If you're considering self-employment, there's a lot of support and advice available to get you started.
Self-employment can be working from home for a few hours a week or it can be full-time in an office.
Skills you need to be self-employed
These can be things you do yourself or may need help with:
maths and literacy record keeping using social media to promote your service or product building a website Getting ready for self-employment Working at your own pace
You do not need to work every day if you're self-employed. You can choose your own hours, depending on the time or energy you have. Working for just a few hours is still working. For example you could:
work when you can, which could vary from week to week increase your hours slowly because you want to work full-time Self-employment and benefits
You can be self-employed and still get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Means-tested benefits are based on income and savings. How being self-employed affects your benefits will depend on your circumstances. Self-employment and benefits
You can call Scope's helpline if you want advice on the benefits you receive and how self-employment might affect this.
Scope helpline Moving into full-time self-employment
If you are on means-tested benefits and decide to become self-employed full-time, you will need to let the DWP know.
If you work more than 16 hours a week, you will not get ESA.
Your Universal Credit payments will be reduced by 63p for every £1 you earn over your specified work allowance.
Universal Credit work allowances (GOV.UK) Setting yourself up as self-employed
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