Stories about Freelancer Life, Tech & Insurance

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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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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‘Freelancing in 2020: State of the Industry’ – A Dinghy Survey

Being a freelancer is great. We know that. You know that. But sometimes it’s worth digging a little deeper, worth finding out what makes you – and your fellow freelancers – tick. For that reason, we recently embarked upon the inaugural Dinghy ‘Freelancing in 2020: State of the Industry’ survey. After all, what better time is there to find out

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Labour Xchange teams up with Trezeo and Dinghy to bring a safety net for self-employed workers

Today, 15 January 2020, Labour Xchange, a platform which matches blue collar workers and individuals with free time to companies in need of extra resourcing, announces that it has partnered with Trezeo and Dinghy to bring its users an extra level of benefits and security. Labour Xchange, based in Southend in the UK, was founded on the principal that self-employment

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Allianz Insurance partners with insurtech pioneer Dinghy

Allianz Insurance and Dinghy announce new partnership to offer on-demand business insurance to freelancers                                        Allianz Insurance and on-demand insurtech pioneer Dinghy today announced a partnership to provide business insurance into the fast-growing freelancer market. Dinghy offers flexible on-demand business insurance for freelancers where cover is charged by the second and customers pay only for what is used. Cover levels may

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HSBC’s ‘Select and Cover’ Subscription Insurance: Good or Bad?

Financial services giant HSBC has taken its first steps in the subscription insurance market, offering a new flexible insurance product that offers up to seven types of insurance cover in one subscription. Their ‘Select and Cover’ product allows customers to choose a minimum of three of the following types of cover: Mobile phone, gadget, home emergency, life, excess protection, motor

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Royal Society of Arts and Mastercard team with Dinghy to change the future of work

Dinghy are prominently featured in a new report – “The Impact Entrepreneur: Building a New Platform for Economic Security in Modern Work” – from the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. The report can be read in full here. Due to its deep understanding of the freelancing contingent,

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Dinghy has been nominated for an Insurance Times Award!

Dinghy named as a finalist for Excellence in Technology at the 2019 Insurance Times Awards. We are very pleased to announce that Dinghy have gained further traction this awards season courtesy of a nomination for ‘Excellence in Technology’ at the 2019 Insurance Times Awards! The honour marks a third commendation in quick succession for us following similar nods from the

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Dinghy named the most disruptive insurance business in the UK

The UK’s 50 most disruptive companies have been ranked by Disruption50, with Dinghy placed at 26th overall, beating all insurance businesses named on the list. At the recent Disruption Summit Europe – hosted in London on the 10th September – the final rankings for the top Disruption50 index 2019 were announced ranking the 50 most disruptive companies in the UK.

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Your payment history is now available!

We’ve just launched a new feature in our self-service area, allowing you to view and print your payment receipts. As a freelancer, your business expenses matter and being able to keep track of them is essential. When we first launched our platform, we relied on our payments provider to issue email receipts to our customers at the time they made

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Insuring Your Equipment

It makes sense to take care of your stuff. It’ll save you money. Things will last longer. You can put your hard-earned income towards something nice. It makes even more sense when the equipment you use is essentially your mobile office. When you’re freelancing, whether it’s from home or on site, you’ll almost certainly be using your own laptop, phone,

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Rapid rise of the UK Gig and Freelance economy

A recent report has brought to light the rapid rise of the Gig economy in the UK. Between 2016 and 2019 the number of people working through an online platform has doubled from 4.7% to 9.6%. A meteoric rise that only looks set to continue as the digitisation of our lives deepens and a new generation begins to enter the

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Dinghy is now officially a Lloyd’s coverholder!

If you haven’t heard of Lloyd’s of London before, or are vaguely reminded of the spaceship-like head office in London, then this may not mean much to you. But the end result is that you will continue to get the excellent service you deserve, with some shiny new stuff going on underneath the bonnet here at Dinghy. We are not

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An exciting new chapter for Dinghy

Dinghy has been acquired by the Kingsbridge Group We have some really exciting news to share. Almost 12 months to the day since we launched the world’s first on-demand insurance for freelancers, Dinghy is joining the Kingsbridge family alongside Larsen Howie. You can read more in the full press release. So how does this affect Dinghy insurance policies? The simple

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Announcing multi-trade support

It’s something that we pride ourselves on at Dinghy, that we listen to our customers, and move fast to respond to their needs. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our support for multiple professions. Did you know? Since we launched this feature, 33% of new customers have been multi-profession. When we first launched Dinghy, we’d put a lot of thought

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Dinghy affiliates programme now live

If your customers need insurance, we got it Another week, another shipped new feature. ??? This week we have got some great news if you’ve ever wanted to partner up with Dinghy. Today we launch our affiliates programme, and it’s packed with best in class features to ensure you, your communities and customers have everything they need. Welcome to the crew

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Your Real-time Proof of Policy is live!

