Individual Placement and Support is a supported employment model that gives people with mental illness the help needed to work successfully at competitive jobs.

Self-Employment

Strategies

Self-employment refers to working for yourself instead of for an employer. It can involve selling products, service or both, with the goal to increase . Self-employment can be full- or part-time.

Why is it Needed?

Self-employment can offer benefits to people with disabilities. These may include making their own business decisions, setting their own schedule, working around their unique strengths and limitations, the option to work at home, having a job that matches their skills and interests, and the availability of Social Security incentives for growing a business.

How Does it Work?

Anyone who is motivated can have their own business. In general, planning for self-employment should include the following steps:

  • Analyze the market
  • Develop a business plan
  • Identify supports and resources
  • Implement the business plan

In supported self-employment, assistance can be provided to help with running the business and any disability-related challenges.

Tips for Success

Consider whether self-employment is a good career option. Ask these questions to determine if it is a good fit:

  • Do you have a skill, interest, or passion others may want?
  • Are you self-motivated and can you get things done on your own?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Are flexible hours and the ability to work from home important?
  • Will you need support in running your business?

How Can I Access Services?

You can learn more about accessing services in your community by contacting Project E3’s Technical Assistance Center.

Additional Resources and Training