Coronavirus: information and updates

Reasonable adjustments when you're self-employed

If you are self-employed, you can choose how, when and where you work. This includes getting your own reasonable adjustments.

Access to Work

Access to Work provides funding and support to disabled people in work. The government scheme can cover things like:

  • specialist equipment
  • transport costs
  • a support worker

How much financial support you get from Access to Work will depend on your individual case. You cannot use Access to Work to cover start-up costs for a new business.

Check your eligibility and apply for Access to Work (GOV.UK)

Start Up Loans

Government-backed Start Up Loans can help you break through barriers to work. These can range from £500 to £25,000 at a fixed interest of 6% per year. You can repay this between 1 and 5 years.

Start Up Loans (GOV.UK)

Check if your local council offers any funding or schemes for self-employed people.

Finance and business support for self-employed disabled people (Disability Grants)

Negotiating with clients

If you need flexible working hours or to work from home, have a conversation with any new client. Being open with clients from the start can help you get work that suits your needs. Not everyone will agree to your conditions. But being self-employed allows you to choose the jobs you want and reject those that create barriers for you.

Reasonable adjustments

Flexible working


Employment information supported by Virgin Media.

We're working with Virgin Media to support 1 million disabled people in getting into and staying in work by the end of 2020.

Last reviewed by Scope on: 26/11/2020

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