We are the voice of the self-employed

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.

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

Want to learn more? Take a look at five reasons why you need us in your corner below.

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.

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You may be able to claim expenses as a tax relief if you are self-employed such as office costs, travel costs and financial costs, which can be claimed through your self-assessment tax return.

A Self-Assessment tax return can appear daunting, especially if you haven’t done one before. Community advisors can help you with your tax returns including information on when you need to register, what expenses you can claim, what sections to fill out and how to pay your final tax bill.

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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, our legal experts are here to help.

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Not being paid on time and not knowing when you will be paid is one of the biggest issues impacting the self-employed. There is currently £23.4bn of outstanding debt to small businesses, and will be on the rise due to the pandemic.

Community can help recover the money you are owed, help with debt recovery claims, and contact clients asking them to pay up. Working with our members we have found 99% of the time clients pay up when they hear from the union.

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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.

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Find out more

We have put together a booklet that explains all of our great self-employed benefits in more detail.

Take a look

Additional resources

We have created a guide to help you understand the government's self-employed income support scheme (SEISS)

Take a look

Self-employed news from Community

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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Kate Dearden - March 11th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The headlines might say there was a £500m boost and more protection for self-employed workers hit by coronavirus in today’s Budget but look underneath and [...]
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Community - March 3rd, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Today (Tuesday 3 March) the Government published their action plan on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in light of 51 confirmed cases in the UK. Responding [...]
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Community - December 11th, 2019 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Too few self-employed disabled workers know about learning and training opportunities that would help them make a success of self-employment, according to a new report [...]
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