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The 5 biggest mistakes that freelancers make – and how to avoid them

Mistakes are easy to make. But when you’re starting out as a freelancer, inexperience can lead you into some common traps, which can hamper your progress as a business or cause you stress and delay. In this article, we take a look at the biggest and most common freelancer mistakes, and how to avoid them. Mistake #1: Not having a

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What do I do if a client is unhappy with my work?

It’s a situation every freelancer dreads: a client isn’t satisfied with the way their work has been done. But mistakes and misunderstandings are part of everyday working life and there’s no need to panic. How you respond to the situation makes a big difference.  The best outcome is for you to work with your client to fix mistakes and make

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A graduate’s guide to becoming a freelancer

Hey, congratulations, scholar! Donning that cap and gown and finally getting your mitts on that degree certificate is a huge rite-of-passage. But amidst the champagne, proud parents and tearful goodbyes, there’s also that niggling feeling: oh my goodness, what do I do next? If your time at uni is nearly over, you’ll be starting to consider your next career move.

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Freelancer goals: how to be a more productive freelancer

Productivity takes on a whole new meaning when you start freelancing. A survey by Vouchercloud suggested that the average UK office worker is productive for just 2 hours 53 minutes of their standard 9-5! But when you’re self-employed, every second is precious – because if you’re not working, you’re not earning. Making the most of your working hours and ensuring

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What insurance cover should I consider as a freelance writer?

We know that as a freelance writer, self-employed business insurance might fall down your list of priorities. You’d rather concentrate on the words – not worry about the “what ifs” of a freelancer lifestyle – but as a creative professional, you’ve also got to understand the risks that you’re taking on when you produce written content for clients. Freelancing is

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10 tips to be a greener freelancer in 2022

Hello, freelancers and Happy Earth Day. Yes, 22nd April is the day where people all over our beautiful blue and green planet celebrate all things Mother Nature and pledge to do their bit to help the environment. The theme this year is “invest in our planet” – and the Earth Day team are calling for businesses, governments and citizens to

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What insurances should a freelance photographer have?

Whether your thing is weddings, family portraits, product photography or photojournalism, we here at Dinghy love supporting freelance photographers and keeping them snap-happy. While, most of the time, life as a freelance photographer is picture-perfect, there’s always the chance that things can go wrong – unhappy clients, studio mishaps or tech troubles to name just a few. That’s why we

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How to look after your mental health as a freelancer

Two years of a global pandemic, soaring energy bills, war raging in Ukraine: it’s fair to say that life at the moment has a few external stressors that can make balancing your mental health just that little bit trickier. And while we value the freedom, flexibility and independence of freelance life, the flip side of that can be uncertainty, financial

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Introducing your new self-service dashboard

Dinghy puts you at the helm of your insurance with new self-service dashboard Here at Dinghy, we want to make things as easy as possible for our customers. With so much uncertainty in the world (the big C, and all the implications that come with a pandemic, being the primary worry for most people right now), handing you control over

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