Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 56.7 million independent workers across the country. We provide our 500,000+ members a powerful support system and voice through policy advocacy, benefits, resources and community.
Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers and contractors to entrepreneurs and moonlighters. Freelancers Union offers:
- Insurance benefits such as health, dental, term life, disability, liability, and vision
- Community, including our NYC Freelancers Hub and SPARK, local freelance community meetups in nearly 25 major cities
- Advocacy for policy change, such as the annual Freelancing in America survey and the Freelance Isn’t Free law
- Resources through legal and financial tools, including the #1 blog for freelancers
Freelancers Union was founded by Sara Horowitz in 1995. In 2008, we launched Freelancers Insurance Company, the first portable benefits model for freelancers that provided independent workers with high-quality, affordable, and portable health insurance. The union’s National Benefits Platform, launched in 2014, helps freelancers across America access insurance benefits, including retirement, life, liability, dental and disability.
Since its founding, Freelancers Union has fought for and won protections for freelance workers, including Unincorporated Business Tax reform, and has successfully advocated for new healthcare models. In 2016, Freelancers Union led a victorious campaign to enact first-of-its kind Freelance Isn’t Free legislation in New York City giving freelancers unprecedented protections from nonpayment.
Rafael Espinal was named President and Executive Director in 2020.