Frequently asked questions:
Q: How does The Freelance Collective work?
A: We promote top Australian freelance talent, so it’s free and easy for businesses to find you, reach out direct and start building relationships with you.
Q: Who can list their services on the site?
A: Australian freelancers working in the creative sector. We refer to them as laptop-toting creatives. There’s more than 25 creative skills listed on our platform, so make sure you list yourself under your specialist skill, so you’re easy to find.
Q: Why do you need to approve my profile?
A: We curate our community to keep quality high – we want to make sure you’re based in Australia, and that you’re great at what you do.
Q: Why should I add my profile?
Because, you get:
- Your own profile page – tell your story, add work samples, videos etc
- Access to our private online community group to communicate and form relationships with the freelancers listed – which often lead to collaborations and job-sharing
- Newcomers are featured on the home page
- Inspiration sent to your inbox
- You’ll improve your search engine ranking, and ability to get found by clients
- Discounts to products that can help your freelance career
- The chance to guest blog for us
Q: How do I create my own profile?
A: Just click on the Get My Profile page and you’re there. Give as much or as little information as you like. We’ve also created a space for you to add samples of your work, a video, your social media links or whatever else you’d like to add to appeal to potential clients.
Q: How long does it take to approve my profile?
A: A few hours at most, usually. You’ll receive an email when your profile has been made live.
Q: What does it cost?
A: It’s $9/month for us to host your profile, deducted from your PayPal account each month. Or, sign up for 12 months for $99.
Q: Can I edit my profile once it’s made live?
A: Yes. You’ve created a login and we encourage you to update your profile every few months.
Q: Can I cancel my profile page if I change my mind?
A: Yes, of course. Just log in and hit ‘delete profile’. Or cancel your PayPal payment and we’ll remove you.
Q: Do I have to submit my shot in black and white or a certain size?
A: No, just upload your picture and the site will do the rest for you.
Q: Who created The Freelance Collective?
A: The concept began with an idea from Australian freelance business journalist Nina Hendy, which led to many conversations with other creative freelancers, who built this unique platform to promote top Australian freelance talent so freelancers to connect, no matter where in Australia they’re based. We’ve set out to create a place for freelancers to share their story so that clients can reach out direct. We’ve enjoyed strong industry support, including from The Walkley Foundation, Media Super, accounting platform Rounded and MOO so far.
Q: I want to hire a quality Australian creative freelancer. What do I do?
A: Search our members by using the search tab to narrow your look for the skills you’re after. All their contact details are listed – so reach out direct to the freelancer with the skills you’re seeking. You might even like to invite two or three to quote on your next project.
Q: I’d prefer you to search for the right talent for me? Can you do that?
Q: We sure can. Send us a few details about your project at the top of the home page and we’ll pull together a shortlist of skilled and interested freelance candidates from our community and sent it over to you within 24 hours.
Q: I’d like to write a blog for The Freelance Collective. Who do I contact?
A: We welcome contact from relevant brands, businesses or services that might have an offering that offers value to Australian freelancers. Contact the site editor at firstname.lastname@example.org with a suggested topic and we’ll be in touch.
Q: I need help. Who do I contact?
A: Shoot your question to email@example.com and we’ll sort it out for you.