Freelancers Union is a unique organization that started in New York, but is slowly extending its reach across the U.S. Which is fantastic, because we’re sorely in need of the services it provides, especially to NY-NJ-CT solopreneurs.
Fierce advocates for the independent contractor, Freelancers Union has been really proactive about things like benefits; they offer a Blue Cross plan to members in the tri-state area, and recently opened up benefits to 30 other states, with very reasonable eligibility qualifications.
As part of their advocacy for the ever-growing pool of independent workers, they’re having a drive right now with a goal of registering 75,000 members in 11 states by July 4th:
- New York
- New Jersey
Best of all: membership is free, baby! The only thing you pay for is insurance, should you elect to get coverage through them. If you live in the tri-state area, they have great community events, and there are still plenty of discounts for those of us not lucky enough to live there. (There’s also a job board, but right now the gigs are in the NY/NJ/CT area.)
Of course, the more of us who join, the better the chance that they can bring health care coverage to all states. So why not head over and sign up now: the doctor bill you save may be your own.