Come along to FREE freelance festival entitled ‘Reinvent your Working Life‘. It includes seminars on a variety of different subjects to help you make the most our of your freelancing journey. There is live action where you can ask questions OR an action replay via the same link. This is about people telling their story in ways that can help you.

The main Facebook event for this freelance festival can help you keep track. All events are in Sydney time.


This is the current roster for the ‘Reinvent your Working Life: a free freelance festival’. Brought to you through grant support from Good2Give and Facebook Australia.

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Life after redundancy with Joh Kohler

Wed, Sep 8, 2021, 1:30 PM

It’s no secret many industries have been hit hard by COVID. redundancies abound across the arts, entertainment, hospitality, agency and education sector.

The university sector is one of those deeply affected. Whether in support staff or teaching, the impact of restrictions and a lack of international flights means the university sector is facing a reduction in hours and redundancies.

But the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t have to be an oncoming train.

Joh Kohler lends her lived experience to helping you transition from redundancy to a freelance career on your own terms.

In this special Q and A, Joh will take about:

  • Life after the university sector

  • How to decide if freelancing is for you

  • What to expect as you transition

  • How to make the hours work for you

  • How to help yourself make the most of the opportunity

  • Overcoming the obstacles as they come your way


How to keep the balance with you and a side hustle with Nance Haxton

Thu, Sep 16, 2021, 1:00 PM

In this special presentation, journalist Nance Haxton will help you:

  • Discover life after the newsroom – even if you miss it

  • Understand you are more than a by-line and find that new identity that is totally you

  • Translate your hard-fought journo skills into freelancing well

  • With tips on how to let people know you exist

  • With ideas on how to apply your skills as superpowers for social justice, disability and more


Working on government contracts with Nicole Leedham

Fri, Sep 24, 2021, 10:30 AM

Want to apply your public service experience to freelancing?

Or ever wanted to know how to secure government contracts as a freelancer?

Now is your chance.

Nicole Leedham will show you:

  • How to make the most of government contract work by talking you through:

  • How to be government contract ready

  • Why you should consider government contract work

  • Common mistakes made working on government contracts

  • How to manage the stakeholders and expectations effectively

  • Knowing when to hold it or fold it with a government contract

  • How to find gov contract work through networks, marketing and more


Why freelance life is perfect for teachers with Melissa Gerke

Thu, Sep 30, 2021, 10:30 AM

Do you feel stuck in the teaching profession and need a change? Create your own path with freelancing. Melissa Gerke will tell you why freelancing is the perfect career move for ex-teachers.

Melissa will walk you through:

  • How she made the move from 15 years as a science teacher to writing

  • How financially you can make this move safely with teaching

  • Why teachers make the best freelancers

  • The questions you have to ask yourself

  • The tough parts you have to overcome

  • How to get clients

  • Where to get business help


Yes, you can freelance outside of the city with Ellenor Day

Tue, Oct 5, 2021, 2:00 PM

if you’ve been wanting to escape Sydney or Melbourne for a while, Ellenor has great news for you. You can run a successful freelance business without needing to be in a big city.

Forget about the myth all the good jobs go to the in-house people.

Ellenor will talk you through:

  • How you can make your dreams of living regionally and running a successful freelance business a reality.

  • In this special presentation, Ellenor will talk you through:

  • How to look for work outside where you live

  • Making a case for your skills and expertise

  • Setting up your systems to work for you

  • How to manage your clients without face-to-face access

  • How to maintain resilience without the big city networks


How to get over the redundancy heartbreak with Rebekah Lambert

Fri, Oct 15, 2021, 10:00 AM

Not all freelance festival subjects are about the tangible skills. Sometimes, you need to heal first.

Starting at 5am for a cross-continental teleconference and sometimes finishing as late as 11pm at night, Rebekah Lambert thought she’d found the place she could grow, invest and love all at the same time.

Little did she know that despite the work she did, the praise she got, and fulfillment gained, she was simply a line in someone else’s balance sheet.

This is a very real story about how someone said goodbye to a beloved career and never fell quite so hard again.

In this special session, you’ll learn:

  • How to cope with the heartache of workplace rejection

  • Where the temptations might lie

  • What are the better ways forward

  • Who you are without work matters

  • How to reinvent your relationship with work

  • Why heartbreak can be great for freelancing


Where to find freelance leads (it’s not where you think!) with Kate O’Mealley

Wed, Oct 20, 2021, 10:00 AM

Kate O’Mealley is a writer, content specialist and coach who knows a thing or two about snuffling out a great lead.

In this special presentation, Kate will take you through:

  • The different styles of work available

  • How to find jobs

  • How to build networks to grow your business

  • Why word of mouth is powerful

  • How to ask for work without feeling the cringe


Starting your freelance finances off in the right direction with Holly Shoebridge)

Wed, Oct 27, 2021, 11:00 AM

Want to start your freelance adventure on the right financial footing? Have we got a presentation for you!

Join accountant Holly Shoebridge for a presentation on how to:

  • Set yourself up for success right from the get go

  • Commonly asked questions about GST, BAS and more

  • How accountants can help your business flourish

  • Common early stage mistakes (and how to avoid them)

  • Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when it comes to the financial side of your new freelance business


Why leadership is a big part of freelance success (for yourself and others) with Rach Smith

Wed, Oct 27, 2021, 1:00 PM

Rachel Smith has turned her connections in journalism to not only a viable career for herself but also a sought-out resource for others.

Let Rachel explain why you need to grab the mantle with freelancing with both hands and lead, baby, lead.

In this special interview, Rach will talk about:

  • The importance of leading your own freelance career

  • The rise of the freelance executive (especially post-Covid)

  • How to lead your clients through to a successful project completion

  • Why leadership within freelancing matters

  • Freelance leadership on your terms

  • How to improve your leadership skills


I’d love to see you come along to our freelance festival. Bring your friends, share it with your neighbours, bring the whole town. And LMK the stories of people needing help so I can add more classes and resources as it all unfolds. <3


About the Freelance Jungle:

The Freelance Jungle is an award-winning grassroots community that helps Australian freelancers navigate working for yourself in real terms. We focus on ending the isolation inherent in freelancing, reminding you stress has a productivity cost, raising the knowledge bar and advocacy. We are the 2019 winners of the Wayahead NSW Mental Health Matters Workplace Wellbeing award. We offer a regular educational roster of free and Patreon subsidised interviews, courses and presentations. Our virtual networking offers regular stress downs, dress up lunches and crafternoons. And (when we’re not doing the COVID dance) we’ve run over 100 in person events in Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth. Find out more at our website


The Freelance Jungle redundancy program has been made possible through the generosity of Good2Give and Facebook Australia. As part of a grant, this program aims to provide people affected by COVID, the bushfires and the economic downturn within Australia to transition from employment to freelancing. It includes the opportunity to learn from people who have already faced redundancy as well as those flourishing in their fields.

The Freelance Jungle has a Facebook community, virtual catch-ups for stress reduction and networking, and a commitment to education via podcasts, blogs, and online learning.



Mailing Address:
The Freelance Jungle
PO Box 68
NSW 2528