The SAFREAN: February Newsletter
Bringing you the latest news in South African freelancing
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR
Can you believe it's already February 2017? In the mad rush that is the first few weeks of the new year, I encourage you to take a few minutes to enjoy being a freelance media professional. Even if it's just one project a month that gets you smiling - take it on. Let it remind you why you got into the industry in the first place.
Like everyone else, SAFREA has had a busy start to the year. Our first annual Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report has received quite a bit of media coverage. And thanks to you, it's been shared across multiple social media platforms. Not only does this report give us the opportunity to talk about SAFREA, but it also draws attention to the realities of being in this business.
If you haven't read the full report, you can check out the press release plus all the great coverage we've received via BizCommunity, Media Update, SAFM and The Marketing Site to name a few, in our SAFREA in the News
Lastly, if you're a student member of SAFREA, please take a moment to fill out this survey, here. Your answers will help us gain valuable insights as to what you expect from SAFREA and how we can best assist you. Deadline is this Friday (10 February) so please do it today!
Looking ahead to the rest of this year, we hope to continue getting the SAFREA name out there, to bring in new members and to support the freelance industry. That said we want to say thanks to you - we appreciate all that you do as members to make SAFREA a great organisation.
Here's to a productive and enjoyable month!
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.
- SAFREA supports CPJ and jailed journalists worldwide
Read our first press release of 2017, which features a link to the CPJ's 2016 prison census documenting the 259 journalists currently jailed worldwide.
- SAFREA supports PEN SA's coverage on press freedom
On that topic, check out SAFREA's second press release of the year, which highlights PEN SA's commitment to supporting journalistic freedoms and includes a report of their latest findings.
- SAFREA releases first-ever freelance media trends and income report
And to kick the media freelancing year off with a bang, we've introduced SAFREA's first-ever media trends and income report, which you can read all about on our website.
- This release has also been featured on The Marketing Site.
- SAFREA featured in BizCommunity article
Check out the additional coverage we received over at BizCommunity, where SAFREA Chair Laura Rawden was interviewed in an article titled: "All about freelancing in the SA media industry."
- SAFREA featured in Media Update article
SAFREA Chair Laura Rawden was also interviewed by Media Update regarding the report in an article titled: "SAFREA’s first Freelance Media Trends and Income Report offers hope."
- Podcast -SAFREA chair speaks with SAFM
SAFM approached SAFREA to discuss the recently released freelance media trends and income report. SAFREA Chair Laura Rawden speaks with SAFM's Ashraf Garda about the report and the state of freelancing in South Africa.
Look out for more news and updates on the SAFREA website and social media outlets.
- SAFREA KZN is having a networking meeting!
Come and put your clever hands together to help us plan an exciting schedule for 2017. We'll be meeting at the Blue Zoo on Valentine's Day (Tuesday, 14 February) at 8:30 for a 9am start. Please RSVP to (firstname.lastname@example.org). This event is free to everyone.
- Keep an eye out for details on an upcoming SAFREA Gauteng North event scheduled for later this month.
This month, we're featuring Nyakallo Makgoba, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, photojournalist and social media expert. Nyakallo is using his formal education, along with his personal views and experiences in South Africa's young democracy, to shape his passion for photography. Nyakallo writes on his profile: "But through art all that we’ve accumulated during our many (or few) years alive can be shared, allowing the artificial divides of race, gender and wealth to fall away."
Read more about Nyakallo, and find the link to his design venture as well as his contact details by visiting his SAFREA profile, here.
Did you know that as a spotlighted member, Nyakallo 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?
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 for you to boost your freelancing income:
Check out Fiverr.com!
"Fiverr is the world's largest freelance services marketplace." If you offer a digital skill, go ahead and market it on Fiverr. While jobs start at $5 a gig, there's no limit to how much business you can attract using this great platform. It takes hard work and commitment, but once you fine tune your area of expertise and get going with a few clients, you'll be surprised by how much work comes your way.
But don't take our word for it, check out this recent Forbes article on how Fiverr freelancers are raking in the big bucks, here.
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