You wanted it, we delivered it Our most requested feature is now live! Since we launched back in January, when we introduced the world’s first on-demand insurance for freelancers, our customers have consistently asked us for a way to let people know they were insured by Dinghy. We listened and are delighted to announce another world first – a real-time

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5 ways that you’re much better off with Dinghy

(And why we’re unlike any other insurance company) Having been founded and built by freelancers for freelancers, we have directly addressed the issues that have really irked us about insurance. This has meant we’ve rethought and redesigned the entire process in ways you will not have seen for business insurance before: 1) Turn your insurance on and off Dinghy is the

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Dinghy and Product Hunt

Happy hunting….. It is with some relief that today we “hunted” ourselves on Product Hunt. We launched Dinghy back in January and since then we have been busy refining and improving our product whilst welcoming our founder members. Now after 10 weeks we are ready to launch ourselves on Product Hunt, it’s been an intense couple of months! There were some

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Freelancer Assist

Don’t just be the best player, change the game entirely In January we released the worlds first flexible business insurance product. Fully on demand insurance to suit the growing on demand workforce. For the first time ever freelancers, contractors and the self employed could turn their insurance on and off to fit their lifestyle. Not happy with just one world

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How I learned to stop worrying and love insurance

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Giving something for free will grab your customer’s attention. However, what happens when the numbers in the promotion go wrong? That’s exactly what happened to two marketing professionals working at Hoover in the UK. In a classic “something for nothing” marketing campaign they decided to offload surplus warehouse stock by offering free return flights to

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Flexible working for parents. Getting out of the woods.

Since 2014, all employers in the UK have had a legal right to request flexible working from their employer. It’s the perfect deal for parents, right? Working hard and bringing in the chips but also being present for drop-offs, pick-ups, school plays and bedtime stories. But in the cold stark land of reality, a huge proportion of employers are still

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The number 1. habit for a successful day

To be a successful freelancer, we believe one of the most beneficial habits you can develop is a daily meditation practice. That’s because it helps you to: Be more focused, so that you get your work done faster and get paid sooner Feel calmer, so that stress and anxiety don’t hold you back Be more creative, so that you can

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How to achieve your goals

As part of our freelancer ‘Get 2018 Ready‘ capsule collection we’ll kick things off with how to achieve goals – both personal and professional – with the help of our mindfulness guru, Andy Hix. In this session, Andy gives us top tips on how to set and achieve your goals. At this time of year you might be thinking about

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Freelancers, are you 2018 ready?

Freelancers, contractors, solopreneurs – whatever you call yourself, call yourself 2018 ready with this freelancer capsule collection of industry secrets, resources and guides on how to do more and be more this year.  ? Shhh we’d like to tell you the secret to success… Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘secret’ – it’s just a few simple techniques. And we

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Free Mindfulness Course For Freelancers

We are delighted to have partnered with Andy, Wellbeing Capital Partner‘s mindfulness guru to give you a free 21 day mindfulness course. Andy provides mindfulness coaching to big companies such as PwC, Lloyds Bank and J.P. Morgan, as well as charities and schools. He has created a bespoke 21 day mindfulness course designed for freelancers; with easy to understand hints

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Get your 2018 freelancer business ready

Have you decided to take the plunge and set up your own business in 2018? Here you’ll find some key trends as well as practical steps to help you get save time and reach your goals more quickly. Starting with some 2018 trends that will give your business the competitive advantage. The really exciting and overarching trend for 2018, especially

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Get your 2018 freelancer tools ready

When I took the plunge and left my full-time job to become a self-employed freelancer, I wish someone had saved me a lot of time by collating these all in one place. The volume of work when you take on the world alone can be daunting when it needs to be done single-handedly with no team and no in-house departments

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Professional Indemnity: why I got protection

I’ll be honest. Until fairly recently, I had no idea that insurance for freelancers even existed. Why would I? I’ve been safe and happy writing at home and I (mostly) set my own rules. But things can go wrong. Mistakes happen. And when they do, who gets the blame? Freelance bubble It’s all too easy to bumble along in the

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How ‘cyber’ lava lamps are protecting data

Lava lamps conjure a rush of nostalgia to the 90s office worker whose only rush the past 15 years has been rush-hour. But that is not the reason an office in San Fran has created a wall of them in their lobby. They’ve been resurrected as ‘cyber lamps’. A software and security firm called Cloudflare in San Francisco has installed

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The London freelancer series. Gig 1 – Charlie

Short interviews at freelancer ‘gigs’. From hackathons to morning raves to gyms to networking events to co-working spaces, indeed any get-up, where we’d expect to find the ubiquitous London freelancer. So this gig we  attended a banana-themed Morning Gloryville sober rave at the iconic Ministry of Sound to interview freelancers. We were looking for some remaining, rebellious souls, (who set their

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