Asked on 26 Mar 2020
I'm worried that I will not have any source of income for the next few months as lots of projects and events have been cancelled. I've already lost two projects in a period of 2 months...
If you are in the Creative/Cultural industry, you may want to check out this Facebook group:
SG Covid-19 Creative/Cultural Professionals & Freelancers Support Group, where freelancers can post tips and job listings and provide other types of support. It has more than 4,000 members.
There's also a website called Ilostmygig.sg, where it provides access to resources, news and job postings.
Hope this helps!
I totally understand your concerns. it’s hard enough working as a freelancer not knowing when your next gig will come. Now with Covid-19 adding fuel to the flames, it is certainly worrying…
And am I glad I have an answer for you!
In a move to help freelancers like you who are self-employed, here are some of the key initiatives by the government $48 billion Supplementary Budget:
Giving self-employed persons $9,000 in cash to help tide you over during this Covid-19 situation. Called the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme, eligible self-employed persons will receive $1,000 a month for nine months.
Provide sustained support for the self-employed to train and upskill during this period to remain relevant and employable.
Up to 90% of course fees will be subsidised, and from 1 May 2020, the training allowance will be $10 per hour, up from $7.50. The Self-Employed Person Training Support Scheme will be extended to December 2020.
Lower-wage workers, including self-employed ones, will also have their incomes further augmented under the Workfare Income Supplement Scheme.
Hope this helps and may you tide over this difficult period!
I would like you to focus on what is within your control. What you cannot control is how much the government can support you, and to what extent. What you CAN control are the ideas you can use to pivot and adapt to the current environment.
What is your current role? Can it be done online? If it is not possible, is there any supporting service that can be done online?
Look, even if the government steps in and help its citizens, it would be enough, at least not for my standards.
In a meritocratic society, we are all responsible for ourselves.
There's a saying that we're defined by the questions we ask.
And I understand your situation, as a self-employed. We only eat what we kill. I wake up everyday thinking of how am I going to get my buck, next deals.
However, consider asking yourself: "How do I give people value in this current situation?" "What do people need that I can contribute?" "What can you do to help the government?"