The Freelance Hustle

The Freelance Hustle

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Creative hustlers share why ditching the 9-5 is possible, and awesome. For go-getters who are embarking on their own creative journey, this one’s for you. Host and fellow creative hustler, Alisha Tova makes the daunting, doable. Each week, Alisha shares pieces of her story along with fellow hustlers, so you can run your own business like a pro. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thefreelancehustle/support


Community over competition ft. Pull It Together Pod
May 28 • 35 min
I’m joined today with Alex Matteo from Pull It Together Podcast to talk about community building and networking, and how to go about it in a real and authentic way. Now more than ever it is important to be tapping into your network and seeing how we can…
How I am making an income in 2020
May 19 • 21 min
I am back with a solo episode this week! I thought it would be nice to check in with you all and see how you were doing and also inform you on ways in which I’ve pivoted my business to stay afloat for 2020. A lot of this has to do around productivity and…
How to embrace down time during quarantine ft. Ariel Upton
May 6 • 35 min
Ariel Upton, co-founder of The TODAY I DID IT RIGHT Approach and Self-Connection Journal, is back for another episode. Today we talk all about our experience with solo time during quarantine and how we’ve gotten to know ourselves and our businesses…
Advice for freelancers from a LAWYER!
Apr 28 • 33 min
Today I am joined with attorney Ian Roven and we talk through contracts, and how it’s so important, especially in these times. We break down some of my contract, what I could improve on, and tips for freelancers on. how to protect themselves in the time…
How creatives are handling themselves and their businesses during the pandemic
Apr 23 • 27 min
Today I wanted to check in with some of my fellow Chicago photographers and see how they were holding up both personally and professionally throughout this time. As freelancers, we don’t really have the luxury of having co-workers to zoom with on a daily…
How am I really doing? Covid-19 episode ft. Sonja Garelick
Apr 14 • 26 min
In today’s episode I catch you up on everything that’s been going on with my business since Covid-19 hit, and ways that myself and freelancers alike can stay positive and productive throughout this time. I have my very own producer of the show, Sonja…
Tailoring your portfolio to get the clients you want LIVE at Hoxton Hotel!
Apr 7 • 31 min
Hello, we are LIVE from The Hoxton Hotel in Chicago IL! This was a pre-recorded speaking event I gave a few months back and I thought a LOT of what I talk about would be helpful for those of you reassessing your websites and portfolio. If you’d like to…
Holding true to your photography vision ft. Chellise Michael
Mar 30 • 32 min
Hi guys! Sorry for the wonky sound in the beginning, but I promise it gets better! I’m here with my photography MUSE today, Chellise Michael, and we talk all about her business. In this episode we break down: What is it about your work that you think has…
Strategically building a Youtube channel with Eric Floberg
Mar 24 • 24 min
Eric Floberg offers us a dose of practical advise about growing your platform, whether that be on Instagram or Youtube. He’s built a successful career out of being vulnerable to his audience, putting out content that is uniquely his, and sticking to his…
How to bounce back after a layoff and evaluate your skillset in order to start your own freelance hustle Ft. Emily Moyer
Mar 17 • 26 min
Hey everyone! We are BACK with season 3 of TFH and to kick it off I have Emily Moyer on today’s episode. We talk all about how to bounce back from a layoff and the steps you should take to get into that freelance career you’ve always wanted. Emily touches…
How to get STARTED
Nov 12, 2019 • 25 min
This is the FINAL episode of Season Two!! I thought hard about how I wanted to end this season, and I decided to end with me. On this final episode, I’ll be sharing my story of how I got started. I hope going back to the beginning helps inspire you and…
How sustainability can make you rich ft. Healthy Soil Compost
Nov 5, 2019 • 26 min
I am SO PUMPED to have the owner of Healthy Soil Compost, Jonathan Scheffel, on today’s episode! If you haven’t heard of them, Healthy Soil is a hybrid solution to healthy waste for residents and business to start composting. Jonathan is a true expert and…
Everything you need to know about write offs ft. my accountant
Oct 29, 2019 • 24 min
We are BACK with another episode from our most requested guest (drum roll please) Karla my accountant! We are hear talking about all things write-offs and why they are so crucial to your business and can be the ultimate protector against the IRS. Karla as…
Alisha takes on a LIVE SHOW! Ft. Shannon O’Brien & Emily Katz
Oct 22, 2019 • 55 min
This week, we’re LIVE from Ipsento 606 in Bucktown with make-up artist Shannon O’Brien and hair stylist Emily Katz! I sat down with Shannon and Emily to talk about their personal stories of how they hustle and get real with how they started out on their…
Alisha answers your burning questions
