Guide to Self-Employment
Are you someone with a disability who is interested in exploring the possibility of self-employment or starting your own business?
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) assists people like you who are interested in becoming their own boss. We will help you determine if this decision is the right one for you.
What is the difference between self-employment and a small business enterprise?
If you were to become self-employed, you would be working for yourself rather than for an employer. In a small business enterprise, you would also be working for yourself. However, you might have one or more persons working for you. In addition, with a small business enterprise, you would need a substantial amount of capital (money) to open the business—and keep it going—until you began making a profit.
What are the advantages of being your own boss?
What are the disadvantages of being your own boss?
How does Michigan Rehabilitation Services provide guidance to persons interested in self-employment or starting a small business?
Who should I contact if I am interested in becoming my own boss?
If you would like to explore the possibility of self-employment or starting your own business, call Michigan Rehabilitation Services toll free at 1-800-605-6722 or 1-888-605-6722 (TTY). Ask to speak with the Small Business Consultant. If you are in the Lansing area, you can call the Small Business Consultant directly at (517) 373-8297. Once you your initial questions have been discussed, you will be referred to an MRS office in your community to continue your career exploration.
Will Michigan Rehabilitation Services assist me in finding employment if I decide that self-employment or starting a small business is not for me?
Each year, Michigan Rehabilitation Services helps more than 7,000 persons with disabilities enter or re-enter the job market. We place individuals in positions at private businesses as well as with government and nonprofit agencies. A rehabilitation counselor at an MRS office in your community will be happy to discuss your employment aptitudes and interests.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
1-800-605-6722 (toll free, voice)
1-888-605-6722 (toll free, TTY)