A Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) can help you look into self-employment and see if it’s a viable option, plus they can help you find sources of funding and support. Becoming self-employed can be a scary thought but it can offer a working environment that fits your needs and one that will work with your skills. It can also be very rewarding and you don’t have to go it alone as there are some schemes and organisations that can help:  

The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme which helps people gain access to business advice and help with funding. This scheme offers a weekly allowance worth up to £1,274 and you can also get a low-cost loan to help you with initial start-up costs along with a mentor to help you develop your business. You must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and get one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (or your partner does)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (or your partner does)
  • Income Support, if you’re a lone parent or you’re sick
  • You may also be eligible if you get Universal Credit.

The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme can help you if you’re aged 18 to 30 and have a good idea for starting your own business. This programme can give you access to business skills training, planning, start-up loans, funding and support from a mentor.

The Disabled Entrepreneurs website has inspiring stories and access to networking opportunities for self-employed disabled people and those setting up their own businesses.

http://www.mienterprise.org.uk/

http://www.communitycatalysts.co.uk/

From 14th January 2013, disabled people who want to set up their own business will be able to get help from Access to Work if they enrol on the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

The NEA provides expert coaching and financial support for jobseekers with a business idea.  Access to Work support can help pay for specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs when setting up a business. For further information, please see the following links:

Access to Work Factsheet
Employer’s Guide to Access to Work

- See more at: http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/info-packs/jobs-training/#sthash.6Z1Cctvq.dpufMiEnterprise and Community Catalysts are two organisations that work creatively with individuals, supporting them to set up their own businesses. Covering everything from support with tax forms to purchasing equipment which individuals can rent. Lots of positive outcomes all round!

http://www.mienterprise.org.uk/

http://www.communitycatalysts.co.uk/

From 14th January 2013, disabled people who want to set up their own business will be able to get help from Access to Work if they enrol on the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA).

The NEA provides expert coaching and financial support for jobseekers with a business idea.  Access to Work support can help pay for specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs when setting up a business. For further information, please see the following links:

Access to Work Factsheet
Employer’s Guide to Access to Work
- See more at: http://www.netbuddy.org.uk/info-packs/jobs-training/#sthash.6Z1Cctvq.dpuf

MiEnterprise is a supported self-employment specialist that enables disabled people to set up their own businesses.

Read about self-employment support in Wales.

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