15 Mar 2019
This series will offer insights from four entrepreneurs covering four very different industries. In this installment, we will hear from Nina Hendy, founder of The Freelance Collective.
Entrepreneurs in Focus: Q&A with Nina Hendy
Name: Nina Hendy
Business: The Freelance Collective
I knew exactly what the problem was – great freelance talent was hard to find. Clients were committing huge resources to finding the right freelancer for their project. And I felt that I had the solution. After pondering it further and then speaking with other freelancers about the benefits of such a platform for Australian freelancers, I knew The Freelance Collective was a concept that would be embraced by the Australian freelancer community. I felt compelled to take action and have the platform built, and the concept has helped freelancers stand out and be discovered by new clients that would have struggled to find them otherwise.
To continue to grow the community. I would also love to find an angel investor to help The Freelance Collective pursue some new marketing goals in 2019.
Technology! Knowing how to handle site issues has been tough – I started out knowing not much more than how to update my own much more basic website, but have learned a lot along the way, and have a great team of professionals to help when issues arise.
Times have changed so much since I was starting out in my career as a journalist. Living costs are higher, purchasing your first home is almost impossible and there's also the push to pursue a steady job. Leaving all that behind to go out on your own can be a daunting process. However, if you've got a skill that others want, you should definitely try your hand at freelancing. It's incredibly rewarding.
Getting to know new freelancers, and watching incredible collaborations happen that are both financially rewarding for the freelancer and open doors to new client relationships that in turn has helped freelancers to grow their business.
Don't leave your day job just yet. Build your business while working in your current job, and once you've grown it to be financially sustainable, then make the leap. Yes, it's hard work, but unless you're prepared to put in the hours and face the possibility of failure, then entrepreneurial life might not be right for you. Also – believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you.