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Why I'm Publishing My Freelance Terms and Conditions

Why I'm Publishing My Freelance Terms and Conditions

Essentially, I want to communicate how I operate best as a freelancer, and strengthen the relationship I have with my clients. If I'm getting results and my clients are happy, why can't I work the way I do best? 

Advice from Jack Donaghy

Advice from Jack Donaghy

The best from 30 Rock's favourite TV and microwave oven programming exec, Mr. John Francis "Jack" Donaghy.

Edgeware's Do Well Conference

Over the weekend I attended my second Edgeware event. It was definitely a winner and I must firstly thank Sarah Moran for sponsoring my ticket to the conference. Unfortunately though, I was off to a bad start due to a clash with Friday evening traffic heading to Suncorp Stadium for the Broncos vs Cowboys rugby league game. Despite leaving home half an hour early I was forty-five minutes late when I stepped off the bus from the city! Cutting a long story short, I became so fearful of the time I was spending not yet at the venue among drunken football fans in the street I chose to take the safe route home again, thus missing out on the initial networking session and Map Magazine's Carl Lindgren.

The next morning I was welcomed warmly by the darling Nat Duncan, Edgeware director Michael Doneman and various Brisbane Twitter friends. I filled out a brief profile on myself and stuck it to the physical network of string and people on the wall of Substation 4 and immediately felt connected; even before meeting the majority of conference attendees! Later I was to learn this was part of reknowned Brisbane photographer Mark Lobo's Six Degrees project. Can't wait to see the outcomes!

Saturday's speakers were:

Sunday composed of:

The weekend was very well-planned, very appropriate for the broad range of attendees and made excellent use of Edgeware's kick-arse motto of Make money, have fun, change the world. I was inspired, validated and motivated (even to the point that I wanted to leave abruptly in order to act upon plans!). It was a very comfortable environment, which is sometimes difficult to achieve at conferences. Not that Edgeware has ever had such a problem at all!

To finish up, I acknowledge the lovely Ludmilla Doneman and her volunteers for the fantastic catering, and I'd like to share a collection of my favourite quotes from the weekend. Such gems!

  • "Are you in it for the idea or are you in it for business?" - Samantha Jockel
  • "Be honest with what you don't know. Start with what you do know." - Leesa Watego
  • "Only when you love good coffee can you make good coffee." - London advertising slogan, via Paul Natorp's presentation
  • "Don't ask for help; ask for advice." - Amanda Jackes
  • "Know who you are so that you know what you need." - Samantha Jockel
  • "If you don't fit your imagined entrepreneur then you must re-imagine what you want your lived entrepreneur to be." - Leesa Watego
  • "Sometimes it's easier to seek forgiveness later on than it is to seek permission." - Amanda Jackes
  • "Whatever criticism you receive, turn it into a greater asset." - Paul Natorp

Hiatus until 2009

Woah, long time no blog.  During the holiday period, I ended up developing my event skills with the catering company I work for. This paid the rent and very much increased my passion for the industry and my job. Plus I was busy organising my birthday bash held just last weekend. It was fantastic; my best birthday ever. The catering was perfect, the venue superb, the staff wonderful and the guests enjoyed themselves. It all just ended too soon and I wish there were more photos taken.

The garage sale has not happened yet either but it is still in my mind of course. I've been strung out with work and now I am three weeks into my final semester in my event studies with major assessment roaring towards me! Lots to do for the next two months at least.

This is why I am putting Jensen Events on hold for a while. It might even cease to exist as I will never be able to run this up to the standard I desire without the skills of another person or two on board. This is not yet a call for a partner or team, but one day down the track there is the possibility when I am ready to kick start JE as an actual business, rather than the start-up or "initiative" that I call it.


Active ABN and Garage Plans

I have an active Australian Business Number. Hurrah!  In addition, I am in the beginning stages of planning a garage sale market for the Brisbane western suburbs. This may or may not include live music, catering, theming, dress ups, competitions, an auction and of course, thrift item sales. If you are interested in assisting in some way or contributing goods for sale, please e-mail me for more details. I am hoping to organise this over the next few months, so that I may hold the event after winter is (God willing!) over in September. So I'm thinking school holidays as well.

I am finishing up all my exams this week, so in place of these I will be hitting the JE books hard from now on. Exciting stuff!