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Self employment and benefits - What benefits can I claim?

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.

What benefits can I claim?

When it comes to working out which benefits you are eligible for and how much you might get, the same rules apply whether you work for an employer or are self employed. However, it can be a little trickier working out your hours and earnings if you are self employed.

Benefits you might be entitled to when you are self employed include:

If you are self employed but are not able to work due to illness, injury or disability, there are other benefits you might be able to get. See: What benefits can I claim if I can't work because of illness, injury or disability?

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