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Self employment and benefits - Am I employed or self employed?

If you or your partner are working, or thinking of starting work, as a self employed person you might qualify for welfare benefits to top up your income.

Am I employed or self employed?

Working out if you are self employed is usually straightforward. If you run your own small business or work for a variety of clients and are able to choose when you work and who for, you are almost certainly self employed.

Some people think they are self employed, however, or are told they are self employed by the people who are engaging their services, when they should actually be classed as workers or employees. For more information about this, read the Low Income Tax Reform Group's guide to self employment.

If you are unsure what your status should be, use our Turn2us Find an Adviser to find a local adviser for further help and advice.

Updated: April 2022


Reviewed: April 2022

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