Ben the beneficiary sitting at computer with a piece of paperFor some people with disabilities, self-employment can offer flexibility and opportunities to meet career goals that can put them on the path to financial independence. Have you ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, or working for yourself? This week, in recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week, the Ticket to Work program is highlighting resources you can use if you want to explore starting your own business.

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Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work
 
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February 21-28 is National Entrepreneurship Week

Feb 25, 2015

Ben the beneficiary sitting at a computer with a piece of paperFor some people with disabilities, self-employment can offer flexibility and opportunities to meet career goals that can put them on the path to financial independence. Have you ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, or working for yourself? This week, in recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week, the Ticket to Work program is highlighting resources you can use if you want to explore starting your own business.

• Read about Megan Riggs - Megan Riggs is a Ticket to Work Success Story participant who experienced a mental illness but really wanted to work. After seeking treatment and finding help through the Ticket to Work program, Megan turned a passion of hers into a business and is now self-employed. Read Part I and Part II of her story.

Network - Starting your own business is not easy. To become self-employed, you will need a strong support system personally and professionally to help you along the way. Read this blog post with networking tips for people with disabilities. Creating and maintaining relationships can help you advance your career.

Whether you are deciding if self-employment is right for you or you already have a job, Ticket to Work is available for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64. To talk to someone about your work options, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET.