Self-Employment Courses

Self-Employment Courses

Business Financials Training Series

For many vocational rehabilitation counselors, the financial aspects of self-employment can feel overwhelming or confusing. This series provides VRCs with a foundational understanding of key financial topics to ensure a VRC can identify critical details on financial statements to promote success. The first module in the series explains business owner earnings, the second module covers the basics of Profit and Loss statements, the third module covers Cash Flow statements, and the fourth module shows VRCs how to use financial statements to support a VR customer in achieving self-employment.

Counselors are encouraged to complete all four modules but have the option to complete one or the other.

Time: 1 hour per module (average)

CRCs: Up to 4 CRCs, one CRC per module

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Core Self-Employment Concepts

This six-module series empowers Vocational Rehabilitation counselors with the knowledge and tools to effectively support VR customers in each step of the self-employment process. The series begins with a module on strategies for exploring the possibility of self-employment. The remaining five modules cover the five steps of self-employment: Business Concept Development, Business Feasibility, Business Planning, Business Launch, and Maintain the Business. Designed specifically for VR professionals, this series will build your confidence in working with individuals pursuing self-employment and provide practical information, tools, and examples.

Counselors are encouraged to complete all six modules in the series but have the option to complete the ones they need the most.

Time: 1 hour per module (average)

CRCs: Up to 6 CRCs (1 per module)

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Orientation to Self-Employment and Telecommuting for Rehabilitation Counseling Students

This four-module curriculum developed for rehabilitation counseling programs offers students an overview of self-employment and telecommuting options, the benefits of using these approaches, and steps rehabilitation counselors can take to support people with disabilities to pursue these employment outcomes. Rehabilitation educators can add this four-hour curriculum to a rehabilitation counseling class as a structured learning component.

Anyone interested in building a basic understanding of self-employment and telecommuting options for people with disabilities will benefit from completing this course as well.

Time: 4 hours for the course

CRCs: 4 CRCs for the course

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Self-Employment through the VR Lens

This seven-module series guides Vocational Rehabilitation counselors through the steps to support self-employment, from intake/eligibility through case closure. Modules 1 and 2 introduce self-employment, highlight its potential benefits and opportunities, and explain the steps to become self-employed. Modules 3-7 follow the VR service delivery model, addressing self-employment considerations at every stage (e.g., intake and eligibility, IPE development, etc.). Designed specifically for VR professionals, the series explores the VRC's roles and responsibilities when supporting self-employment candidates and provides practical information, tools, and examples.

Counselors are encouraged to complete all seven modules in the series but have the option to complete the ones they need the most.

Time: 1 hour per module (average)

CRCs: 1 CRC per module

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Telecommuting Training Series

This series provides Vocational Rehabilitation counselors with the information and tools to effectively support VR customers in exploring and pursuing telework. The first module in this series covers the basics in telecommuting, including what it is, how it has evolved, typical telework tasks, and the benefits and challenges that can come with this unique employment arrangement. The second module explores how Vocational Rehabilitation counselors can support telework, including strategies for helping a VR customer decide if telework is a good fit and the type of supports that are needed for success.

Counselors are encouraged to complete both modules but have the option to complete one or the other.

Time: 1 hour per module (average)

CRCs: Up to 2 CRCs (1 CRC per module)

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