Cherise Henry is a freelance writer, editor and journalist, and provides communications consulting services for companies and organizations. She’s passionate about telling meaningful stories and creating authentic content, connecting with people through the written word. She earned degrees in journalism and marketing from Sacramento State, and is a certified meeting and event planner. Read more at www.cherisehenry.com. On Twitter @cherisehenry.
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On the Rise: Crystaline Combs
Meet 12 young leaders who are shaping their industries and the Capital Region
In the wake of George Floyd’s death in May 2020, Crystaline Combs stepped into an unexpected role outside of her regular “day job” as vice president and consumer and business banking administrative manager at the U.S. Bank Sacramento Main Branch.
Will Curbside Pickup Survive?
Capital Region restaurant owners weigh the future of curbside
pickup, which kept many businesses afloat during the
The Coworking Pivot
The Urban Hive cofounder Molly Weber on how coworking spaces have adjusted to the times
The Capital Region is home to about 60 coworking spaces, which have all been tasked with figuring out how to navigate a pandemic.
Mind Your Business
Proper accounting is critical to the success of a company
There’s a reason “Shark Tank” venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, aka Mr. Wonderful, asks entrepreneurs about their numbers immediately after pitching their product and business model product, says certified public accountant Ahamadou Alainchar Bocar.
Breaking the Cycle
Nonprofit urban farms want to end food insecurity
During the school year, 13 students from Washington Elementary School in Stockton, meet once a week at the 5.7-acre Boggs Tract Community Farm, where the children grow seedlings into vegetables in one small patch of land.
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Navigating the freelance life into 2018
As we near the end of the year, you may find yourself checking in with your freelance business to take a look at what you’ve been up to and where you want to go in the coming New Year. (hashtag New Year Things.) Honestly, I find this time of year both inspiring and empowering when it comes to navigating the freelance life.
The Freelance Pivot
Navigating through a pivoted freelance life
Pivot. By definition, this means to “turn on or as if on a pivot,” when used as a verb. Synonyms include “rotate” and “turn.” I’ve been experiencing my own pivot recently as I’ve switched gears in my freelance life.
Freelance workers control their schedules in a way that most employees can’t
Let’s celebrate all of our Capital Region-based freelance colleagues who are doing this day in and day out. Freelancing is all about freedom and flexibility, but it’s also challenging — with dry spells and the typical ups and downs of being a small business owner.
Freelance Life: 4 Tips Setting Your Rates
Ask any freelancer what their rates look like and you’ll most likely get hit with one of three options: hourly rates, per project rates or a mix of the two. But how do freelancers decide on these rates?
Holders of Hope
Stanford Youth Solutions empowers foster care families and foster youth
Stanford Youth Solutions, a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization, helps to support foster parents, foster youth and the families behind them through their foster care program.
Freelance Life: Brand Yourself
How to market yourself as a solopreneur
Marketing and branding is an inevitable part of your freelance business. For a marketing person, this is the fun part. For everyone else, this is the part that’s most likely delayed (or never done at all), and thus is a missed opportunity to promote yourself and your business.
Saving Families, One Child At A Time
Yolo Crisis Nursery provides a safe, temporary home for children during family crisis
For local families — like Michelle and her children — in crisis situations, the safe home and services provided by Yolo Crisis Nursery are nothing short of life-changing, and lifesaving.
Freelance Life: Learning to Balance the Hustle
6 tips for avoiding burnout when you’re always working
Freelance burnout hits the best of us; I don’t think I know one freelancer who at some point thought to him or herself, “Well shoot, this just isn’t working anymore,” when they hit those crossroads. Trust your instinct and, at the end of the day, do what’s best for you and your business by adding more flow to the freelance hustle.
Don’t Let Your Grad Get Duped by the Name Game
Sacramento entrepreneur advises a shift in the way parents and students select a university
ESM Prep is a gangbuster business. The local company has gone from a small one-man show to an international enterprise, with expanding service offerings and a strong support team in the span of only the past five years.
Threads of Honor
The California Capital Women’s Business Center is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to small businesses throughout the state. In collaboration with the Women Veterans Alliance, the Women Veterans One-Stop Resource Center was created to specifically address the needs of women veterans, their spouses and families.
