Why join SAFREA?
Why is SAFREA valuable for freelancers in southern Africa? We provide everything from resources to support to community for freelancers which they would not get anywhere else. Here are some of our biggest attractions:
Freelancers need to discuss and share experiences, get advice from more experienced freelancers, find mentoring opportunities, and access a forum to celebrate or seek a shoulder to cry on. We sometimes need encouragement, and at other times we are in a position to give our encouragement to others.
As a Safrean you become part of a virtual group of like-minded people, freelancers like yourself, who understand the challenges of being self-employed, finding clients and keeping clients, setting rates, writing contracts, filing taxes, handling non-paying customers, the legal aspects of freelancing, dealing with an overload of work, getting through the quiet times, how to market and grow business... and much more.
All of this happens on our very active online forum, accessible to members only.
Safreans have regular regional meetings, where we rub shoulders and network, and usually have an invited speaker to share topics of interest. We currently have branches in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town and are looking to establish new branches where freelancers need us.
Sharing the workload
Safrean freelancers do business with one another. Networking and getting to know each other in person at meetings plays an important role in this respect. It should be made clear that SAFREA is not a job agency. As freelancers, we find our own business but may share when the work becomes too much, or when we need additional services that our expertise doesn't cover.
The life of a freelancer can be lonely and rather isolated. We often work from home offices and spend long hours working on our laptops.
Discount on training courses
SAFREA offers regular discounts on training courses like those hosted by the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ).
Interaction with other media organisations
SAFREA interacts with other groups of freelancers who are part of the Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners (LAMP), including the South African Science Journalists' Association (Sasja), the Professional Editors' Group (PEG), the South African Translators Institute (Sati) and the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB).
Safrea is a valuable resource – be it needing help with information, a source or contact when on deadline, or a competent someone to take on some work, advise on work related issues or simply someone to commiserate with you.
- Shaz Davis, long-standing SAFREA member
Read more about what SAFREA members have to say about the organisation here.