Q) recently quit my company and went freelance. Can I collect unemployment after a certain amount of time in the freelance field?
A) No, you cannot collect unemployment benefits after a certain amount of time in the freelance field.
To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have been laid off or fired from your job through no fault of your own. You must also be able and available to work, and you must be actively looking for work.
If you quit your job, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits. This is true even if you quit your job to pursue a freelance career.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if you quit your job for good cause, such as if you were being harassed or discriminated against, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you should contact your state’s unemployment agency. They can provide you with more information about your eligibility and how to file a claim.
You do not qualify for unemployment benefits if you quit your job. General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.