I resigned from my full-time job 3 months ago to work as a freelancer but this was before Covid-19 got worse. Does anyone know if the government has measures to help freelancers like me tide over? - Seedly
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Asked 5d ago

I resigned from my full-time job 3 months ago to work as a freelancer but this was before Covid-19 got worse. Does anyone know if the government has measures to help freelancers like me tide over?

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...

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Sharon
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Answered 5d ago

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!

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Hi Anon,

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Provide sustained support for the self-employed to train and upskill during this period to remain relevant and employable.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!​​​

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