Why socialise with usOnline and in person, find out why Australian freelancers choose the Freelance Jungle
WHY SOCIALISE WITH US?
The Freelance Jungle began with bringing people together. After realising the number one challenge facing freelancers was isolation, the aim was simple. Bring freelancers, startup captains and the self employed together in a friendly environment. It began with beers in a Sydney pub, like a lot of the cooler things do.
The low sales, high support ethos
One of the significant differences about the Freelance Jungle is that while we networking, the focus is not on sales. There is a simple reason why we choose not to focus on pitching, selling and otherwise marketing freelance services as part of our networking events.
The problem we solve is about community, not commerce
The Freelance Jungle was born out of a survey that was conducted by freelancer, Rebekah Lambert. As a new Australian freelancer in 2010, Rebekah wanted to know if the same challenges she faced were universal. While the expected challenges such as managing workflow, finding work and what to charge were featured high on the agenda, they were by no means the most important things to Australian freelancers who responded at the time.
It was uncovered that the biggest issues facing freelancers were:
From working at home alone with no one to talk to through to friends, family and peers not understanding the process, isolation was plaguing Australian freelancers.
While managing all aspects of the freelance business are tough, tougher still are those moments where self doubt creep into the decision making process and daily life of the Australian freelancer.
Even though 2010 saw the introduction of startups and networks in the freelance space, true community and connectivity were in its infancy at the time. This is where the Freelance Jungle excels.
The power of socialising
By bringing Australian freelancers together over a drink or a meal, those feelings of going it alone could be addressed. Keeping that accessible, community orientated and focused on helping people seemed like the most positive way forward
Besides, sales orientated networking often sees participants all scrambling to sell without anyone willing to buy. Apart from that making for awkward conversation, it doesn’t allow for true relationship building between freelancers who may be otherwise suited in working together.