The non-profit National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) offers the self-employed a number of potentially useful resources. Depending on the level of membership you choose, you can enjoy quite a range of services. I have not used them personally, but the site looks very interesting. They say:
The NASE was founded in 1981 to provide day-to-day support, benefits and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations. Today, the NASE represents hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, and is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan association of its kind in the United States.
The NASE provides its members access to a full array of high-value benefits, including professional services – such as legal services, retirement and investment planning and payroll services – at discounted fees and rates. Through its consolidated buying power, NASE members receive significant savings on thousands of office products and services, including long-distance, printing and office supplies. Members also receive discounts on travel services, including rental car fees, hotel and transportation. Access to a variety of healthcare insurance plans also is offered, including major medical, prescription drug, as well as dental and vision plans.
Many sole proprietors wonder how they can get group medical insurance. I don’t know that NASE offers a group plan, but if they can, through “consolidated buying power”. get better healthcare insurance rates for members, it could pay for itself.
Please let us know about your experience if you are or have been a NASE member.