Freelancers & the self employed

Community is proud of its diversity and equality. We represent members and their families across all industries and sectors in the UK. Unlike many other unions that specialise in specific job markets, Community is proud to be an inclusive organisation; welcoming anyone as a member, regardless of the sector they work in, how they work, or where they live. In this section we talk about some of the sectors we currently support.

Working for yourself

For many people, self-employment is the answer to finding a good work-life balance. It can be extremely rewarding, but it can also mean longer hours, less pay, and more worry about your finances. Understanding your responsibilities is key to making a success of your business. There’s a lot to take on board, so if you need advice or information, call our Service Centre on 0800 389 6332.

There are lots of things to think about as a self-employed worker…from the intricacies of setting up (will you be a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company?) to the often complex world of tax and VAT. From health & safety responsibilities to insurance, pensions and employment law – we can help you navigate every turn in the road, as you flourish and grow.