According to a 2022 study, 70% of Americans want to be self-employed. Close to 90% of those already working on their own wish they’d been better prepared for this career move, whether it be as a temporary side-hustle or a long-term career. This includes freelancers, designers, lawyers, consultants, artists, performers, musicians, journalists, etc. 


This year’s workshops will feature successful and experienced practitioners who will share their experiences and advice, and their struggles and successes, on what it takes to work for yourself and turn your passions into profits. The speakers will then lead us into working sessions where you can meet with mentors, share your own ideas for feedback, ask personalized questions of our speakers, and network with other #templemade Owlpreneurs. 


Join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute and our partners from across Temple University as we present --- Working for Yourself: From Passion to Profits. The “Working for Yourself” series is open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff across Temple University’s 17 schools and colleges. Take control of your financial future and do what you love while supporting yourself and the lifestyle you desire.   

Freelancing Workshop Series 2023

Gearing Up: Preparing to Work For Yourself 

Tuesday, January 31st  

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel  

Have you been thinking about working for yourself? Does the freedom of calling your own shots sound appealing? Looking to make money on your own terms? Not sure where or even how to get started?    

Don't miss our kickoff event --- Gearing Up: Preparing to Work For Yourself --- where we’ll welcome a panel of successful Temple alumni as they share their experiences, insights, and advice for anyone considering a full-time career or part-time gig working for themselves! From successes and  stresses, to failures and fortunes, our panelists will share their secrets to success, and lessons they’ve learned along the way!   

Defining You: Branding and Marketing Yourself 

Tuesday, February 7th  

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Creating the foundation for your venture is one of the hardest steps to complete when beginning your journey. Join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute and our alumni speakers for an interactive workshop to answer some critical questions --- Who am I? What do I do? What unique value do I provide? What makes me different from potential competitors? Answering these simple questions allows you to define your highest potential direction. Gaining feedback from experienced experts and peers allows you to see what differentiates you from others.  

Getting Out There: Building Your Client Base

Monday, February 13th  

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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and go out on your own. Now what? One of the most important things to do and one of the biggest challenges can be building your client base. Who do you target? How do you reach them?  How do you learn what they need? And how you can get hired by them?  

Join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute and our alumni speakers for an interactive workshop to help you find answers to these questions. Our panelists will share their own experiences and advice on how they went from no clients to booming successes. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask personal questions and get feedback on their plans to build their own client base.  

Going Legit: Understanding Legal Jargon 

Tuesday, February 21st  

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Are you even ready to go legit? Join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute as we welcome legal experts who can provide guidance, so you are protected legally and financially and on sound legal footing. Issues to be covered include what type of legal organization to form, client contracts, and protecting your intellectual property. Learn the practical legal issues of starting and running your own business.  

Operating Smoothly: Managing Your Time and Money 

Tuesday, February 28th  

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What is the one thing our successful alumni freelancers say they wish they learned in college? How to manage their finances! The other issue constantly mentioned is how to simultaneously manage all aspects of their business – servicing clients, getting new clients, etc.  Be the master of (not mastered by) your company -- join us for this workshop to learn the how-to’s of managing multiple priorities efficiently and effectively while establishing a financially sustainable f venture.    

Learn how to manage your time and personal finances. Provide great service to your existing clients while building a pipeline of future clients.  In the managing your money area, hear how successful people deal with irregular income, expense management, taxes, etc. You’ll need to plan these things out carefully and always stay aware of your personal finances if you want to succeed with minimal stress.  


Gabriella Rose Design

Gabbi Ott, Tyler School of Art ‘22

Currently based in Philadelphia, Gabriella Rose Design by graphic artist Gabbi Ott specializes in digital graphics and custom shoe design. Gabriella Rose Design is all about individuality, engaging designs, and bringing visions to life. Whether it’s branding and social media graphics, or a custom pair of hand-painted kicks, Gabbi will help to create a personalized and unique experience for your desired designs.

See Why Production

Chen-Yi Wu, Theater, Film, and Media Arts ‘21

To artists and fine art students in the greater Philadelphia area, See Why Production provides documentation of the working process/ final project presentations, and collaborations with the video design.

Flamingo Society

Temple Smith, Temple University ‘22

Flamingo Society is a woman owned and operated small business that offers the best stationery to help you to write it down and make it happen!
Our award-winning planner features:

  • Simple undated formatted weekly/monthly layout
  • Thick paper perfect for gel ink pens and markers
  • Brass covered corners to prevent damage for dropping and packing
  • Gorgeous brass spiral that opens pages to full 360 without unraveling
  • Amazing motivational quotes from diverse women

Flamingo Society planners will help you make the most of your weeks and life!
Write it down and make it happen!

