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.
|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|
|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 (Self-Employed) (for people with sufficient PRSI contributions)|
|Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme||Additional Needs Payments|
|Maintaining your social insurance record||Becoming a voluntary contributor|
Microfinanceireland.ie is a website for small businesses looking for information about financing or funding their business.
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.
|Checking your employment status||Code of Practice for determining Employment or Self- Employment status of Individuals (pdf)|
|Education and training||Back to Education Programme|
|Employment support schemes||There are a number of schemes to support people who are unemployed and want to get back to work.|
|Other sources of information||Local Enterprise Offices|