Mon 20 Mar 2023 10:37AM

Integration of freelancers into co-ops

KW Kate Whittle Public Seen by 94

Looking for information/ experience of efforts to integrate self employed freelancers into co-operatives


Kate Whittle Mon 20 Mar 2023 10:41AM

I'm working with a multistakeholder co-op which uses freelancers on a regular basis to increase capacity. They are looking to integrate them into the co-op, but without threatening their self employed status. Specifically: If my client opts to create a new class of member to include freelancers in their meetings and systems, what do they need to be aware of in terms of not undermining the self-employed status of the individual freelancers? I'm aware that they cannot be appointed directors. I'd be interested to chat with anyone with experience of this issue? Many thanks.


Simon Grant Mon 20 Mar 2023 10:59AM

That's interesting, I didn't know there was a problem with their being appointed as directors. At Cetis LLP we simply have a rather loose category of associates, who share in the information flow but not in any formalities, and certainly not in the profit-sharing scheme. That seems to work fine. But obviously you will need a core of directors, and I'd be interested to know what exactly the incompatibilities are between being a director and being self-employed.


John Atherton Mon 20 Mar 2023 11:13AM

By all means post to here as well: https://forum.workers.coop/c/questions/

But youll get a better response from the CDB forum!