About Freelancers Union

Promoting the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.

Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 56.7 million independent workers across the country. We give our 490,000+ members a powerful voice through policy advocacy, benefits, and community.

Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers and contractors to entrepreneurs and moonlighters. Freelancers Union offers:

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 Executive Director in 2020.


The Union is funded through your donations and the purchase of products through our site. In recognition of its goals, Freelancers Union has also received grants and other support from New York City and State, and from leading foundations such as the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, New York Community Trust, United Hospital Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Health Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, Partnership Fund for New York City, Ira W. De Camp Foundation and others.

Donate to help us support independent workers

Support the 56.7 million workers pursuing a new American dream. Donate to Working Today, the nonprofit subsidiary of Freelancers Union.


How do I become a Freelancers Union member — and is it really free!?

Membership is 100% free. It’s also easy and open to everyone. Yes, including you! Just complete this form.

What are the benefits of membership?
  • Support freelancers at no extra cost to you when you buy insurance through us
  • Access to freelance resources and members-only discounts
  • Attend SPARK, our nationwide meetups for freelancers
  • Receive our weekly newsletter with the latest need-to-know information
  • Contribute to the #1 blog for freelancers
Where should I reach out with questions?

Visit our Contact Us page.

How do I change my username and/or password?

Sign in to the Freelancersunion.org website and update your details on the Account Information Page.

I’ve forgotten my username and/or password. What should I do?

Enter your email address on the password reset page and click “submit.”

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