Benefits

When freelancers join together, we get results.
The proof is in the benefits.

How to Apply

  1. Join Freelancers Union

    If you're not already a member, join for free. Membership gives you access to benefits, solidarity, resources, advocacy initiatives, and more. And did we mention it's free?

  2. Be an independent worker

    You're good to go if you're a freelancer, an independent contractor, a temporary worker who gets work through an employment agency, self-employed, employed part-time, or working for multiple companies at the same time.

    You can't, at the time you submit this application, work full-time (at least 35 hours per week) as a W-2 employee, unless you 1) work for an employment agency or payroll service, or 2) are hired to work for 18 months or less.

  3. Work in an eligible industry

    You'll need to show you work in any of these industries:

    • Arts, design, and entertainment
    • Media and advertising
    • Financial services
    • Nonprofit
    • Technology
    • Domestic child care giver (non-institutional and for a child to whom you're not related)
    • Skilled computer user (A skilled computer user is one who uses specialized software in one or more of the following occupations: Graphic design, Architecture, Web design, Nanotechnology, Web programming, Content development, Music or song composition, Software development, Computer programming, Computer-related support to companies outside the computer industry. Some examples of software used in these fields are: Quark, Avid, Auto CAD, ProTools, Logic, Flash, etc.)
    • Traditional or alternative health care provider

  4. Show hours and earnings

    Complete an online Personal Information Form, then submit supporting documents that show that you work in an eligible industry and that you've either made $10,000 in the last six months or that you've worked 20 hours per week for the last eight weeks.

  5. Enroll in a plan and pay for coverage

    Once you're approved, pick the best plan for you. Make sure to review all of the plan details before deciding.

    After enrolling, you'll pay for your first month of coverage. This includes:

    • Your first month's premium(s)
    • $50 application fee
    • $75 annual access fee

    You can select your preferred billing and payment method after logging in to our billing and enrollment website.

  6. Breathe a sigh of relief

    Welcome! We're happy to have you aboard. If you signed up for dental coverage, you'll get an ID card about two weeks after you enroll in a plan.