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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What to do when you lose your biggest client

Fiona Thomas, author of Depression in a Digital Age (2018) and Out of Office (2020), takes a look at what you can do if one of your biggest clients no longer requires your services. As a freelancer, I’ve always worried about losing clients. But recently, when I got the dreaded call, I was strangely calm. “We can’t afford to pay

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Dinghy offers insurance support to freelancers during COVID-19

From today we are delighted to announce a new initiative designed to support freelancers financially during COVID-19. With immediate effect, we’ll be offering up to two months’ free Professional Indemnity insurance for self-employed freelancers who are not working, who pause their cover with Dinghy. All customers who pause their Professional Indemnity insurance will benefit from free cover for up to

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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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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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