Martin Baxter

How could the latest lockdown impact freelancers?

Gosh that was quite a Christmas, wasn’t it? Although most of us had made scaled-back, low-key festive plans, the discovery of a new variant of COVID-19 spreading fast in the south east of the UK scuppered most of what was left of them, with a new Tier 4 being introduced just days before Christmas. Our bubbles were well and truly

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A freelancer’s guide to starting the new year right

Happy new year, freelancers! The fresh start that we all needed is finally upon us, and we’re feeling mixed emotions here at Dinghy: relieved to see the back of 2020, excited for a fresh start, but also anxious about what 2021 has to hold. There are some things – global pandemics, Brexit, mysterious monoliths – that are out of our control.

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Why having a blog is essential for freelancers in 2021

What comes to mind when you think of a blogger? Big sunglasses, floppy hat, wardrobe straight outta Topshop’s AW2020 collection and a perfect selfie pout? An eyelinered indie kid spilling their darkest secrets and favourite emo song lyrics onto livejournal? There’s a few stereotypes of what a blogger is, but none of them really hold true for us here at Dinghy. For some people blogging is a hobby,

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I’m a freelancer: what can I do if my client isn’t paying?

It’s tricky being a freelancer when it comes to finances. Quite often, we’ve carved out a little niche for ourselves where we get to do what we love, whether that’s writing, photography, design, app development or even project management. But there does sometimes come a point at which, though we love what we do, we have to remind our clients that

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How to have yourself a merry freelance Christmas in lockdown

The decorations are up, the Christmas tunes are on and you’ve elbowed past the other shoppers to get stocked up on mince pies and Quality Streets. Christmas will feel a bit different this year without the nights out, big family get-togethers and driving the length of the country to offload a boot full of presents. Whether you’re choosing to bubble it

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How to truly enjoy your downtime as a freelancer when clients are quiet

It’s oh so quiet…shhh…shhh…it’s oh so still. A classic Bjork song, but we sure as hell don’t like it when it happens to us freelancers. Forgive us for saying this because we like a break as much as the next person, but haven’t we had a little too much downtime this year?!  One of the features of 2020 is that it has tended

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5 reasons why you shouldn’t retrain if you’re a freelance creative

It’s not often that the internet agrees on anything. So it was quite something that the whole country united to defend poor ‘Fatima’, when an ill-thought out government advert suggested that she should retrain from her job as a ballet dancer to a career in ‘cyber’.  The advert and its messaging angered people working in the arts and creative industries because

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The risks of freelance writing (and how to prevent them)

Ever since I was young, I dreamed of being a writer. I wrote crude stories, full of Americanisms stolen from my favourite films, with plots plagiarized from Enid Blyton. I wrote twee poems with clunky rhyming schemes. I even once wrote a polemic on why I shouldn’t have to share a bedroom with my sister (sorry sis!). So it is, I

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