Knowledgebase Articles for Freelancers

Top 10 mistakes freelancers make when starting out

Starting your own business can seem like a daunting process, but it’s actually relatively easy to do. In fact, some people start businesses almost by accident. The hard part isn’t starting a business; the hard part is running it successfully. Freelance life is unpredictable, and quite often, your business can take a completely different route to the one you expected.

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How to build a network of trusted partners

In our article about how freelancers can compete with agencies, we mentioned the benefits of having trusted partners. Being able to recommend good suppliers or co-ordinate a team of specialists will help you win bigger projects and deliver the full-service that clients get from an agency. Rather than waiting until a client asks, it’s a good idea to be proactive

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How to get the best out of networking

No matter how good you are at what you do, you won’t make any money unless you have clients. To win clients, you need to market yourself. Different marketing techniques work for different people, but networking can be a brilliant way of getting yourself known and building the right connections. If the thought of being stuck in a room full

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What’s your USP?

In the competitive world of freelancing, it’s not enough to just say you are better than the competition; you need to show why you are better. What makes you different? What is your unique selling proposition, your USP? Are you faster, cheaper, more reliable? Is your product bigger, healthier, easier to use, higher-quality, better for the environment, longer lasting? Having

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How freelancers can compete with agencies

Many freelancers work alone, and they like it that way. They know everything that goes on in their business, they don’t have to manage a team and they control every piece of work that goes out. The only problem is that competing with big agencies can be tough, especially when they are well-established with an impressive portfolio of clients. Big

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How to get paid as a freelancer

You’ve won a fantastic new client, agreed on a price and spent hours working on the project. You raise the invoice and wait. The payment due date passes but there’s no sign of your money. You send a polite email and get no response. You start to feel a little concerned. You need that money to come in soon or

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Best Cafes to Work From in Bristol

As former freelancers ourselves at Dinghy, we understand the importance of getting yourself out of the house from time-to-time, away from the luring procrastinations of doing laundry or finally cleaning that little spot in the kitchen. That’s why we’re running a series of blogs of the best cafes for freelancers to work in each major city around the UK. Having

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