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[ways to make money from home fast]Freelance Voices: MASH Shares The Stories Of Australian Freelancers

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  This is the second article in our series “Freelance Voices,” and celebrates the experience of freelancers in Australia. As a side project to the Global Survey on Freelancing the Agile Talent Collaborative is leading together with the University of Toronto, I’m inviting platforms in different countries to share their freelancers’ experience: the work, life, challenges, and the impact of remote work and Covid. For Australia, which boasted over four million full- and part-time freelancers in 2015, and continued to grow rapidly since then, it’s my pleasure to introduce Mash, a fast growing freelance platform operating from Melbourne, working across SE Asia and globally, and collaborating with clients like Breitling and ONE Championship. MASH is disrupting traditional marketing and advertising agency work, and delivering innovative solutions to great companies in Australia, Europe and the US. Although the Mash platform includes a rich mix of senior independent professionals from many countries, this report focuses on their Australian freelancers.

  Here are some of the Australian freelance voices from the MASH community:

  Siona Singletary, Strategist

  “I’ve had an incredible two year run as a freelancer. I went out on my own to immerse myself in different ways of thinking and problem solving; it’s been satisfying to be able to fully achieve that. Now it’s time for a change. Change is what keeps you on your toes in this industry.”

  Anna Fullerton, Art Director

  “I freelance to supplement a 4-day-a-week role, so I’m lucky; I don’t experience the freelance downsides. For me, freelancing allows me to hone in on the type of work I want to be doing, or on projects in which I can express more of my style. In an agency you don’t get to choose your briefs, and can get stuck working on one client, leaving you with a folio full of work that doesn’t reflect your creativity. By adding some freelance I can shape the type of work I want to attract in the long run. The combination of jobs can mean no days off sometimes, so I have to be careful to avoid burnout.”

  Rich Akers, Creative Director

  “Just a few months into my freelance digital nomad-hood I’ve realized that creativity benefits as much from rest any other muscle does. Creativity for me is a sprint, better in short sharp bursts than marathons, and more rewarding as a result. Waking up in new places doesn’t hurt either – when your mind is opened up to new experiences, it’s in the perfect state to come up with the next big idea.”

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  Delia Mennell, Art Director/Designer

  “With freelancing there is no room for complacency. As Steve Jobs said, “stay hungry”, and that’s what freelancing is about. It keeps you on your toes, but at the same time there is a sense of excitement and challenge with each new project, which I believe is vital to creativity.”

  Henry Trumble, Photographer

  “The freedom of freelancing comes with a formidable opponent: yourself. The key is to know how and when you work best, how to make time for creativity and to build the confidence to say no to work that isn’t helping you achieve your goals.”

  Kat Berg, Graphic Designer

  “Freelancing is difficult at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Each week is different, I’m constantly learning and I get to work with some incredibly talented people. It’s also given me the freedom to work and live where I want, which is an awesome life hack.”

  Frank Yang, Video Production

  “It can be greatly rewarding to see a project come to life, or the experience can be riddled with self-doubt and uncertainty. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Freelancing allows me to find the perfect balance of doing what I love, what I’m good at. It also happens to be what the world needs and something I can get paid for! The perfect ikigai.”

  Dave Lydiard, Creative Director

  “Freelancing gives me the opportunity to flex my creative muscles and experiment away from my day job. I only take on side projects that genuinely excite me and fill my cup. The little extra walking around money is nice too.”

  Audrey Lee, Social Media Manager

  “What I love most about freelancing is the absolute freedom of location independence; I can make a living anywhere I want with little more than my laptop and internet connection. The diversity of clients and brands I get to work on is also a huge plus, ranging from tourism to health, FMCG and tech, and not being bound by a single desk job.”

  Caren Ng, Project Manager

  “The best part of being a freelancer is that it satisfies my home life and work life. I have the luxury of doing the laundry during my ‘break and working out in my home gym to wake me up before my Zoom meeting. It’s not work-life balance when you just enjoy living life!”

  Megan Riley, Creative

  “For me, the workload has always been a bit ‘feast or famine’. This can be discombobulating, but it’s also given me time to explore passion projects and start up a side business. I’d like things to be a little less up and down, and a bit more curvy lined…”

  Wendy Syfret, Writer

  “I’m really aware of the relationship between time and money. Working a regular job I had no control over how they interacted. I was trapped in a cycle out of my control: I worked a lot to pay for an expensive lifestyle that I needed to justify how much I worked. Freelancing returns control. I make considered choices around how I view time and money to create a life that is informed by my values, not someone else’s.”

  Kashi Somers, Creative Leader

  “For me, freelancing uncaps possibilities. Some find full-time roles comforting, but I see them as a huge limitation. A “job“ doesn’t let me collaborate freely, pitch to dream clients just because I can, and definitely doesn’t give me a chance of an uncapped salary or life work boundaries.”

  Kara ter Morsche, Copywriter

  “Freelancing is… living in the now. It’s the excitement of each new ‘blank page’. It’s imposter syndrome. It’s stopping mid-walk, mid-sleep to write creative ideas in your notes app. It’s new people. New perspectives. New conversations. It’s uncertain, but exhilarating. And when you get great client feedback? There’s nothing better.”

  Michael, Director/Cinematographer

  “For me, freelancing is the freedom to experience multiple worlds in one career. One day I might be on set overseas, then back at home writing pitches to another day filming in a studio. The challenges- uncertainty, pricing, support or lack thereof- are there, but they are outweighed by personal and project freedom.”

  Ainsley Pope, Strategic communications

  “I work a hybrid part-time permanent and freelance work life. This is off the back of 20 years in consulting, consumer and corporate worlds. The hybrid style means my clients and part-time employer benefit from diverse and real-time insights that would otherwise only be accessible through research and networking. I brokered this working model when I learned that my personal value proposition is my greatest currency to trade with.”

  Join us for future editions of Freelance Voices

  Watch for new editions of Freelance Voices, posted monthly, and sharing the experiences and insights of freelancers around the world. Next up are the voices of freelancers in Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, the UAE and other countries.

  According to research by McKinsey and others, more than 200 million individuals around the world have adopted freelance as a full-or part-time choice, in order to supplement their income, move into a new field, or begin to build a company of their own. These freelancers are investing in their future, caring for their families, and creating value for their clients and colleagues. It’s an honor to tell the stories of these pioneers.

  Viva la revolution!