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Working for Yourself: An Option for Financial Independence

Have you considered working for yourself? Self-employment may be an option that can put you on the path to financial independence!

Self-employment has a number of benefits including deciding where and when you choose to work. But, trying to work for yourself also has some risks. For example, it may be difficult to obtain the initial funding required to get your business started, or you may not have the information and resources you need to develop a business plan.

The good news is that the Ticket to Work program can help people with disabilities who are interested in self-employment. Many vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and workforce development professionals are implementing strategies and establishing partnerships with other public and private sector organizations to promote entrepreneurship as another option to financial independence. Opportunities to start a business exist across a broad spectrum of occupations. You can decide to try a new career or explore your passions.

This past August 28th, we presented a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, “Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence.” During the event, presenters discussed:

  • Factors to consider when you think about self-employment
  • Features of the Ticket to Work program, Work Incentives, and self-employment
  • Where to find more information

You can watch the recorded webinar here, read the transcript, download the presentation slides (PDF, 1.06 MB) or download the audio from the presentation. We also conducted a live Facebook Question & Answer session immediately following the webinar on August 28th.

If you want to learn more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email us at support@chooseworkttw.net, or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-968-7842 (TDD/TTY) to get started!

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