Oct 15, 2019 • 20 min
This week it’s just me. I’ve gotten some awesome questions from all of you on the gram, in-person and over email and I’m happy to take this episode to give you the answers. Please take a listen as I go a bit more in-depth on my photography process and…
Life of a mural artist ft. Ellen Rutt
Oct 8, 2019 • 29 min
This week we have a VERY special guest on today, Ellen Rutt! I sat down with Ellen on a recent trip to Detroit and we chatted about her life as an artist, how she got her start with murals, what’s been the most challenging part about pricing yourself, and…
How to hustle as a wedding photographer ft. Chaz Cruz
Oct 1, 2019 • 23 min
On this week’s episode, I am bringing on another photographer! After lots of thought, I am so excited to have wedding photographer Chaz Cruz on the show with me for multiple reasons, which I get into. Chaz is a photo magician and I’ve always admired his…
Life of a web developer ft. Corielle Laaspere
Sep 24, 2019 • 31 min
This week, I chat with the amazing web developer, Corielle Laaspere, about the important tips when it comes to your business’ website. Because having a good website is HUGE to growing your biz! You’ll instantly understand why I love and trust Corielle so…
Life of a restaurateur ft. Wade McElroy
Sep 17, 2019 • 35 min
This week, I sit down with Wade McElroy of Chicago hospitality group, Leisure Activities. He is one of the guys behind this city’s most awesome bars Sportsmans Club, Estereo, Young American and more. In our conversation, we learn about how Wade got into…
How to hustle with client experience ft. Alisha Tova
Sep 10, 2019 • 42 min
I’m baaack! Welcome to The Freelance Season two where we dive right into it. On this episode, I break down how I’ve built my business centered around client experience and explain as to why it’s been such a sustainable business model for me. This episodes…
Erasing Doubt with Positive Affirmations ft. Ariel Upton
Mar 20, 2019 • 34 min
I am officially wrapping up SEASON 1!! For my final episode of the season, I decided to talk about something that is very real for anyone hoping to start something new or make a pivot in their career; and that is doubt. I talk about the doubt I’ve had…
From a college idea to an accessory empire; How DONNI got its start.
Mar 6, 2019 • 33 min
Founder, Alyssa Wasko, began making scarves in 2009 to cope with the death of her father Donald. Her friends began asking for them, and soon enough her fellow peers were selling the scarves on campuses across the country. The creative outlet grew into a…
How to be smart with your money
Feb 27, 2019 • 27 min
Todays episode I am joined with none other than the man who taught me…well…pretty much everything. My dad! He has been a guiding light for me in the early days of my business, and still helps me with decision making today. He comes on to talk about why…
The importance of branding your business
Feb 20, 2019 • 27 min
Today I have Liz Grant, my graphic design artist on and OMG do I love her. She has taken my brand, look and feel to a whole new level and I wanted to have her on since dreaming up this podcast because I know she has so much knowledge to give. You can see…
Why I don’t rely on Instagram for new business
Feb 13, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode I am touching on five questions that a fellow freelance artist wrote in about. The five questions involve social media, pricing yourself appropriately, when to phase out of friends/family discounts, work-life balance, and marketing your…
Working through grief with Daniel Kenner
Feb 6, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode we are joined by my good friend Daniel Kenner. Daniel is an actor, playwright and co-author of the newly published, Room for Grace. Through anecdotes and hard-earned lessons, his family tackles challenge after challenge and reframes daily…
Everything you want to know from my accountant
Jan 30, 2019 • 40 min
In today’s episode I’m joined with Karla Harrington, my trusted accountant! We go over different entity structures, picking the right advisor for your needs and how much it costs, if you really need a formal accounting system or not, what records you need…
Life of an influencer with Krystal Bick
Jan 23, 2019 • 31 min
In 2009 Krystal Bick was just your average girl working at Google in San Francisco while juggling a blog on the side not knowing if it would go anywhere. Fast forward to 2019 and Krystal is one of the leading influencers in the game. With 131k instagram…
How To Start Something From Nothing
Jan 16, 2019 • 34 min
On today’s episode I’m joined by Albany Katz, a newbie in the photography industry who is trying to break out on her own and get her business off the ground. I walk her through some of my tips and tricks I had in those first two years of growth, as well…
Episode 1 - The Time Amy Schumer Photobombed my engagement session
Jan 9, 2019 • 29 min
In today’s episode, Alisha talks through one of her biggest shifts in her freelance career: the time Amy Schumber photobombed her engagement session and it went viral. She walks you through her transition into freelance life, what eventually got things…