Title: It’s time to re-think our attitudes toward self-care

November 18, 2021

US gymnast Simone Biles’s decision to withdraw from competition in the Tokyo Olympics has opened an important conversation about self-care. It’s made us here at Venteur reflect on our experiences as independent workers and how it’s time to re-think our attitudes toward self-care.  

Being an independent worker can sometimes feel like you are rock star gymnast Kerri Strug who landed the gold medal on the vault back in the 1996 Olympics, despite having a broken ankle. For many of us independent workers, the passion and ambition for our work is what inspires us to branch out on our own. Like any Olympic athlete, we want to go for the gold – even if it means working through injury or illness.  

Often, we don’t have a choice in the matter. Being your own boss means that when you’re not working, you’re not earning. You also don’ have sick days. Any time you take off is coming out of your savings. There is also the fear that your client or gig might not be there in the future if you’re not available. So, you push through. You work through injury and illness.  

But here’s the thing. That iconic one-leg vault from 1996 permanently injured Kerri Strug. She never competed again. For an independent worker, soldiering through injury and illness can impact your ability to work and live that life of your dreams.  

For us at Venteur, this hits close to home. Growing up, co-founders (and siblings) Stacy and Tim saw their dad soldier through illness as an independent worker. The pressure of mounting medical bills and being the family bread earner prompted him to return to work early instead of taking the time to fully recover. This was also a matter of financial necessity. There were bills to be paid, and when you’re not working, you’re not earning. The problem was he kept getting more and more sick until he ultimately couldn’t work.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Venteur has partnered with Aflac to strengthen the safety nets available to independent workers. We’ve negotiated special pricing and coverage packages for:

  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Hospital indemnity insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • Life insurance.

You might be thinking, why would I ever need any of this? Let us be clear. We hope you never do. But life happens. If you ever need it, we want to make it possible for you to take a page from Simone Bile’s playbook and focus on self-care and recovery.  

You can do this by leveling up your financial safety nets with one or more of these products. The reality is that health insurance isn’t always enough to keep you out of medical debt in the event of illness or injury. Each of these products supplement your health insurance to provide you with the financial resources to focus on recovery. They also cost less per month than what you might spend on a date night at the movies.  

Invest in your self-care. You’re worth it.  

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