Self-Employment Services

Is Self-Employment for You?

Do you want to manage your own career? Self-employment is an option for many people who want more independence or who are not finding the job they want in the employment market.


Self-employment can take many forms, both full- and part-time. For example, you could:

  • run a business on your own, with a partner or with employees
  • own and manage a franchise
  • work on contracts for different clients
  • hire yourself out as a consultant in your area of expertise

To succeed in self-employment, you need both skills and an entrepreneurial aptitude.

Self-Employment Services are designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with the information, skill development, resources, and coaching support they need to develop a business concept, prepare a business plan and launch the first year of business, while receiving EI or Living Assistance.

The Self-Employment program is available to participants by a referral process from WorkBC Employment Services Centres. A Case Manager at Work BC Employment Services Centres evaluates participant eligibility based on criteria and administers financial benefits.

For more information, please contact your local Work BC office.


Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

About Community Futures

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