Freelancer and Contractor Health Protection
One of the unintended consequences of the many job losses in this tough economy has been a rise in the number of “accidental entrepreneurs.”
These are the people who, unable to find a full-time job, have either voluntarily or involuntarily ventured out on their own to begin freelancing or contracting. Others are actually starting their own businesses.
Either way, if you’re new to this world, you may feel like you’re juggling all sorts of responsibilities because there are a number of things you’ve probably never had to deal with before: health insurance, contracts, bookkeeping, marketing yourself, etc.
In the early days of becoming a solo professional, none of these things – especially those that could pose a risk to your finances or your health – should be taken lightly.
So, for the new accidental entrepreneurs out there, eHealthInsurance put together a list of tips to help you find health insurance. If you had a full-time job previously, you probably had employer-provided health insurance, which meant that all you had to do was choose from three options every year during open enrollment. That changes when you have to get insurance on your own. So it’s important to do your homework.
Check out these tips and stay tuned for our upcoming buyer’s guide for self-employed and small business professionals. And good luck with your new venture!
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