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Abstract Details for Vocational Rehabilitation Self-Employment Guide

People explore self-employment for many reasons. Self-employment can offer a flexible schedule. It can create opportunities for work when there aren’t many options for paid employment. It can allow for more creativity or continuing a family tradition. Whatever the reason, many people with and without disabilities dream of owning a business. This guide is designed to help you decide if self-employment is a good option for you, and can help you work through the first stages of business planning. Although it was written to help you and your Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselor work through the self-employment process together, the guide can be used by anyone thinking about starting a business. Chapter 1: Self-Employment Overview: basic information about self-employment. It also describes how the process may work in Vocational Rehabilitation. Chapter 2: Self-Employment Readiness: why become self-employed and how self-employment fits with your values, traits, and skills. Chapter 3: Business Feasibility: your business idea and how to figure out if the business has a good chance of success. Chapter 4: Introducing the Business Plan: the parts of a business plan and talks about why it’s important to plan out business details ahead of time. Chapter 5: The Marketing Plan: the many ways you can do research about your business. It also describes different ways to reach customers. Chapter 6: The Operations Plan: legal requirements for getting started, and how your business will be managed and operated. Chapter 7: The Financial Plan: How to predict costs and revenues during business start-up and beyond. Chapter 8: Business Development Resources links to resources you might use for advice, training, grants, or loans.