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From Waitress to Designer: How One Woman Launched Her Design Studio and Etsy Shop Full Time

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...

Ever wondered what it takes to ditch the cubicle and become a full-time girl boss? Our Student Spotlight Series interviews our students who have made the transition from 9-5 to remote CEOs! 

From what inspired them to start their own business, their favorite podcasts, go-to morning routine, advice to aspiring girl bosses, and so much more! 

Today, we’re sitting down with our student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Originally from San Diego, California, Alexa gives us a glimpse into her girl boss journey…

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...

Q: What type of online business do you own and what services do you offer?

I’m the Founder of Sidewalk Studio, a modern design studio that offers brand identity, event stationery, and print collateral. 

My focus is on the art of typography, organic textures, and quality craftsmanship. I love using simple but expressive typefaces, natural colorways, and minimalist compositions!

Q: What inspired you to enroll in the Bucketlist Bombshells Academy and how has it helped you to become an online business owner?

I enrolled in The Work Online and Travel the World Course because I wanted to meet other entrepreneurs, build community, and learn more tools to successfully run my own business! 

“I loved learning new strategies on how to creatively reach more clients!”

Q: What type of job were you working in prior to running your own online business?

Prior to running Sidewalk Studio, I was helping manage and run my family’s cafe while keeping my business as a side hustle.

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...

Q: How long did it take you to ditch your 9-5, and how much time did you dedicate in order to make it happen?

I had been running my side hustle for several years under a different name. When I knew I wanted to take it full time, I wanted to rebrand myself. So, I dedicated about four hours a day for several months to design everything.

Q: How long was it until you landed your first client online?

I landed my first client once I went live on Instagram and people discovered who I was! 

“If you’re not active online, it’s hard for people to know or remember you exist!”

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...
Design by Sidewalk Studio

Q: What has been your biggest setback, and how did you overcome it?

Finding the right clients who fit within the style and realm in which I love to create in has been difficult. However, publishing my work on Instagram has been the biggest help! I publish my favorite projects which helps attract customers who have the same style as me.

Q: What was the final push in your story to get you to ditch that 9-5 job?

After working in a restaurant for years, I eventually just hit a wall. I had an epiphany and knew that I needed to make a change! 

“I was tired of being exhausted, running from job to job and knew I had what it would take to make my dreams happen!”

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...

Q: Tell us what a “day in the life” looks like for you now that you’re running your own online business!

I love that each day is so different! Some days are devoted to packing and shipping orders from my online Etsy shop, while other days are spent either fully designing or writing invoices and contracts.

Q: What’s the most challenging part about running your online business?

I find it challenging to not overwork myself! Every day, I try to go for a run by the beach and clear my head.

Q: How do you stay inspired and motivated to run your online business?

It’s easy to stay inspired and motivated because I truly love what I do. 

“I was created to be creative and feel so much purpose from using my gifts and talents to help others.”

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...
Design by Sidewalk Studio

Q: What is your process for finding and landing clients online? 

At this point in my business, I land clients through mostly referrals! Instagram and Facebook groups have also been great resources!

Q: What do you love most about the work you do and the clients you work with?

I love my clients because they trust me. I follow through and deliver exactly what and when I say. I’ve created great relationships with them due to my customer service skills and integrity.

“I get to ‘play’ all day. To me, design is how I play, dream, and express myself.”

Q: What’s the best part about being your own boss?

Getting to structure my day exactly how I want is by far the best part about being my own boss! 

“I love the freedom to work and take breaks when I need to and that I’m not tied down to a desk from 9-5!”

Today, we’re sitting down with BB Academy student Alexa Sonken, Founder of Sidewalk Studio! Join us as she gives a glimpse into her girl boss journey...

Q: What is your favorite destination to work remotely from?

I love working from coffee shops! However, I also love working from home with good music playing in the background.

Q: What’s your go-to favorite podcast that you’d recommend to other girl bosses?

The Etsy Success Podcast is definitely my favorite! I love hearing the unique stories of other business owners and how they got started! Plus, it offers really great advice for entrepreneurs!

Q: What is your number one piece of advice for aspiring Bucketlist Bombshells?

Never stop learning! I’m always looking for ways to grow. Whether I’m taking a new class, networking over coffee with other creatives, or watching YouTube videos, I love learning new skills that I can apply to my design work!

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