EPISODE 3: Freelancing & Small Business Ownership




Adele Berry, Women's Initiative for Self Employment

Adele is a freelance art director, creative director and author with almost a decade of advertising experience and design experience. She is also a business trainer with the Women's Initiative for Self Employment, located in Oakland. She earned a master’s degree in photography from Brooks Institute of Photography and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.   Listen here to find out how Women's Initiative for Self Employment helps women match their entrepreneurial goals to the resources they need.

And listen here to find out how La Cocina, an organization Women's Initiative helped start, is helping Alicia Villanueva realize her American dream. 


Holly Minch, LightBox Collaborative

Holly’s experience includes her work as Vice President of Spitfire Strategies; and Director of the SPIN Project, assisting hundreds of grassroots groups with strategic communications resources. She is the founder of LightBox Collaborative, an organization that works with nonprofits, philanthropies and social entrepreneurs to create and implement business strategies that are effective and in-line with the organization's goals.


U.S. Small Business Association

Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center

Book: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Freelancers Union: A Federation of the Unaffiliated

Freelancers Insurance Company

LinkedIn – Find Freelancers for Hire

LiquidSpace: Daily & Hourly Office & Meeting Space Rental

Bay Bucks: Bay Area Barter Trade Exchange

Equal Dollars Community Currency


Featured Songs

“Work to Do” by Average White Band
"Money (What I Want)" by Barrett Strong
“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton


If you can't stand forced interactions at networking events, our experts have some good news for you! 

Experts Holly Minch and Adele Berry outline how to find healthcare as a freelancer. 

Are your clients 30 days, 60 days, even 90 days past due?  We have tips on how to get paid, while also keeping business relationships intact.

If you're ready to turn your hobby into income, listen as our experts shed light on funding your leap into small business ownership.

Freelancing can feel lonely sometimes. Here are some ideas on co-sharing spaces that won't cost you endless cups of coffee at a local cafe.


Meal of Fortune Challenge

In this Meal of Fortune Challenge, we asked for you to tell us your clever ideas for your own food truck business. Share your own suggestions on our Facebook page.


Go inside the Women's Initiative for Self-Employment, a non-profit organization helping women match their entrepreneurial goals to the resources they need. 


Alex Meisels and Seabrook Gubbins took one of their favorite hobbies onto four wheels to make a living. Here's the story of their foodtruck, Fuki.


Alicia's Tamales are absolutely delicious!  Find out all about the woman who makes them and her thriving business.