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By 4.6 min readLast Updated: 19. September 2023

Can you get unemployment benefit as an independent freelancer?

If suddenly there is a little longer between tasks than usual, then as a solo cowboy you have various options to secure your income and receive unemployment benefit as a self-employed person freelancer. The A-kassen naturally comes storming down from the back rows when the conversation turns to unemployment benefits. And with good reason. Because you have rights, there are just a few things you need to be aware of.

Your social security fund can help here with both supplementary or "normal" daily allowance to ensure that the fund does not dry up completely. But there is a difference in your rights depending on how you have structured yourself – i.e. whether you are self employed or wage earner. Because as a "freelancer" you are either or. We are dealing with legislation that has not yet caught up with the modern way of organizing one's working life.

Independent freelancer with own CVR number

If you run your own business with an associated CVR number, you must close down your business in order to be entitled to unemployment benefits. You will therefore go from being a business owner to an ordinary mortal job seeker. If you want to start a business again, you have 6 months of unemployment benefits, after which you can start again Supplementary unemployment benefits in the back.

You must meet an income requirement in the company and have calculated a daily allowance rate to get started. Your social security fund will be able to help you with that.

As a user of Factofly, you can retain your full right to daily allowance as a freelancer. You earn both the right to and an extension of daily allowance. You can use Factofly as a private person while you are in the process of closing your registered company, and will not then be "quarantined" for the following 6 months, as you are associated with Factofly as a project employee.

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Independent business as a side job

If you run your self-employed (and CVR registered) business alongside your permanent gig, also known as a side job, it is defined on the basis that the maximum involves 15 working hours, which must be able to be added outside of normal working hours.

With the blessing of your unemployment insurance fund, you can get permission to receive supplementary unemployment benefits if you run your business as a side job.

Freelance employee (without own CVR number)

Are you a freelance wage earner where you work on individual tasks and subsequently report your income as B income, then you fall into this category. 

As a freelance employee, you can receive supplementary daily allowance for a total of 30 weeks within a period of 2 years - i.e. 104 weeks. However, the 104 weeks is a continuous period that is calculated each time you submit your unemployment benefit card. 

Your supplementary daily allowance is paid on the basis of the difference between the number of hours you have worked in a month and a full-time insured number of hours of 160.33. If you have worked 1 hour, you will therefore be paid supplementary unemployment benefit for 159.33 hours - if you have worked 150 hours, it will be 10.33 hours. 

As a freelancer on supplementary unemployment benefits, you will be deducted a week as soon as you have delivered a single hour of work. Rather than, for example, delivering 4 hours of work per week over 4 weeks (in which case you will be drawn for 4 weeks!), you can advantageously compress your work to 16 hours in a single week. In that case, the same workload will only cost you a single week, instead of the 4. 

If you have a termination notice, remember to have one release certificate in order to receive supplementary unemployment benefits.

Conversion rate and B income

If you, as a freelancer, are remunerated with a fee as b income, your real hours will not appear.

Your unemployment insurance fund will therefore translate your income into a number of hours, in order to assess whether you have had enough hours. It is called a conversion rate, and at the time of writing (2022) is DKK 259.80 per hour. 

During your unemployment benefit period, your unemployment insurance fund will also use this conversion rate to assess how many hours you have worked and must be deducted. 

If you choose to use Factofly to get daily allowance as a freelancer to go up, you will be deducted the number of hours you actually work, and not based on your social security fund's standard rate. A task for NOK 10,000 (ex. VAT), which you have delivered in 10 hours at an hourly price of NOK 1,000, will be 10,000/259.80 = 38.49 hours in terms of the conversion rate. Under Factofly, your "real" hourly usage will be reported to your unemployment insurance fund.

When do I regain the right to supplementary unemployment benefit as an independent freelancer?

Your right to supplementary unemployment benefit can be continuously re-earned if you work a given number of hours within a 12-month period.

  • As Monthly Salary: Worked more than 146 hours per month in each of the 6 months
  • As 14-day paid: Worked more than 68 hours in each of the 13 pay periods
  • As weekly paid: Worked more than 34 hours in each of the 26 weeks
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Invoices without own CVR no.

Get paid when you are on unemployment benefits. Invoice your customers and get paid without your own CVR number. Use Factofly to make your everyday life easier, and focus on exactly what adds value to you and your business.

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daily allowance as an independent freelancer
By 4.6 min readLast Updated: 19. September 2023

Can you get unemployment benefit as an independent freelancer?

