The SAFREAN Bringing you the latest news in South African freelancing
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR
I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. What a privilege it is to continue to be able to write about SAFREA's achievements on a monthly basis. I hope you'll take a minute to read about all that we've been up to.
I'm excited to announce that we have an official 'legal partner' at SAFREA. Legalese, a South African creative legal agency, provides packages for freelancers that cover consultation, terms of engagement (i.e. contracts and other legal advice/documents), as well as IP protection consultation and strategy. They also produce content on freelance-relevant legal topics and support:. We're looking forward to what this partnership will mean for SAFREA members. Keep an eye out for developments as things heat up!
SAFREA members have been hard at work finalising our new Rates Card with the support of SAFREA executive committee member, Bazil Raubach. Stay tuned!
The Western Cape is putting on a great regional event this month. If you're in town at the end of October, you won't want to miss our #PitchThisStory event in Langa. Check out the details in our 'upcoming events' section, below. Also, see our 'SAFREA in the news' section to read our press release on the event.
If you're scratching your head, wondering who's behind all these great initiatives, it's time to realise the truth: it ain't Santa.
Guys! It's SAFREA members, just like you and me, volunteering their time to move this association forward. So, if you'd like to kick you relationship with SAFREA up a notch, we encourage you to speak to your regional committees to see how you can become more active as a member. And, if you're keen to join your regional committee, get in touch with them. I know they'd love to have you. See the list of regional committee members, here.
Remember, SAFREA is exactly what WE put into it.
Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to another groundbreaking month for all SAFREA freelancers!
SAFREA IN THE NEWS
Not sure if you've noticed, but we've had a lot going on recently. Here's a quick look back at a very productive month.
Gauteng South Offers Key Freelancing Lessons: Video Production 101 On Saturday 1 October, a bunch of Safreans gathered in the Library at the Brazen Head pub in Sandton, Johannesburg, to hear about how rank amateurs can produce reasonably watchable videos. If you didn't make it to the event (or if you did, but forgot to take notes), be sure to check out the review.
Look out for more news and updates on the SAFREA website and social media outlets.
Tuesday, 18 October, 8:30am-11:30am SAFREA KZN presents: Making Sense of Social Media SAFREA is excited to host Ann Druce, highly successful strategist, specialising in content marketing. Learn how to use social selling to build your network and your credibility with great effect. Follow the headline link for details.
Sunday, 30 October, 10am-12pm SAFREA Western Cape Presents: #PitchThisStory Event in Langa Join us for a Sunday in Langa on 30 October. We'll be hosting our #PitchThisStory event at ikhaya Le Langa in the morning and encourage everyone to come through to hear our great guest speakers and enjoy the Open Streets festival going on all day. Visit the link for all the details.
GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?
Guys, we've got partners who need content! If you've got an idea and some time to write about it, send us your words! And if you need some inspiration, get in touch – we're happy to brainstorm with you.
We want to help get your name out there, and exposure on our partner sites is a great place to start!
This month, we're featuring Wayne Banks, freelance Art/Creative Director. With over 16 years of advertising experience (including 10 years at Ogilvy in JHB), Wayne's worked on some major accounts. He recently returned to the Western Cape following a five-year stint in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
You'll find the link to Wayne's newly launched online portfolio, as well as details on how to get in touch with him directly, by visiting his SAFREA profile, here.
Did you know that as a spotlighted member, Wayne will now be featured on all of SAFREA's social media platforms. How great is that? What a way to get exposure as a freelancer.
It's about time you ask yourself: how's my profile looking?
We checked in with last month's featured member, Eugene Yiga, who had this to say about being featured in the SAFREAN:
"It was an honour to be featured in the SAFREAN. Being a member of the organisation has been invaluable for my work; not only because I have access to some of the country's best minds when I need help on a story or general career advice, but because it's great to contribute what I've learned so that others can benefit too."
Correction: In our last newsletter, Eugene Yiga's first name was misspelled. We trust all has been forgiven.
FREELANCING TIP OF THE MONTH
At SAFREA, we're always on the lookout for time-saving tricks and business insights to help our members take their careers to the next level.
We all want to be associated with a reliable, accredited organisation, so it’s our goal to make sure your name stands out. That means, giving you the tools you need to succeed.
This month, we look at a great way to find and post events in your area:
Meetup.com provides groups and individuals with an online platform to organise. As a freelancer, you'll find networking events close by, as well as community events and workshops that are just plain cool.
We get it, freelancing can be a lonely career at times. Meetup.com forces you to kick back from your desk (we know, there's always more work), stretch your talking muscles, and go mingle with like-minded people. Or try something completely random – join a social media intro group or attend a software development event. There's a brave new world out there and it's all happening on meetup.com.
Now, you might be asking yourself, Hey! How does SAFREA know so much about Meetup.com? Well, it just so happens that we post all of our upcoming regional events there and actually gain a much larger turnout because of this wider reach. So, hop on over to their site: www.meetup.com and try it out for yourself. Be sure to look out for SAFREA events in your region posted on Meetup.com.
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