Freelance Life: Your Guide to Tax Deductions
Get the ultimate tax ROI as a self-employed freelancer
Here are 10 qualified tax deductions to consider as you power through tax season … and to ensure you get ultimate tax ROI as the hard-working, self-employed freelancer that you are.
Freelance Life: The More Places You’ll Go
Boost your freelance business with ongoing education
According to the study “Freelancing in America: 2016,” 53 percent of freelancers have participated in skill-related education or training within the previous six months, which is more than non-freelancers at 39 percent. The study shows that freelancers opt-in to training opportunities to strengthen skills, while non-freelancers are more likely to do it as a job requirement.
Preserved to Perfection
Preservation & Co. offers customers a new take on an old tradition
Jason Poole accidentally came across what would become his next career by way of a national contest. Poole submitted a Bloody Mary recipe, and before he knew it he was making his way to New York City as a finalist for the 2012 Absolut Best Bloody Mary in America contest.
Business Planning 101: The Freelance Edition
Freelance life: Keep your momentum going for freelance success in 2017
Freedom and flexibility is what this career path is all about. While we’re blazing our own trail as freelancers and solo entrepreneurs (I like to call us “solopreneurs”), we’re still running a business. And like any business owner will tell you, you need a plan of attack.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Freelance life: best apps and online tools for solopreneurs
As a freelancer, you’re flying solo. Which means you are the only one wearing all the hats for your business; you do it all. The bottom line is that we all could use a little support to help simplify things in life and business,
Finding Your Wolf Pack
Freelance life: How to overcome freelance isolation
Feeling all alone in your freelance world? We get it. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
It Takes a Village
California’s education foundations connect communities to their schools
With California’s public school finance system undergoing dramatic changes in recent years, some public school districts now rely more on education foundations to supplement the districts’ budgets for traditionally school-funded resources and enrichment programs.
Baby on the Way, Now What?
Freelance Life: Taking parental leave as a solopreneur
Taking parental leave whether you’re the mom- or dad-to-be is no easy undertaking, and it’s not always guaranteed. If you’re traditionally employed, paid maternity leave is at the discretion of private companies.
Bee-ing Friendly in Our Yards
Home improvement chains offer consumers more bee-friendly plants
As Californians continue to opt for drought-tolerant landscaping, thus requiring less lawn and more plants outside a home, major home improvement chains are committing to selling bee-friendly plants that do not contain neonicotinoids, a widely-used insecticide.
How to Pay Estimated Quarterly Taxes
Freelance life: Stay on top of taxes as a savvy business owner
It’s not yet tax season, I know, I know. But as a self-employed freelancer, solopreneur or consultant, and doer of all things for your business, it’s quite imperative that you prioritize estimated quarterly taxes — the next deadline is just around the corner. And actually, there are penalties if you ignore these taxes. So listen up, freelance friends!
Sacramento Enamelist Fred Ball Continues to Inspire Others
Crocker Art Museum showcasing 122 pieces of enamel art by 90 artists, including Ball
At the young age of 11, Fred Uhl Ball had his artwork exhibited as a one-person show at the Sacramento Central Library in downtown, and by 13 years old he offered demonstrations as part of the Art in Action exhibit at the California State Fair where his artistic talents flourished for all to see.
Vacation Like a Freelance Boss
Freelance life: Take time off without impacting clients and projects
We all deserve time off from the daily grind, even if we don’t get a traditional paid vacation. I’m looking at you, fellow freelancers.
Why Sacramento is Ideal for Freelancers
Freelance life: You can have a great one here
The perception of life as a freelancer is changing. The U.S. is moving into a new economy where freelancing is a viable option for workers in many industries and occupations. And the numbers don’t lie: A 2015 study commissioned by Freelancers Union and Upwork found that nearly 54 million American workers — or one-third — freelance, with 60 percent of freelancers having started doing so by choice.
SearchPros Solutions achieves big small-business success
Local small business SearchPros Solutions is already having quite the year — they are one of seven regional finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Northern California Award and a recipient of the Sacramento Business Journal Small Business of the Year Award, among other notable achievements.
Rolling Out the Red Carpet
Placer County’s low unemployment rate owed to business-friendly climate
Placer County and its individual cities and towns portray themselves as one community that welcomes business. “That’s always been the case,” says Dave Snyder, director of economic development for Placer County. “We don’t look to wrap a new prospective business in a lot of red tape; we go out of the way to roll out the red carpet.”