Balance with Shaheen

Balance with Shaheen is centered around YOU and YOUR goals. It is unrealistic to give everybody the same plan and expect results, and that is why I am here. I will help you find your routine and learn to love the process each day by providing:

  • Customized Workout Program​
  • Nutrition Tips n' Tricks
  • Workout Tips n' Tricks
  • Grocery Suggestions List
  • Exercise Video Vault
  • 24/7 Access and Unlimited Guidance
Justine Imburgio

Justine Imburgio, College of Education ‘22

Justine Imburgio is an experienced writer providing personalized stories for your and your company. Own a stylized piece of non-fiction telling the story of how you and your partner met or one capturing your family's intricate personal history. Have a company? Capture the ethos of your passion through a tailored story describing your mission. No matter your purpose, Justine Imburgio understands the value of story-telling to bring people together and to articulate the magic of everyday life.

International Music Festival Guaranda

William Valencia, Boyer School of Music ‘21

The Festival Internacional de Música Guaranda is an educational, social and cultural project of decentralization that educates through classical music. It is based on two fundamental pillars, educational and interpretative, which provide comprehensive training through workshops, seminars, master classes and concerts while having close interactions with internationally renowned artists and professionals.

Hall Monitor

Lawrence McGlynn, Klein College ‘19

The Hall Monitor Interactive News Project is dedicated to providing low-income Philadelphians with important information and actionable items regarding city and government programs, legislation, and consumer affairs via television, radio, web, and social media.

We share important information with our audience via our free newsletter, and generate revenue using our premium products, which include our week-in-review newsletter.

We are interested in connecting with potential subscribers, donors, and partners.

Fareed Simpson Music

Fareed Simpson-Hankins, Boyer College of Music ‘21

Fareed Simpson is a freelance musician who plays the trumpet. He plays a variety of music, including jazz, r&b and pop music. He specializes in special events such as weddings, parties and funerals. Fareed enjoys playing music to bring people together with live music to celebrate special occasions, solemnly reminiscing about a loved one, or having a celebratory sendoff/parade.

Aarontobin Media

Aaron Tobin, Temple University IME ‘21

To student-athletes, “Aarontobin Media” provides hands-on coaching that connects with athletes by asking personal questions resulting in an understanding of their core values. This is imperative to building an authentic brand. Authenticity drives traction for athletes’ social media channels which results in more followers and further business opportunities. Athletes’ will receive a clear picture of how they can utilize each platform to grow their message and create unique content consumers gravitate towards.

Freelancing Mentors

Karl KrausManagerAmbler SBDC / Senior Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center
Leann EricksonProfessorSchool of Theater, Film and Media Arts: Film and Media Arts
Desiree Cavalancia Desideria LLC
Josh LeeManaging & Co Artistic DirectorJazz Lives Philadelphia
Jeff Ansten ZS Consulting; Temple University
Alan KerznerDirectorTemple University Entrepreneurship Academy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
Mandee HammersteinLead Director of Media & Public RelationsMK Hammerstein Creative
Melissa AlamFounder & Creative DirectorAlam Digital
Zachary James Rebel Hill Consulting
Tyra FordDirector, Personal and Professional DevelopmenVillanova University
Erica Merrick  
Jen DenisSenior Creative DirectorExperience Green Thumb Industries (GTI)
Ian AbellPhoto and Video Production CoordinatorConfidential

Previous Workshops

Freelancing Workshop 2022

Is Freelancing for you?

Freelancing is a great way to leverage your passion, earn a sustainable income, and manage work-life balance. 

Total freelancing income in the U.S. is approaching one trillion dollars, but almost 90% of freelancers say they wished they had been better prepared for this career move, whether freelancing as a temporary side-hustle or a long-term career.

Our kickoff event features a panel of successful Temple alumni freelancers as they share their experiences, insights, and advice for anyone considering a career in freelancing! The Starting and Growing Your Freelancing Business workshop series is open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff across all disciplines, and from all 17 of Temple University’s schools and colleges.

Why should I hire you?

Being a successful freelancer – in any field and at any scale – requires that you know how to differentiate yourself and communicate the value of your product or service via an engaging and effective marketing plan and sales pitch. This session provides the knowledge, tools, and guidance to help you do this!

Legal Basics Every Freelancer Should Know

Structuring your business, writing statements and contracts, protecting your intellectual property —  these are some of the most important issues highlighted by freelancers as need-to-know topics. Learn the practical legal issues of starting and running a freelancing venture so you can protect yourself and your business.

Money management for Freelancers

What is the one thing our successful alumni freelancers say they wish they learned in college? How to manage their finances! Be the master of (not mastered by) your company’s finances — join us for this workshop to learn the how-tos of forecasting income, managing expenses, and establishing a financially sustainable freelancing venture.

Freelancer Showcase