I am self-employed
Worries about money and work are common for those affected by breast cancer. However, these can be especially difficult if you are self-employed.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I owned a small business and was the major family contributor. So taking time away from work was not an option and, in retrospect, I think working through the treatment was a good option for me.
Along with health concerns, you may be wondering how:
- you will carry on working throughout your treatment
- your diagnosis may impact your business
- you will cope financially and continue to pay the bills
- to share your diagnosis with your staff and/or clients
- you can step back from work for a short period and who could fulfil your duties in the interim.
The information throughout this section can assist you if you are self-employed and recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
For further information, the following resources are available:
- Download BCNA's Managing work, finances and breast cancer fact sheet for more information about work and finances.
- For free financial counselling visit the MoneySmart website.
- For information on dealing with finances and debt contact the National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007 or visit the National Debt Helplink website.
- For free financial counselling for those living in rural areas visit the Rural Financial Counselling Service website.
- For assistance with a functional assessment at work or a rehabilitation plan visit the Occupational Therapy Australia website.