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I am looking to start my own business

laura3110 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited January 25 in Work and employment
Good morning 
i am looking to start my own business but know i will not be able to commit myself to full time.
I have bipolar, i've been on Support group ESA i am petrified of going back to work full time and damaging my health again, then being back to square one again - Homeless, and jobless and trying to claim all over again. 

Any tips from people?


  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,710 Disability Gamechanger
    @laura3110 I commend you for wanting to start your own business  but in my own opinion this can bring alot of stress in its self  unless you personally think you can cope with this 

    Another option would be to work part time and stay on benefit as you are allowed to work and claim which may be better for you but only my opinion 

    I am sure others will comment with advise aswel 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,877 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome what sort of business are you thinking of starting ? 

    Starting a business doesn't mean you have to commit to full time that's the beauty it can be flexible to meet your needs you just commit to the amount of work you are capable of doing 

    However there will be stress related to marketing your business and getting it off the ground and the admin of it 

    Job centre run some good courses to support people starting up 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,464

    Scope community team

    Hi @laura3110

    Welcome to the community, how are you? 

    Great to hear you are looking to start a business, I would say that if you have a well thought out and researched idea, there's no reason why you can't do it and succeed. There's no need for a self-employed person to work full time, as long as what you make covers your bills of course :) 

    Please remember also that even though you will be employing yourself, there is still support that you are entitled to so that you can make doing your job easier, see this page for more information.
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 2,010 Pioneering
    Bear in mind too that if this business is going to be operating from your home, you may need to inform your landlord, you may be liable for certain rates and may need to purchase specific insurance dependant on what it is you will be doing. 
  • laura3110
    laura3110 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you everyone 
    so the business won’t be from my home. It will be a cleaning business so not working from home. 
    I contacted DWP I’m allowed to do permitted work which will include up to 16hrs per week. The woman told me that I can register my business and start website building etc 
    So I’m able to start off small. 

    I really appreciate the help, with start looking for funding etc for equipment. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,632

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    Great stuff @laura3110 :) Keep us updated! 
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