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Checklist: information for self-employed people

If you are self-employed and have had a downturn in business and a reduction in your income you can use the links and lists below to check out your entitlements.

The headings in the left hand column of each section link to general documents on the subject, and those in the right hand column link to details of specific payments or services.

Setting up a business

Becoming self-employed and Setting up a business give you a broad overview of the factors involved in setting up a business, including information on types of self-employment, tax, PRSI, legal issues and sources of support.

Supports for unemployed people

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

Short-term Enterprise Allowance

Problems with self-employment

If you are no longer earning enough from self-employment, or your business has to close down, you may qualify for a social welfare payment. You do not need to deregister as self-employed to get a payment.

Getting a social welfare payment

Jobseeker's Benefit (for people with sufficient PRSI contributions)

Jobseeker's Allowance

Claiming for an adult dependant

Claiming for a child dependant

Signing on for the first time

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

Exceptional Needs and Urgent Needs Payments

Maintaining your social insurance record

Becoming a voluntary contributor

Signing on for credits (in some cases self-employed people may be able to sign for credited PRSI contributions)

Money and debt

Getting credit

Many small businesses have difficulty getting credit. Your Business Your Bank (pdf) is a guide on getting funding for small and medium businesses. It includes information on how to prepare a bank credit application.

If you have a small or medium business and your application for credit is refused you may be able to apply to the Credit Review Office to have your case reviewed.

Am I really self-employed?

Code of Practice for determining Employment or Self- Employment status of Individuals (pdf)

Going back to education or getting back to work

Education and training

Back to Education Programme

Back to Education Allowance

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme

There are a number of schemes to support people who are unemployed and want to get back to work.

Other sources of information

The Citizens Information Board has published a booklet online: Supports and information for the self-employed (pdf). You can also get a print copy from any Citizens Information Centre.

County and City Enterprise Boards

The Revenue Commissioners

The Companies Registration Office

Toil and Trouble: A Guide to Self-Employment (2009) (pdf)

Page updated: 13 October 2011

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Contact Us

If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.