Are you self-employed? If so, you may be wondering if you qualify for unemployment benefits. Generally, unemployment benefits are available only for employees, not for the self-employed. However, if you want to buy into the California EDD’s unemployment insurance benefit program (it’s called elective coverage) go to this Information Sheet provided by the CA EDD at their website. It tells you what to do if you are in business for yourself and you want to obtain elective coverage for unemployment benefits. It also tells you how to obtain elective disability insurance in California.