October 5, 2018

Self-Employed? We Cover That!

Sub-contractors and Other Non-Traditional Employees Qualify for Health Benefits at Benefast. Call us to Learn More! (780) 918-0802

The traditional 9 to 5 professional landscape has been going through an evolution in recent years. Traditional jobs are being replaced with freelance and sub-contract opportunities as more and more people are learning to enjoy the associated autonomy over how and when they work, while still making ends meet. This trend doesn't look like it'll be going away anytime soon either.

With the Canadian workforce sitting at about 30% in non-traditional roles already, current technology and corporate restructuring is only expected to cause that number to rise. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, as while more and more individuals are turning towards non-traditional and work from home careers, more and more employers are turning towards hiring contract workers in order to ease their payroll burden.

The gig economy is upon us, but what does that mean for employer health benefits? For decades, health and dental benefits have been used as a negotiation tool in the workplace, as well as a metric for deciding between one job or another. Traditionally, it has been assumed that you couldn't have these benefits unless you worked on payroll for a corporation that offered them. While occasionally an employer may offer a benefits plan to a contracted employee, the wait time is usually long and the benefits less inclusive than those offered to regular employees. This stance also blurs the line between employee and contractor as well, creating a heightened expectation level from the contractor, but for lower pay.

At Benefast, we are here to say that there is a way to get coverage while also enjoying the freedom of your freelance career. Included among our repertoire of services, we offer group coverage options for corporations of one. Meaning those who are self-employed are eligible for all of the benefits offered to employees of larger corporations. This coverage is also available to groups of contractors, which is especially convenient to businesses like massage clinics, who contract self-employed individuals.

While individual plans do exist, these often aren't worth the effort for the non-traditional employees that they are marketed towards. You will typically be paying more and getting less. Save yourself the trouble, and get your money's worth by trusting your health coverage to a company that cares about your well-being. Give Benefast a call today, and find out what we can do for you.

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