As a freelancers and self-employed business owner, you are no doubt extremely busy running from gig to gig, getting the work done, and having little time left over for yourself. Like the shoemaker who often goes without their own shoes, you may be neglecting something very important: the need to protect yourself from the financial impact of work accidents.
Think about the impact of being out of work due to an accident on the job. Can you cover all of your expenses if you cannot work? Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need workers’ compensation insurance. The good news is, it is It is relatively inexpensive. to get this type of coverage.
Many solopreneurs and freelancers do not have workers’ compensation insurance because they think that they don't need it unless they have employees. This is a false assumption which can leave you very vulnerable financially. In fact, for a very reasonable cost, worker's compensation insurance will provide medical care, lost income, and possibly a monetary award in the event of a workplace accident.
What is worker's compensation insurance and why do freelancers need it?
Here are some quick facts about workers’ compensation for self-employed individuals and freelancers:
Some examples of on-the-job accidents which may be covered by workers’ compensation:
In the event of a workplace injury, there are certain benefits to being covered by workers’ compensation, such as
Of course, the duration of the benefits will depend upon the nature of the injuries. The most serious, life-altering injuries would carry a lifetime benefit. Workers’ compensation will provide self-employed individuals and freelancer s with an extra level of protection beyond any private medical and disability insurance. How you can protect yourself and your business is an important part of being self-employed! Be sure to review your Workers’ compensation needs with your insurance professional.
Jonathan Medows is a certified public accountant licensed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is also a recognized expert in taxation for freelancers and the self-employed—often tapped for his expert knowledge and perspective on self-employment taxation by national and regional publications such as The New York Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes taxation blog, WebCPA, CPA Practice Advisor, and others. You can read some of Jonathan’s press coverage here.
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