Self Employment

Here you will find resources that help self-employed individuals start and operate their businesses.

Starting a Business

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Visit your state's small business guide to learn more about startup requirements in your state.

Financing a Business

Federal and state government agencies do not provide grants to self-employed individuals for starting a business. However, there are a number of low-interest loan programs that help individuals obtain startup financing. Visit the Loans and Grants Search Toolto get a full list of grant, loan, and venture capital programs for which you might qualify.

Tax Information for the Self-Employed

  • Employer Identification Number 
    An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a federal tax identification number, and is used to identify a business entity.
  • Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
    Offers a broad range of state and local tax information including resources for specific industries, professions, self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and small businesses.
  • Online Classroom
    The Small Business/Self-Employed online classroom has a series of self-directed workshops on a variety of topics for small business owners.
  • Self-Employment Tax
    The Self-Employment Tax is a social security and Medicare tax for individuals who work for themselves.
  • Sole Proprietorships
    Provides a listing of tax forms a sole proprietor is to file and additional resources.

Visit your state's tax agency to learn more about state taxes required for self-employed individuals.

Social Security

Government Contracting Opportunities