Sole traders run risk of cash crisis

41% of self-employed people struggle to save any money each month, leaving them exposed to financial problems.

Leading insurer LV= polled 9,495 self-employed workers and found only 11% save less than £50 a month.

In addition, 1 in 3 respondents said they could not survive for more than 3 months if they lost their income.

62% of sole traders said monthly bills prevent them from saving cash each month, compared to the national average of 56%.

Furthermore, 33% feared being hit by unexpected costs, such as home maintenance and repairs, compared to the national average of 28%.

Most worryingly, just 4% of those polled have income protection while 42% mistakenly believe they are ineligible for it.

The findings on income protection are particularly alarming when:

  • 28% are worried about not being able to work due to an accident
  • 29% are worried about becoming unwell.

Justin Harper, head of protection policy at LV=, said:

"It's often the case that self-employed people lack the safety net of an employer's benefits, such as sick pay.

"This means they risk having to rely instead on state benefits, which can involve a lengthy application and wait with no guarantee of any support.

"Self-employed people should speak to a professional about whether they'd benefit from taking out private insurance, such as an income protection policy, that will pay out if they couldn't work because of accident, sickness or disability."

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