Unashamedly Creative

Celebrating this here freelance and business life

Originally, this show was going to be called "unashamedly hacking through the business jungle" on account it mixed together my three (yes 3) business endeavours- Unashamedly Creative, Hacking Happiness and the Freelance Jungle. But it suddenly dawned that it sounded like a D grade reality TV about coders forced to live in the wilds of the Queensland Hinterland and get naked with their laptops. Not really sure anyone wants to see that. This is your show to tune into tips on how to crack the freelance and business matrix and not lose your mind to stress in the process. It may also contain traces of my frustration as a working freelancer in Australia. As well as multiple ideas that I should probably have kept to myself but have chosen to air. Here's hoping some of this is useful.

A small squeal of excitement echoed through the Freelance Jungle recently. It was when Bek realised she finally had an accountant ready to step up and give hungry freelance minds a taste of financial advice. 

Now, we'll be able to ask some questions, get some resources and unravel a few financial mysteries in this here Freelance Jungle in a special virtual event! 

We'll be looking at common questions such as:  
1) EOFY, BAS and the ATO (and other scary sounding acronyms)  
2) The benefits of having an accountant or bookkeeper by your side  
3) Ways to save and get yourself organised for thing such as credit lines and home loans 
4) Avenues you can investigate to make your finances and financial advisors work better for you 
5) Common mistakes made by freelancers in our BAS and how to avoid them 
6) How to survive the knee knocking moments like a bigger than expected tax debt, audit and more 
7) How to work out things like profit & loss and start reinvesting in your business the smart way

THIS SESSION WAS RECORDED IN FRONT OF A VIRTUAL AUDIENCE. 

ABOUT CRISTINA

Drawing on over 15 years experience in the finance and accounting industry, Cristina works with businesses to develop processes and systems to increase efficiency and give decision makers access to key financial indicators. 
Since 2010, she's been partnering with businesses, providing them with bookkeeping and financial management assistance, short term projects to implement new programs, and consulting arrangements.

Her philosophy is to focus on each client’s specific needs to deliver a consistent, high quality service, develop long-term partnerships and help clients grow. You can catch Cristina and crew via http://vixenbusiness.com.au/ 


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Every so often, a story comes along that begs to be told. That is the story of our next Zoom participant, Kylie Travers. 

Kylie and I met through the Freelance Jungle as I tapped and poked at her determination to only accept work you felt you were worth. Agreeing with Kylie yet in a mood to test this resolve, I asked strong questions. She never shied away and convinced me of her ability and nous when it came to asking for what she was worth. 

Ambling around the internet in another group, I found the very same person sharing candidly, honestly and with respect her story of moving from homeless domestic violence survivor to self employed CEO. Her aim was to inspire other women, squash the stigma and assumptionsurrounding both homelessness and family violence. And to give hope to those who found themselves facing adversity of all kinds that things can and do get better. 

It was then I knew I had to bring Kylie to the virtual talks part of the Jungle to share her story. 

THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED IN FRONT OF A VIRTUAL AUDIENCE. 

ABOUT KYLIE: 
Kylie Travers has gone from homeless single mother because of domestic violence to multi-international award winning CEO. Kylie has a passion for travel, finance and her family. She has turned her obstacles into opportunities, been an advocate for various charities and now focuses on writing, public speaking and mentoring about goals, motivation, travel, finance and the steps to take to create a life you love. 

Her methods have enabled many to increase their income, travel more, increase time with their family and in general live happy, fulfilling lives. Through what she has achieved Kylie has won numerous awards. 

She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and you can find her athttp://www.kylietravers.com.au/

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Working with agencies can be a tricky thing to manage. But luckily, we've got Sarah Morton to learn from. Sarah is the chosen go-to gal for many an agency when they're looking for great copy and content. And she's kindly denoting some time out of her super busy schedule to give you the ins, outs and tips on how you can work with agencies as well. 

ABOUT SARAH: 

Sarah is an SEO copywriter and brand storyteller based in Sydney, who helps companies engage their audience and inspire them to buy. She works with digital, design, advertising and government agencies, as well as a range of leading brands across the tourism, non-profit, healthcare, finance and consumer lifestyle industries. You can find Sarah on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

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