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package when you leave the initial Gateway stage of the New Deal programme. If you are aged 25-63 and want to work for yourself, Jobcentre Plus could help you through Work-based Learning for Adults or Training for Work in Scotland.

Disabled Entrepreneurs Network

The following website has been set up by the Association of Disabled Professionals: www.disabled-entrepreneurs.net. It aims to provide networking opportunities and share good practice for self-employed disabled people and those setting up their own businesses.

Prince’s Trust

If you are aged between 18-30 with a viable idea for your own business, then you may be able to get help from the Prince’s Trust’s Business Programme. They have a Business Start-Up Loan package which offers loans (on average £2,500) and grants of up to £1,500. Mentors and Business Advisers provide assistance with marketing etc. To be eligible for funding from the scheme you must have tried to raise the money elsewhere but failed. There are Prince’s Trust offices around the country which are listed on their website www.princes-trust.org.uk. Alternatively, call freephone 0800 842 842 and you will be put through to the Prince’s Trust office in your area.


People who choose to work from home usually fall into one of three categories:


Most homeworkers fall into this category and either provide a product or service from home (such as a web publisher, CV consultant or dressmaker) or use their home as a base (such as a plumber, market stall holder or musician). Freelance means

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