Iliana G. Perez
"I graduated in 2009 with a degree in math. I chose a subject that I thought would open opportunities here or in another country. Given that this was way before DACA, I definitely thought about leaving the country to pursue different opportunities."
"There's a ceiling with DACA. Yes, you can work, but there is a ceiling. And that ceiling I wanted to shatter."
"I, for one, stand in my power as a Black, undocumented woman. The epitome and antithesis of what they want us to be in these United States of America."
"If we’re not all working towards being free and helping our community, who are we really helping?"
"The drive and the hustle just became natural to me. I was determined never to sit still and never say I couldn't do it, because I know I can always find something to do."
"My entrepreneurship was born out of necessity and my passion for art."
"We are hustlers by nature because we need to survive."
"Is there a problem that’s affecting your life? You can do a project about that!"
Everyone, regardless of immigration status, can make money by building their own businesses and working for themselves. We’re here to show you how to generate income through entrepreneurship and freelancing. See below for tools to help you get your #UndocuHustle on!
INCOME GENERATION WEBINAR SERIES
Understand what it means to work for yourself, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and launch your own business. Click here to watch the webinar in Spanish.
5 TIPS TO GET STARTED AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/FREELANCER
Learn how to get started as an independent contractor or freelancer. This guide outlines the entire process from industry research to contracts and taxes.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR BRAINSTORMING WORKSHEET
Use this worksheet to brainstorm the type of gig work and professional services you can provide as an independent contractor.
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