Members who aren’t registered to legally provide services or trade within their jurisdiction and wish to use Freedom Coop for their invoicing or other kinds of legal cover for their activity. This member has full access to all the tools and resources (OCP project management, Bank accounts, etc.). This type of member has to pay the membership contribution and a quarterly fee based on their profits, as explained here.
Here are some advantages:
And most importantly, you are contributing towards building this great ecosystem for a new economic system where the needs of humans are in the center.
Yes: together with the OCP and Faircoin wallet applications, we also have a special service for legal entities. This consists in the possibility of making invoices between your entity and Freedom Coop, based on our capacities as a European Cooperative and on your needs for reducing taxes in the circular economy activity at local level.
This way you are contributing to funding the local economy as well as Freedom Coop, at the same time. Ask us for more details!
There are two ways in which Freedom Coop can help projects in other continents.
Firstly, in the case of projects that are produced online – or without a public physical activity-, you could use the european cooperative’s legal personality for invoicing as if you were in Europe.
Secondly, you could be interested in selling your goods and services in Europe and join Freedom Coop to make it easier to have a relationship with your european clients.
All of that together with the reasons to become a normal member, which have been said before!
Your fees are based on your profits (incomes minus expenses).
Here is a calculation example for an individual:
=1200€ quarterly profit –> 70€ (58.3 FAIR) /per quarter
Here is a more complex calculation example for a collective of 3 people (all members of Freedom Coop) making a total profit of 3000 €:
person 1: 1200€ quarterly profit –>70€ (58.3 FAIR) / per quarter
person 2: 1200€ quarterly profit –>70€ (58.3 FAIR) / per quarter
person 3: 600€ quarterly profit –> 30€ (25 FAIR) / per quarter
= 3000€ –> 170€ (141.6 FAIR) / per quarter
You can see a full table of rates in our management page
An OCP member is a member who only needs to use the OCP to manage their projects. This member pays the initial membership contribution but doesn’t have to pay the quarterly fees
A project participant is a limited user which can be part of OCP in order to participate in tasks as a member of a project that uses Freedom Coop. This participant will be added by the project manager to the project they are going to be part of. Participants don’t have to pay fees.
The Open Collaborative Platform is an operating system for economic networks. Any member can use it to describe, organize and evaluate their projects and the teamwork they want to do online.
We also use OCP to manage Freedom Coop itself as a project. So we manage the membership process, contributions, and fee payments using OCP in a way that becomes state of the art: what an open cooperative deserves to become.
OCP facilitates the project’s use of Faircoin to distribute payments for the work they do inside the platform. It is explained in more detail in the tools page
Self-employed members (i.e people or groups who are going to do economic activity with or without invoicing through Freedom Coop) can ask for a bank account to receive and send payments when their self-employment project is accepted.
Freedom Coop doesn’t offer social security or health insurance in the standard way, as we act outside the system as much as possible. What we can provide is the formal cover for using these kinds of system if you take on the responsibility of their costs. In this way you have the choice of contracting it or not – depending on your personal needs and requirements, together with your capability to cover the expenses for it. In any case our capability for covering these specific needs will depend on the structure that we have for the country where you need it.
As our structures grow, we may be able to establish and offer similar services in an alternative way for our members in the future.
Freedom Coop is the result of the experience of using the tools developed by the Catalan Integral Cooperative for self-employment, which has been practised since 2010. The disobedient use of those tools has become the main strategic development for collecting enough economic resources in order to build the CIC’s process of autonomy.
With Freedom Coop this strategy escalates to a European level. In that sense one important role envisioned for Freedom Coop is to liberate resources from funding the state and capitalism so that they can instead be used to build self-management processes at a local, regional and global level.
In other words, Fair Coop’s actions towards building a new economic system are moving to the next stage with Freedom Coop
Otherwise towards this collaborative environment we aim to maximize the capacity to support and boost cooperative projects worldwide from local to global projects, and to facilitate collaboration between them.
As disobedients we choose to stop collaborating with the current Capitalist States, which are unfair and instead begin to contribute building their alternative. Therefore we are committed to use legal tools until their limits for avoiding tax payments and instead self-tax ourselves to create common budgets which can fund projects for the common good without the hierarchical intermediation of governments.
When we talk about creating alternatives to the current system, it is possible that the system will try to stop us, and this could involve risks. Therefore it could probably be said that no significant social change can be produced without risk. So, through collective empowerment, solidarity networks, shared knowledge and experience and especially with the support of many people available for defending our action, we cover our risks well enough.
Besides, in many cases people are already taking on legal risks because for one reason or another they are part of the informal economy (For example, they might offer services without invoicing, do irregular work, they might be migrants, or even other projects that practice economic disobedience). By using Freedom Coop you avoid at least some of the risks, such as the ones related with precarious legal situations, because you will have a community who can help you using some legal infrastructure.