Why socialise with usOnline and in person, find out why people choose our Australian freelance events
WHY SOCIALISE WITH US?
As far as Australian freelance events go, we’re a little different. You won’t be subjected to limp pitches and equally limp sales pitches. Nor will you have to duck business cards as they are flung like ninja stars in the vague hope the sales patter sticks.
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. It’s grown to offering networking and in person events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Wollongong on a regular basis. Perth and Adelaide have the occasional event and we’re always up for starting a chapter in your town or city.
We also offer virtual Australian freelance events once a month as a stress relief via video calls.
The low sales, high support ethos
One of the significant differences about the Freelance Jungle is that while we network, the focus is not on sales. We believe that the last thing you need is yet another sales pitch. Instead, we focus on conversation and community. That way, stronger, natural relationships result from our Australian freelance events by building real connections and networks.
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. This isolation often eroded confidence, resilience and fed self-doubt.
A lack of shared knowledge
Unlike other working environments, freelancers don’t have the trusted colleague, helpful boss or team to share with. This meant there was no-one to share knowledge with or get a second opinion from.
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 people together for Australian freelance events and a chat over a drink or a meal, the feelings of isolation are addressed. Through encouraging the community to share their knowledge, we’ve also created a culture of integrity in the advice given. If a Freelance Jungle member asks a question, it’s not about self-promotion over assistance or shoe-horning in a bad sales pitch. It’s about providing real advice and assistance.
We focus on inclusive Australian freelance events online and in person to maintain a community focus that helps us all learn from each connection and conversation.
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.
The Freelance Jungle builds community so we can benefit in the long term.