Ross Pounds

Before joining the good ship Dinghy, Ross spent five years creating content across the Kingsbridge Group. Prior to that he was a freelance writer for hire in film, music, fashion, and literature. Ross doesn't have any spare time because he has a small child, but he does enjoy reading, food, and tattoos when he gets a minute.
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Building a Website in the 21st Century

Creating a new website has never been easier with a raft of point-and-click services now available. However, which one is right for your business? David Howell investigates. Every business needs a website. That’s been the core advice, especially for smaller micro-enterprises, for decades. However, research from the Approved Index concluded that over two million small businesses still don’t have a

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Is your technology damaging your health?

As freelancers and small business owners, our working environment, which is often dominated by technology, could be damaging our health says David Howell. Think about yesterday when you finished work. Did you have pain in your neck, hands and forearms? If you did, this could be RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) or other MSDs (Musculoskeletal Disorders). As many in the freelance

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Financial measures to help the self-employed and freelancers during the coronavirus crisis

***Update – 02/04/20 We’ve had a few Dinghy customers who have raised an important question: “What about freelancers who pay themselves as a limited company?” Freelancers in a number of sectors – and particularly in the creative industries – who were previously encouraged to sign up as limited companies and operate as contractors – taking minimal PAYE salary and using

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Home alone? How to work from home during Coronavirus

How’s working from home working out for you? Like most things at the moment, we’re guessing it was probably more fun last week than it is right now. With more and more of us being asked to self-isolate and work remotely, we’re fast adapting to a new version of normality. But many of us aren’t quite there yet. Still haven’t

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Insurance cover in the time of coronavirus

On-demand insurance cover to match your working needs We’ll begin by stating the obvious: we have never faced a crisis on the scale of the coronavirus outbreak outside of wartime. These are tremendously difficult times for all of us. But there are a very particular set of difficulties that freelancers face. We’re all familiar by now with the lack of

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It’s time to put ‘you’ on your to-do list

Over 2 million people are now freelancing in the UK, and more people are turning to working for themselves than ever before. But what impact might that have on your mental health, and what things should you consider when you’re freelancing to make sure you can work well? We asked Matthew Knight from the mental health project Leapers to share

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Are the new Bank of England measures good for freelancers?

TFSME: A spoonful of medicine to help the coronavirus go down New financial stimulus announced by the Bank of England to provide loans at the base rate, to help the self-employed during the coronavirus crisis. Even the biggest optimist would be hard-pressed to eke any good news out of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. But there was a chink of light

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The Budget 2020: What’s in store for freelancers?

Overview In less than a week’s time, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak will present his first Budget. As with many other aspects of the government under Boris Johnson, what the Budget might contain is hard to predict in any detail. A party seemingly interested in ruling by slogan (expect the phrase “levelling up” to crop up more than once next Wednesday),

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Is IR35 keeping you up at night?

IR35. Two letters and two numbers that strike fear into the hearts of freelancers everywhere (our survey confirmed it). But should they? There’s a couple of key distinctions to make first. The ins and outs of IR35 Ultimately, your IR35 status comes down to one simple determination: are you inside or are you outside? If you’re found to be inside

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