• ​​​Self-Employment takes a lot of prep work and research to just lay the ground work to get funding. 


  • Because of the time it will take you need to consider the first 24 months you will work many hours for little pay...below even minimum wage per hour.


  • Consider the impact of all the time you are focusing on your company will have on your family and time to do other things you enjoy doing.


  • ​Self-employment is a risk; most new businesses fail to make a profit. There are also large up front expenses that are hard to take when you do not have income yet. Can you be comfortable with an unstable income?


  • You may think your idea is wonderful but are others willing to pay you for your product and are they willing to pay you enough you can make a profit?  Can you take this rejection?


  • ​Self-employment can be lonely, it’s just you, no coworkers. Also, you are 100% responsible for everything that happens in the company and with the product. You must be optimistic and unafraid of uncertainty.  

Is self-employment a good match for you or not?

First you must have a talent or product you can already do or make for you to be able to be considered for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR or DVR) self-employment program.  But the good news is VR (or DVR) does have a self-employment employment option for employment if you meet their criteria for this program. NOTE: You must be able to do 51% of the business for DVR to support you in their self-employment program.                                

For more information go to the DVR web site:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dvr/self-employment 


Resources to look at if you are considering self-employment:

https://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/2014startup.pdf 


https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/selfemploymententrepreneurship.htm


https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-self-employment-starting-small-business


​https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/background-report-people-disabilities.pdf


​https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/Background-Paper-technology-people-disabilities.pdf

​http://www.employmentforall.ca/content/what/selfemployment/001.html



  • While self-employment is far from easy, It's Empowering!


  • While you put in many unpaid hours; you can schedule yourself to not miss important family events. You are your own boss!


  • ​​No co-worker drama or office politics for advancement.


  • You do not have to call in if you are sick. However, you do not get sick pay and if you don’t work the work does not get done.


  • ​​You are in control of your work area so you can set it up the way that helps you be most productive. Crank up whatever music is your favorite!


  • No one else telling you the required dress code, so if you are at home working on the computer all day you can have a PJ work day!


  • When your company grows you pick your employees and You hire who you want to work with!


  • You do everything on your terms, you are up at 11 pm or 5 am you work what fits your body as long as the work gets done. Self-employment is a lifestyle!

Self-Employment is worth the Climb if  you are willing to put in all the time and work it takes to get there.

What you need to know before you decide to pursue the Self-Employment path

Self-Employment for a person with a Disability

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If you qualify for the DVR self-employment program, QUESTWELL can assist you with the self-employment process at no cost to you. We have experts who understand the self-employment process for a person who has a disability and for a person who has a cognitive disability who wants to pursue 'Supported Employment,' Self-Employment. Questwell would be happy to assist you with DVR's paperwork for Self-Employment or Supported Self-Employment.  Fill out the contact  form for more information.