Freelancers & the self employed

We are reaching out to support freelancers, independent workers and the self-employed. More and more of our members are leaving traditional employment to work for themselves. We’re continuing to support them and we can help you too.

Become part of the collective voice for the self-employed – join for £1 by clicking here.

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Working for yourself

At Community we’re a proud champion of the five million strong self-employed and freelance community across the UK. 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. We want to help you.

We have a range of member benefits which help to support self-employed and freelance workers, some of which you can see below. Most importantly, we want to ensure your voices are heard by building and strengthening our collective voice.

Support through COVID-19

We’ve been ensuring your voices are heard over recent years and during the coronavirus pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, many self-employed workers are having to choose between their health or paying their bills. We don’t believe this is right.

The government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will help millions of people, but there are too many gaps in the support and people who will be left behind. We’re calling for the government to introduce additional measures of support to ensure that freelancers and the self-employed aren’t left behind. See our letter to the Chancellor here.

Waiting until June for support for your income is too long, and not good enough for those who are already struggling to make ends meet. That’s why by joining Community, you’ll become part of the collective voice for the self-employed and won’t have to pay anymore until July.

The more members we have, the stronger our voice when demanding these extra support measures. Join us today to get behind our message to government.


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Knowing your rights

We’ve been helping our members to navigate difficult situations at work for many years. Advice and representation at work are the cornerstone of our service offering, and as a part of Community, you have access to all our experience and expertise. From discrimination to client relations, we’re here to help.

Immediate support

We have a package of services that you can access straight away as a Community member, including but not limited to:

  • Advice on debt recovery and late payments
  • Legal advice
  • Discounts on offers on a wide range of leisure, insurance and retail products

Family benefits

Our benefits don’t end with you, they support your loved and your community too, some of our family benefits include:

  • Our child benefit gives you a £50 payment to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Our charity fund has £500 every quarter to support all kinds of different charities and projects
  • A higher education bursary of up to £4,500 to support lifelong learning


Heard enough? Join now for £1.


Making sure your voice is heard

Community will ensure your voices are heard not only through the next few weeks and months, but in the months and years ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the self-employed and freelancers need someone in their corner to make sure they aren’t left behind.

We are a proud campaigning union and the strength of our membership paired with our political affiliations means we can take the issues you care about and make sure they’re heard across the UK at every level.

Learning, training and education

We know one of the greatest difficulties for freelancers and self-employed is access to learning and up-skilling and opportunities. We offer self-paced, online training to help you sharpen and develop your skills in a flexible way.


Peace of mind for self-employed and freelance workers starts at £1 – join Community now.

Terms and conditions: Self employed membership cost until July 2020 will be a one off payment of £1. After this, your membership will transition to a standard rate of £5.94 a month unless you choose to opt out of the campaigning political fund contributions, in which case your rate will be £5.07 a month.

Below you can view our booklet that explains all of our great benefits in more detail. You can view a downloadable version here.

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Self-employed news from Community

Community - July 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled a new budget to outline this Government’s plans for the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus.   [...]
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Community - June 15th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The Community trade union has welcomed a report by the Treasury Select Committee that echoes its calls for the government to close gaps in self-employed [...]
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Melody Schroeder - June 3rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Community member, Melody Schroeder, gives her personal perspective on what it feels like to be one of the forgotten self-employed. When Rishi Sunak first took [...]
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Community - May 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today the Chancellor has announced details of changes to both the Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. Responding to [...]
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Rose Mason - May 27th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
After losing my last writing project and experiencing numerous rejections from writing and hospitality jobs and resistance from my landlord to reduce my rent without [...]
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Community - May 4th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community – the collective voice of the self-employed – has welcomed the news today that the government has brought forward the schedule for its support [...]
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Community - April 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Following lobbying by Community, the trade union representing self-employed and freelance workers, the Scottish Government have announced a grant funding for the newly self-employed suffering [...]
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Kate Dearden - April 25th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
It’s almost a month since the Chancellor announced a support package that will help millions of self-employed workers in response to Covid-19. Many will have [...]
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Kate Dearden - April 3rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
As the collective voice for the self-employed, Community welcomed the announcement of the government’s self-employed income support scheme. But as the details of the scheme [...]
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Kate Dearden - March 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Kate Dearden, our Head of Research, writes what the Chancellor needs to do next for the self-employed
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