Building the Australian freelance community

One convesation, event and idea at a time

Our Story

In 2010, Freelance Jungle founder Rebekah Lambert was in her first year of freelancing. She wanted to find out if other freelancers faced the same challenges she did. So she set up a survey. Little did she know it would grow into a national community, online and offline.

The Freelance Jungle is about bringing Australian freelancers together to help share the knowledge, raise the bar and end the isolation inherent with freelance life.

Oh, and have a whole lot of fun along the way!

  • Inspiration 87%
  • Perspiration 97%
  • Curiosity 89%
  • Learning 82%
  • Fun 99%

Community

Being self-employed is way too tough to do without support. Online or in person, the Freelance Jungle brings together members of the Australian freelance community to chew the fat, share the wins and commiserate the lows.

Events

Tired of talking to your office dog or your pet rock? You’re not alone. We bring the water cooler to your virtually and in selected cities so you can ask questions, bounces ideas, find collaborators and most importantly, feel less alone.

Education

In the Freelance Jungle, we believe that if we share knowledge across the community, we’ll all perform better in the long run. That’s why we focus on education, sharing advice and critical thinking.

Self care & Support

Love alone will not get you through. That’s why we’re here to help end the isolation and help you flourish as a part of a mentally healthy Australian freelance community. And we teach you a few bad ass client wrangling techniques along the way, too!

Freelance Jungle Founder, Rebekah Lambert

Rebekah Lambert is a content marketing freelancer by trade and an accidental freelance advocate. All she wanted to do was understand her own challenges better and have a beer with someone that got the freelance trials and triumphs. 8 years later, she’s run over 100 events online and in person, answered thousands of freelance related questions, built a sturdy network of resources to build a robust, honest and supported Australian freelance community.

As the founder of The Freelance Jungle, she spreads a message of community support and stress reduction through focusing on ending the isolation inherent in sole employment.

Rebekah believes stress has a productivity cost. To be better able to support Australian freelancers in stressful situations, Rebekah undertook training as a Crisis Supporter for Lifeline Australia, qualifying in August 2017. She also spent 12 months as part of a joint COSBA and Beyond Blue work group tasked to improve the mental health outcomes of Australian small business. She’s currently working on improving the support and educational levels for freelancers facing life impacting and life ending health and mental health situations.

When she’s not talking business and stress reduction, she’s exploring the wonders of Wollongong and the Illawarra. You can follow Rebekah’s adventures via Unashamedly Creative  and via the official Freelance Jungle Facebook group.

Adelaide based administrator, Nicole Leedham

After watching The Year of Living Dangerously, Nicole’s youthful ambition was to work as a freelance writer and editor, travelling the world, reporting on conflicts. Over time, she realised the hard truth that she was not made of the necessary stuff and was more of a five-star resort person, than a haven’t-had-a-hot-shower-in-days reporter.

Instead, she is a popular Adelaide-based copywriter with extensive experience in business reports, tender documents, SEO web content and more. She works under the name Black Coffee Communications. 

She lends her talents to the Freelance Jungle as content curator and Facebook group administrator. She’s also Rebekah’s sounding board for ideas large and small. 

Cairns based adminstrator, Hayley Rollason-Jones 

Based in Cairns, Hayley is a freelance motion designer, animator and editor. She runs Curl Co. Productions. She has been working in video production since 2009 as a one-man band video producer and often use this wide-ranging experience to production manage and direct on projects as well as the post-production side of things. She usually work with medium-to-large companies, organisations and agencies to produce works for marketing and advertising, research and communications purposes. 

Hayley brings a level head, a lot of youthful insight and some of the best giflish the Freelance Jungle has ever seen with her admin role. 

Victoria based administrator, Jinny Coyle 

Jinny Coyle is the principal partner at FLUX Design Studio. Jinny was already an accomplished designer when, back in the ’80s, she recognised the potential of the computer as a tool to help streamline the design process. Jinny has a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia, Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, Certificate IV in Business – Small Business Management & a Graduate Certificate in Internet & Web Computing. She has also completed a 6 week intensive Social Media Management training as part of her on-going professional development.

Jinny refers to herself as admin number 4 and brings a special quirky happiness to discussions and ideas throughout the jungle and the admin duties. 

Brisbane events coordinator, Emily Read

The freelance life was never on Emily Read’s life plan, but she’s embraced it just the same. A freelancer since she graduated with a BA(Hons first class), Emily is an SEO copywriter who hails from Hobart but has set up “shop” in Brisbane – though in true freelance style, she’s worked from cafes across the country. When she’s not writing for clients or gathering Brisbane’s freelance monkeys together for a natter and a warm beverage, Emily can be found reading, sewing or enjoying the sunshine. Emily’s website is http://www.brisbanecopywriter.com.au/

Sydney events coordinator, Brook McCarthy

Brook McCarthy is a digital marketing trainer and business coach who’s been self-employed since 2008. With a background in Public Relations and digital communications, Brook helps sole traders and small business owners to stand out in business, build their professional reputation and magnify their impact online. Check out Brook’s business, Hustle & Heart, at https://hustleandheart.com.au

This is an Australian freelance community that cares. Find out what other members have to say

Being part of the Freelance Jungle community has been so, so helpful, especially as I’m just starting out. I would have been lost without it.

Thankyou for The Freelance Jungle forum – I find it so helpful on so many levels. It’s a lot more helpful and provides a lot more practical support than most. Plus it’s fun and helps break the isolation and loneliness that can sometimes happen to freelancers.

Everybody here is down to earth, kicking goals and most importantly, like-minded!

Anything I say has already been summed up ridiculously well, but again, thank you Bek for creating such a supportive and fantastic group.

For me one of my favorite things is reading everyone’s wins, and losses, and the benefits and frustrations of freelancing. It helps at times knowing we’re all fighting similar battles and it’s basically the equivalent of workmates at the office watercooler letting off steam etc which is therapeutic for me.