Consider self-employment or start your own business

Some people find it more fulfilling and empowering to be their own boss. Self-employment can give you more control over the type of work you do, freedom and flexibility to make your own decisions, and greater responsibility within the workplace. It also gives you more legal and business responsibilities, such as managing money and product, paying taxes, marketing your business and supervising employees.

There are many resources available for people who want to start a business—good places to start are your local library, the Internet, or classes at a local community college or adult school. Also, many non-profit organizations and government agencies now offer this support. If you think that self-employment may be a good option for you, you can find a list of organizations and resources for starting your own business in Appendix R, PG. 642. IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are currently incarcerated, you need permission from the warden to operate a business.