ep 4: Balancing Mental Health & Running a Biz
In this episode I share realistic and simple steps to improve your rest-work balance! Instead of just telling you to rest and practice self-care (like what does that even mean these days?), I give you my actual tips that I use to help relieve anxiety, burnout, and more.
February 23, 2021
Ep 3: Finding your Niche & Target Audience
Your niche and target audience are one of the main pillars of your business' foundation! In this episode I cover ways to thoughtfully find your niche and strategically find your audience while also having a bit of fun!
February 19, 2021
Diary Entry: Breaking Up with a Client & Being Talked Down to...
In this episode I get vulnerable and talk about an unpleasant but real experience that I had in my week...breaking up with a client and getting talked down to in a meeting. I talk about the experiences of dealing with both and what I learned from them!
February 17, 2021
Ep 1: Who I Am & My Story
Welcome! Get to know me, your humble host, by learning about my unconventional journey into design and how I started freelancing, designing, and opening my own studio. I share my experience going through a MAJOR career change and following my passion. It's nice to meet you!
February 13, 2021
Ep 2: How to Start Freelancing or Your Own Biz
In this episode I outline my best tips for starting a creative freelancing career or business! I include tips for laying the foundation of your business to set you up for success and I also cover my top 5 admin essentials to get the ball rolling!
February 13, 2021