Yesterday the Freelancers Union launched their National Benefits Platform. This is a one-stop, online site that will enable freelancers and other independent workers to access a suite of curated, freelancer-focused benefits, including:
- 401(k) plans
- Health insurance
- Dental plans
- Disability insurance
- Term life insurance
- Liability insurance
According to the site there will be additional options coming in the near future.
To use the site you enter your zip code and you are presented with a menu of benefits options.
According to the Business Week article The Freelancers Union Wants to be Your HR Department this move may "indicate that the freelance economy is maturing."
We know from personal experience as well as our research that pulling together retirement plans, health insurance and other benefits is hard, time consuming and expensive for the self-employed.
Having a one-stop shop to help with this will be of great value to many.
It's also an excellent example of the growing array of products of services that are making it easier to be an independent worker.
Disclosure: The Freelancers Union is an Emergent Research client.