Below is a list of options that can help you with being self-employed.
You might try some different options before you find one that works for you. Your supports might combine 2 or more of the options listed below.
Getting ready for self-employment
- Connect with supports to assist you to think about what’s involved in starting your own business, your local area coordinator (LAC) or support coordinator is a good place to start.
- Work out what products or services you can sell.
- Work out what skills you need to earn money, such as business skills: financial planning.
- Build new skills to help you to start your own business or connect with people who have the skills you need.
What supports are available and how can they support you?
Building new skills can help you live more independently. You can also learn skills that can help you at work.
New skills might be catching public transport or getting your driver’s licence. New skills could also be managing money, communicating with colleagues, keeping on time, teamwork and controlling emotions.
Participants have told us building new skills helped them get a job, keep that job or move on to a new job.
Research suggests the best way to develop new skills is with on-the-job training.
Your local area coordinator (LAC) can help you find supports in your community who can help you to think about what’s involved in starting your own business and what supports you will need to get started and to continue to work in your business.