Isolation: (noun) the state of being alone in a crowded marketplace. The biggest challenge facing Australian freelancers.
Antonym: (noun) The Freelance Jungle
At the Australian Freelance Jungle, we believe that if you fit your mask, you can face just* about anything.
That’s why we focus on:
- Building community to end the isolation inherent in the freelance world
- Raising the knowledge bar for Australian freelancers
- Reminding you that stress has a productivity cost- and giving practical strategies to combat the stress, mental health issues and suicidality within self-employment
- Replacing the lost camaraderie of ‘working for da man’ with online and offline places to go
- Ending the stigma associated with self-employment and create a viable and prosperous future industry through advocacy, education and more
- Blowing off a little steam and maintaining a sense of humour as we journey
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* membership of the Freelance Jungle may not limit the amount of late payments, jerk clients, scrambling for work, vicious competitors, under-handed agencies and all kinds of monsters you may face in your freelance career. But by golly, we sure pitch in and try to help you out when you face them.
The Freelance Jungle is the WayAhead Workplaces Wellbeing Award winner for 2019
Will Dirickx-Jones, Film Maker
Anna Butler, Copybreak
That rather than tearing down our “competitors” and climbing over bodies to elevate our own status, that we all worked together to lift everyone one up as high as we can. And embracing a mindset of collaboration and cooperation served to strengthen our own businesses by helping smooth out the feast and famine cycle we’ve all experienced as freelancers.
He told me it sounded completely “unreal”.
I told him it certainly was.
Emma McMillan, Copywriter
Zoe Heard, Be Heard Communications
In many cases, I was able to find the original thread and brush up on the great advice given to the original poster and use it for myself.
The Freelance Jungle advice gave me confidence to insist on favourable terms, ask for money owed, and deal with client feedback.
Now 2 years in, I’m in my groove and I feel like I’m able to offer advice and support to other members, either new or established freelancers, based on my own experiences.
What a wonderful, supportive, sharing group this is. Even though I’ve never met most of you, I feel like we’ve got each other’s backs.
Elizabeth Gilmore, Proofreader/Editor at Simply Edited
It’s the first place I come for true opinions and get my nerd on in the middle of the night.
Jacqui Bonner, Marketing & Management
Mitch Gibson, yoga instructor and studio owner
Holly Shoebridge, Oceans Accounting and Tax
Plus, all the most epic vibes that are in here daily. Community, collaboration, a safe space for people to air their issues and receive meaningful feedback is really unique. A brilliant online culture.
And most recently, Bek, offering guidance on how to continue to manage a business when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. That’s bloody invaluable.
Danke schoen (thank you)
Seren Trump, Trump Media
Sarah Thornton-Smith, Artist & Designer
Brooke Jacobson, Shoe Fits Media
Angela Denly, Angela Denly Writing and Communications
Jessica Harkins, Six Onions Design
Alice Henchion, Project Manager, Renew Wollongong
Sam Wade, digital content producer
There are people who have sailed these waters before. People who have battled the Kraken and won. People who need the assistance of the other ships.
It’s hard to put a value on being part of a community that has your back. So, I’ve gone for an elaborate nautical metaphor instead.
Nikki Patricia, designer
It’s funny, touching, relatable and professional with a peppering of swears and touch of heart-warming photos.
And yes, we’re pet friendly. Bring your office buddies but don’t be surprised if they get too much attention!
Kylie Saunder, Copywriter
FJ has helped me with the following:
– business advice & encouragement: a place to go to when I need guidance or had a rough time as freelancer. There will always be someone online who gives the equivalent of an ‘online hug’.
– given me the confidence and strengthened my belief that my business can be run as I see fit…I don’t have to do what others are doing to be successful. I now run my business with a lighter heart and a calmer brain.
– online stress downs have made huge impact for me. To be in a group of like minded freelancers who are honest, open and committed to listening to each other’s trials and tribulations. For this space to be so special that it feels comfortable to say “my anxiety has been off the charts this week…”
– never any judgement here
– when I had health issues to contend with last year, I got support from Bek and others here to set out some strategies and self-care to help me physically and mentally. That and Bek’s amazing coaching has made my business something I actually enjoy working in every day now
– Patreon group has already given me the added ‘juice’ to hanging out in FJ. From the amazing love letter Bek sent me (that I read every week) to knowing that my small contribution each month is helping create a community that actually helps and ‘makes a difference’
Lou Merrington, author and communications consultant
– Business advice (especially when I was just starting out – there were so many basic things I didn’t know!) in a way that was helpful not salesy.
– A place to ask questions or just get a sanity check, where you won’t be judged or laughed at
– Real-life friendships
– Contacts that led to ongoing work
– A community that I could tap into when I moved interstate
– Online stress-downs, which have helped combat isolation and the pressures of freelance life
– Lots of laughs (invaluable!)