Myths and Realities on Self-Employment
Individuals who experience disabilities may often fare better with a self-employment arrangement if they have recurrent illness problems, transportation issues, or difficulty with supervisory interactions and/or
working a particular time of the day. Self-employment, particularly home-based micro-enterprises, offers more flexibility and autonomy.
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Self Employment: A Real Option!
Youth with disabilities continue to have few opportunities for jobs. And rural regions of Florida
consistently experience much higher unemployment
rates than larger cities.
Self-employment, on other hand, continues to show
rapid growth across the United States. Over the past ten years, small business created more jobs in the United States than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.
Current estimates are that 20 million Americans own
home-base businesses. The self-employment rate is
growing at 20% annually even in this period of slow
Self-employment can be a great employment choice for graduating youth with disabilities.