October 17, 2018

How to supplement your income using your Dinghy referral page

Written by Edward Woodcock

Dinghy Co-Founder

Back in July of this year, we announced the launch of our proof-of-policy pages, which is a fantastic tool to prove to your clients in realtime that your business is insured. But did you know that this page also functions as a referral page from which can earn you vouchers to spend either at Amazon* or John Lewis / Waitrose?

This can be a great way to help out a little with the monthly food shop or some gift shopping you might need to do or maybe even just to treat yourself.

Did you know? Between them, our customers have already generated thousands of pounds worth of vouchers for themselves and their friends.

Our referral scheme works by issuing both you and a new customer you refer with £25 each for every referral. Vouchers are released once the new customer has successfully paid their third monthly bill. So for example, if a new customer buys their policy in mid-October; their first monthly payment shall be 3rd November and their second on 3rd December. Then on the 3rd of January, their third payment shall be taken, unlocking the voucher for both you and the customer at which point it will be sent out to both of you.

It’s really that simple, so as long as a new customer buys their policy via the ‘Get Quote’ button on your referral page and successfully pays their third monthly bill, then the vouchers are yours!

So here’s a quick guide on how to set up your referral page and start earning your vouchers.

Make sure your referral page is enabled

When you first buy your policy with Dinghy, by default your personal page is disabled, so you will need to explicitly enable it and then customise your page as you wish. You can do this by logging into your self-service area. Simply visit the sign in page, enter your email and then wait for your magic-link email which will then take you straight into your self-service area.

Sign in now

Once in your self-service area, navigate to the ‘My Dinghy’ tab, and then switch the toggle on. With this on, you now have a default referral page enabled, and you will see a link to your own referral page if you wish to preview it.

Find your your referral page config

Toggle your referral page

Customise your page

With the toggle on, this whole section of your self-service are allows you to customise your own page. These referral pages are discoverable via Google search results, so this is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and services. You’re advised to add as much detail as you can, including a profile image or logo, an ‘About you’ to describe your business and various links including to your personal or business website.

Customise referral page

Get Sharing!

Now the fun begins, start sharing your own page far and wide! Here are some of the ways that our customers have had the most referral success:

  • Sharing in online groups and forums that they are members of.**
  • Posting a link on their own website (this also works well with the Dinghy badge).
  • Sharing with friends and family who are freelance.
  • Sharing with past and present freelance co-workers.
  • Sharing with their clients who work with other freelancers.
  • Posting on their social media feeds.

** Do check first that the terms of the forum permit this.

Find referral link

Track your referral progress

Once you’re happy with all your sharing and putting the word about your page out there, you’ll want to know the fruits of your efforts. That’s why we built the referrals dashboard. This gives you a view of how your page is performing with the following indications:

  • Leads. These are people who have got a quote via your referral page but not yet bought. If these are people that you know it can often help to give them a little reminder.
  • New customers. These are people who successfully bought a policy via your page, however, are still yet to release the vouchers with their third bill payment.
  • Eligible customers. These are people who have now successfully paid their third bill payment, and this shows the total now owed to you.
  • No longer eligible. These are people who did have a policy but sadly cancelled it before they reached their third bill payment. We show you this to make it transparent should your ‘Upcoming’ number go down.

Find referrals dashboard

Referrals dashboard

In Summary

That’s everything you need to know about making the most of the Dinghy referrals scheme to help boost your finances a little. If you do have any questions, be sure to check out our referrals FAQs and if you do have any comments or suggestions, be sure to let us know either in the comments below or get in touch via the chat widget on this page.

Read the Referral FAQs

Happy referring!

*Amazon.co.uk is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon.co.uk Gift Cards (“GCs”) may be redeemed on the Amazon.co.uk website towards the purchase of eligible products available on Amazon.co.uk. GCs cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account. Amazon.co.uk is not responsible if a GC is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission. See www.amazon.co.uk/gc-legal for complete terms and conditions. GCs are issued by Amazon EU S.à r.l. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. †Neither John Lewis nor Waitrose are sponsors of this promotion. John Lewis Gift Cards (“GCs”) may be redeemed on the johnlewis.com or waitrose.com websites, John Lewis & Partners or Waitrose & Partners shops, including to purchase food and drink in our catering units (excludes third-party outlets in John Lewis & Partners shops) towards the purchase of eligible products. GCs cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account. John Lewis & Partners or Waitrose & Partners are not responsible if a GC is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission. See https://www.johnlewis.com/customer-services/shopping-with-us/terms-and-conditions for complete terms and conditions.

About Edward Woodcock

Edward has been a technologist for over a decade, with the bulk of his experience in building software for the insurance and e-commerce markets. Having been a freelancer for over three years, Ed has directly gone through the biggest pains that most freelancers experience and knows first-hand what concerns them. This established in him a passion to solve these freelancer worries and improve their lives, so in 2017 he co-founded getdinghy.com, an insurance provider that specialises in freelancer insurance.

Read more blog posts by Edward Woodcock

Subscribe to our exclusive mailing list for the latest stories, newsletters and freelancer tips from the Dinghy team