Disability.gov’s Guide to Self-Employment and Starting a Small Business

Many people choose self-employment and entrepreneurship as a way to make money and become financially independent. Starting a home-based business can be a great opportunity for people with disabilities to increase their income, while avoiding transportation barriers or a lengthy commute to a job. This guide can help you find out if self-employment may be a good option for you.

Disability.gov’s Self-Employment section has a lot of good resources on starting your own business. You may also want to read the April 2015 edition of the Disability Connection newsletter which covers “10 Things to Know about Becoming an Entrepreneur.” In addition, we have developed this guide to connect you to programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you become a small business owner.

Here are a few “quick links” to get you started:

  1. Get Help Financing Your Business
  2. Find Help Near You to Start a Small Business
  3. 10 Steps to Starting a Business
  4. Self-Employment: What to Know to Be Your Own Boss
  5. GetMyFuture Self-Employment Information for Youth
  6. Find a Business Mentor or Counselor
  7. Small Business Resources for People with Disabilities
  8. How to Avoid Home-Based Business Scams
  9. Search for SBA Lenders
  10. Find Your Local Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The guide is divided into the following sections. Select the section you’re interested in for more information:

I want help:

Return to Disability.gov’s Guides to Information.