Freelancers and Coronavirus
What Freelancers Need to Know about Coronavirus Response
We will keep this page as updated as possible with resources for freelancers related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Also, freelancers may qualify for the following benefits, grants or loans under the new CARES Act. Most of these programs are being facilitated by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- Unemployment Benefits: Freelancers and independent contractors across the U.S. may now be able to qualify for unemployment benefits under the new CARES Act passed in March 2020. Prior to this law, freelancers generally did not qualify for these benefits (unless they were misclassified). However, many states are not prepared for these changes, so it may be weeks before they are fully implemented. Check with your state’s unemployment office.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program: You may be able to get funds from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL). This applies to any business, whether there are any employees or not, which has been affected by the Coronavirus.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Freelancers may qualify for new small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This is also still being worked out.
- Economic Impact Payments: These “stimulus checks” aka economic impact payments, will be sent to all individuals, whether freelancers or not, who earned less than $100K (or $200K for married couples) in 2019. This amount is up to $1,200 or $2,400 for couples.
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