59 minutes | Jul 9th 2019

Allie Nimmons and Freelancing / Mental Health

Allie Nimmons is a freelance web designer with an unique perspective to my own. She made the transition to freelancing after losing her job, but still needing to make money. We talk about what that’s like, as well as how she’s be able to hone her offerings based on what her target customers need. We also talk about mental health, and what it’s like to be black, and female, in a white male-dominated space.

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Allie Nimmons: Oh well. I’m going through this mentally, so I’m probably being over-dramatic, or I’m probably overthinking it. Or, “It’s probably just my anxiety, and things aren’t that bad.” Until it became apparent to me that it was that bad.

 

Joe Casabona: That was Allie Nimmons. Allie Nimmons is a freelance web designer with a unique perspective to my own. She made the transition into freelancing after losing her job but still needed to make money. We talk about what that’s like, as well as how she’s been able to hone her offerings based on what her target customers need. We also talk about mental health and what it’s like to be black and female in a white male-dominated space. Candidly this isn’t something I normally talk about on the show or otherwise, but I think we cover some important topics. I don’t want to delay that anymore, and we’ll get right into the interview. But first, a word from our sponsors.

 

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Joe: Hey everybody, welcome to another episode of How I Built It. The podcast that asks, “How did you build that?” Today my guest is Allie Nimmons, founder, owner, and designer over at Pixel Glow Web Design. Allie, how are you today?

 

Allie: I’m great, Joe. How are you?

 

Joe: I am doing very well. Thank you. Allie and I met at WordCamp Miami, 2019. We were both talking in the freelance track, helping budding freelancers how to hit the ground running. Allie and I spoke a little bit, and today we’re going to talk about how you built your freelance career, is that right?

 

Allie: Yeah, absolutely.

 

Joe: Awesome. Why don’t we start off a little bit with who you are and what you do?

 

Allie: Yes. At the moment, I have a– I try to think about it less like freelancing and more like business-owning. I feel like there’s a point where you make that transition into a more formal agreement with you