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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.

During the pandemic, the self-employed community have been hit particularly hard. Research shows almost half of self-employed people have lost work due to lack of demand and lockdown restrictions, or health or caring reasons such as shielding and childcare. Many of us did not qualify for help from the government’s support scheme and are suffering real financial hardship as a result. We are the forgotten self-employed.

Too many people are in devastating circumstances and there should be no further delay to getting them the help they need. The self-employed will be vital to our national economic recovery and the revival of our local economies. It’s time our vital contribution is recognised.

You can get involved by:

  1. Sign our petition calling for additional support.
  2. We’re collating and sharing our stories to help the public and decision makers understand what it’s like to be self-employed. Share your story with us here.
  3. We’re running an inquiry into the future of self-employment with Prospect. Fill out this short survey to help us here.

Jessica Toale
Jessica Toale

” For much of the past two years I’ve been able to work from wherever I wanted and dial the work up and down as I saw fit. But this flexibility, and the perceived freedom that comes with it, throws up a whole ton of risk.”

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Andrea Campos-Vigoroux
Andrea Campos-Vigoroux

“Whilst other self-employed people could apply for Government grants, the fact that I’d been self-employed for just under a year meant that I was ineligible for these schemes.”

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Rachel Eden
Rachel Eden

“Sometimes I’ve heard it said that ‘even self-employed people need a union’. I disagree. Especially self-employed people need a union.”

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