What the ACCC’s new rules on ‘unfair contracts’ mean for freelancers

From today, new rules come into force that are designed to protect small businesses from unfair contracts. Here Antonia Mochan from Freelance Australia sets out what the new rules say and what you should look for to make sure you are being treated fairly. New rules come into force today that apply to standard form contracts. That’s any contract where you don’t really get a say in the content. We’ve all been there: You: “I’d like to include a clause on payment milestones” Client: “Sorry, that’s our standard contract, I can’t make any changes.” You: *sigh* The rule are for […]

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Find out the secrets to communicating with your (prospective) clients

Find out the secrets to communicating with your (prospective) clients

Rachel and Dylan will be will be talking through these concepts at the workshop on  October 4. Book here. Communicating the value of your expertise as a freelancer will see you enjoy a more productive relationship with your clients and the bills paid.  Two experienced freelancers, public relations specialist Rachel Service and motion graphics designer Dylan Mercer will be holding a workshop for Freelance Australia in Melbourne on October 4. Dylan shares here an insight into what participants can expect. Rachel and I are both freelancers yet work at two very different ends of the spectrum. One thing we do share are […]

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Four steps to freedom – how we ditched the 9-to-5 to travel the world

Four steps to freedom – how we ditched the 9-to-5 to travel the world

We’re delighted to have Catherine Toms of Smithfield Digital writing for us about her experience as a digital nomad. She and husband Stephen are running a Digital Nomad Masterclass at General Assembly on 8 September for those that are keen to gain a deeper insight into what it means to head off on the road and work at the same time. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to trade it all in for simpler times and sunnier climes? To jump off the conveyor belt of life and press pause? One day, we’d give up the 9-5, the commute […]

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Negotiating your rates – a few ideas

Negotiating your rates – a few ideas

General Assembly Melbourne recently hosted an event on Career Negotiation Strategies and invited me to help out, by running one of the discussion sessions. Though not targeted at freelancers particularly, I was interested to hear the keynote: we know from our events with freelancers that knowing what rate to set, and negotiating that with clients is one of their biggest worries. So here are the top freelance-relevant tips I took from the keynote speech by Johnathan Maltby, career and personal branding coach: Present your value, not your needs – when thinking about rates, some websites suggest working out how much […]

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3 Types of People Freelancers Should Network With Next Year

3 Types of People Freelancers Should Network With Next Year

I tend to meet anywhere between 10 to 30 new people each week at various meetups across Melbourne. Most of whom I speak to are interested in one of two things: networks, the content or both. You can spot the ones who go for purely ‘networking’ component almost immediately. Disengaged from the event’s core subject matter, they proceed to making as many introductions as they can, often drawing themselves to other primary networkers, whether they’re useful or relevant to your business or not. At first, it feels great. You engage in what seems like a seemingly important and active conversation, […]

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