Knowledgebase Articles for Freelancers

How to combat late payments as a freelancer

Clients that pay late are a fact of life for all freelancers. But is the freelance community powerless? Dave Howell assesses the current late payment landscape and considers what all small businesses can do to protect themselves from late payments.   Keeping cash flowing through your business is critical for long term sustainability. Research by Intuit QuickBooks makes for worrying reading as it

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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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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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