If suddenly there is a little longer between tasks than usual, then as a solo cowboy you have various options to secure your income and receive unemployment benefit as a self-employed person freelancer. The A-kassen naturally comes storming down from the back rows when the conversation turns to unemployment benefits. And with good reason. Because you have rights, there are just a few things you need to be aware of.

Your social security fund can help here with both supplementary or "normal" daily allowance to ensure that the fund does not dry up completely. But there is a difference in your rights depending on how you have structured yourself – i.e. whether you are self employed or wage earner. Because as a "freelancer" you are either or. We are dealing with legislation that has not yet caught up with the modern way of organizing one's working life.

Independent freelancer with own CVR number

If you run your own business with an associated CVR number, you must close down your business in order to be entitled to unemployment benefits. You will therefore go from being a business owner to an ordinary mortal job seeker. If you want to start a business again, you have 6 months of unemployment benefits, after which you can start again Supplementary unemployment benefits in the back.

You must meet an income requirement in the company and have calculated a daily allowance rate to get started. Your social security fund will be able to help you with that.

As a user of Factofly, you can retain your full right to daily allowance as a freelancer. You earn both the right to and an extension of daily allowance. You can use Factofly as a private person while you are in the process of closing your registered company, and will not then be "quarantined" for the following 6 months, as you are associated with Factofly as a project employee.

create free user

Invoices without own CVR no.

Get paid when you are on unemployment benefits. Invoice your customers and get paid without your own CVR number. Use Factofly to make your everyday life easier, and focus on exactly what adds value to you and your business.

create free user

Independent business as a side job

If you run your self-employed (and CVR registered) business alongside your permanent gig, also known as a side job, it is defined on the basis that the maximum involves 15 working hours, which must be able to be added outside of normal working hours.

With the blessing of your unemployment insurance fund, you can get permission to receive supplementary unemployment benefits if you run your business as a side job.

Freelance employee (without own CVR number)

Are you a freelance wage earner where you work on individual tasks and subsequently report your income as B income, then you fall into this category. 

As a freelance employee, you can receive supplementary daily allowance for a total of 30 weeks within a period of 2 years - i.e. 104 weeks. However, the 104 weeks is a continuous period that is calculated each time you submit your unemployment benefit card. 

Your supplementary daily allowance is paid on the basis of the difference between the number of hours you have worked in a month and a full-time insured number of hours of 160.33. If you have worked 1 hour, you will therefore be paid supplementary unemployment benefit for 159.33 hours - if you have worked 150 hours, it will be 10.33 hours. 

As a freelancer on supplementary unemployment benefits, you will be deducted a week as soon as you have delivered a single hour of work. Rather than, for example, delivering 4 hours of work per week over 4 weeks (in which case you will be drawn for 4 weeks!), you can advantageously compress your work to 16 hours in a single week. In that case, the same workload will only cost you a single week, instead of the 4. 

If you have a termination notice, remember to have one release certificate in order to receive supplementary unemployment benefits.

Conversion rate and B income

If you, as a freelancer, are remunerated with a fee as b income, your real hours will not appear.

Your unemployment insurance fund will therefore translate your income into a number of hours, in order to assess whether you have had enough hours. It is called a conversion rate, and at the time of writing (2022) is DKK 259.80 per hour. 

During your unemployment benefit period, your unemployment insurance fund will also use this conversion rate to assess how many hours you have worked and must be deducted. 

If you choose to use Factofly to get daily allowance as a freelancer to go up, you will be deducted the number of hours you actually work, and not based on your social security fund's standard rate. A task for NOK 10,000 (ex. VAT), which you have delivered in 10 hours at an hourly price of NOK 1,000, will be 10,000/259.80 = 38.49 hours in terms of the conversion rate. Under Factofly, your "real" hourly usage will be reported to your unemployment insurance fund.

When do I regain the right to supplementary unemployment benefit as an independent freelancer?

Your right to supplementary unemployment benefit can be continuously re-earned if you work a given number of hours within a 12-month period.

  • As Monthly Salary: Worked more than 146 hours per month in each of the 6 months
  • As 14-day paid: Worked more than 68 hours in each of the 13 pay periods
  • As weekly paid: Worked more than 34 hours in each of the 26 weeks
create free user

Invoices without own CVR no.

Get paid when you are on unemployment benefits. Invoice your customers and get paid without your own CVR number. Use Factofly to make your everyday life easier, and focus on exactly what adds value to you and your business.

create free user