Simplest PPP application for independent contractors, gig workers, etc? PPP Fast Lane is here!

In this 3-minute read:

  • PPP Fast Lane aims to help eligible businesses and workers access the Paycheck Protection Program as simply and easily as possible
  • Gig workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, self-employed people, etc. can get up to $50,000 in forgivable PPP stimulus loans
  • Get your application data submitted in about 5 minutes!
  • How does PPP Fast Lane work?


The Paycheck Protection Program has issued over $648 BILLION dollars in forgivable PPP loans so far, trying to support America’s small businesses and workers. However, the SBA’s attempts to reach the vital small-business core of America has not been as successful as it could be. 

Up to 41.1 million non-employer businesses could qualify for PPP, but only 3% of PPP funds have gone to businesses with 0 or 1 employees. In fact, 96% of these businesses or individuals did not apply for PPP loans in 2020. 

Womply built PPP Fast Lane to change all of that. Let’s go over some of the key features of this new, streamlined process built for contractors, gig workers, self-employed people, and other businesses without employees.

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What is PPP Fast Lane?

Womply’s PPP Fast Lane is a streamlined PPP application process built specifically for independent contractors, gig workers, 1099 workers, and any self-employed person without employees.

Since we’ve automated much of the redundant questions and non-applicable documentation requirements for applicants who don’t have employees and who are applying for smaller loan amounts, it only takes about 5 minutes to get your application started, your documentation uploaded, and your data verified.

How is PPP Fast Lane optimized for non-employer businesses, contractors, and gig workers?

One of the reasons businesses without employees, independent contractors, Uber drivers, etc. have been underserved by the PPP is that they often don’t think of themselves as “small businesses” so they don’t even know they can apply. They also don’t usually have access to CPAs or knowledgeable financial advisors, and when they do apply, they’re more likely to have PPP application errors and be disqualified.

It’s also more likely that these “underserved” businesses and individuals can’t find an SBA-approved lender who will process and accept their PPP loan applications, since some lenders have stopped taking applications for loans for the smaller amounts that are more common among truly small businesses, contractors, gig workers, housekeepers, Doordash drivers, etc.

In addition, other PPP application processes are often complex and time-consuming, since they were designed for businesses with multiple employees, a staff of CPAs, and piles of complicated paperwork to sort through. 

PPP Fast Lane was specifically designed and built from the ground up for non-employer businesses, sole proprietors, gig workers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals. Once you select a few simple options, much of the application process is automated for you based on your responses. 

Womply’s PPP Fast Lane is easy, it’s simple, and it’s here to help you get your PPP Loans ASAP. 

Too busy to apply for PPP? Don’t have employees? PPP Fast Lane was built for you

  • Simple, five minute data collection process
  • Guides you through every step along the way
  • Automated first and second draw loan applications

Am I eligible for PPP Fast Lane?

To be eligible for PPP Fast Lane, you must first be a non-employer business, independent contractor, gig worker, self-employed person, etc. See our FAQ: Do I Qualify for PPP? (Non-Employer).

If the above applies to you, then you also must have:

  • Never received a PPP or EIDL loan
  • U.S. mobile phone number
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Bank account you can access online
  • Access to a PDF of your 2019 or 2020 IRS tax filings including your IRS Form 1040 and attached Schedule C or Schedule F

Go deeper:

What documents are required for PPP Fast Lane?

Before you apply via PPP Fast Lane, make sure you have:

  • PDF copy of IRS Form 1040 and attached Schedule C or Schedule F from 2019 or 2020

See our FAQ if you have questions about how to find or provide your IRS Form 1040 and attached Schedule C and/or Schedule F.

Can I use tax documents from another year (2017, 2018, etc.)?

PPP Fast Lane only works with 2019 or 2020 tax filings. (To qualify for a PPP loan, you must have been in business on or before February 15, 2020.)

Who can use PPP Fast Lane?

PPP Fast Lane is completely free and available to any eligible business. If you are ineligible for Fast Lane then you will automatically have the option to apply with PPP Fast Lane. If you are not eligible for PPP Fast Lane, you may still be eligible for the PPP program and we will automatically connect you to a lender who we believe will be able to serve you.

How much does PPP Fast Lane cost?

PPP Fast Lane is completely free. It’s illegal for any company to charge a borrower to access the PPP program. Companies such as Womply (we are not a lender) receive compensation from our lender partners. Lenders get paid fees by the government for providing PPP loans. Neither Womply nor any PPP lender will charge you to access the PPP program.

Do I have to apply for PPP loans through Womply or PPP Fast Lane to get funded?

No, you are under no obligation to apply for the PPP through Womply or PPP Fast Lane. In fact, there are over 5,000 lending institutions that are approved by the SBA to originate PPP loans (and Womply is NOT one of them—we are a technology company). If you would prefer to work with a lender that doesn’t work with Womply you can find one here. We hope to earn your business, but mostly we want to make sure you get funded!

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Sources:

https://info.mbopartners.com/rs/mbo/images/MBO_Partners_State_of_Independence_2020_Report.pdf

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses/sba-paycheck-protection-program-loan-level-data

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