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Self employment and benefits - Schemes and useful links

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.

The benefits you are entitled to will depend on a number of things, including your age, the number of hours you work and how much you earn.

Schemes and useful links

New Enterprise Allowance

Government scheme aimed at helping those in receipt of certain benefits to start their own business. You could get a loan to help with start-up costs, a weekly allowance payment and help and advice from a business mentor.

Enterprise Clubs at FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses has information on local Enterprise Clubs. These provide places where unemployed people who are thinking about setting up their own business can meet, share ideas and receive expert advice and support from local business people.

Gov.UK self-employment setting up information

Information on becoming self employed and the schemes that are available to help you, including the New Enterprise Allowance.

Gov.UK information on self employment

Has comprehensive information about self employment, including how to register for self assessment and starting up in business.

HM Revenue and Customs Starting Your Own Business e-learning course

Free e-learning course aimed at anyone who is starting their own business in the UK.

Small Business Advice UK

Website produced by a media company that provides information resources and forums for people running or thinking of setting up a small business.

Money Advice Service

Free and impartial money advice provided and useful budgeting resources 'Budget Planner available'

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