Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. It is available for anyone, even if you are self-employed.
But as always you need to meet fairly specific criteria; namely, you are on a low income or out of work.
If you’re expected to look for and be available for work, then it needs to be identified whether you’re ‘gainfully self- employed’.
Gainful self-employment means that:
- your main employment is self-employment
- you have self-employed earnings
- your work is organised, developed, regular and in expectation of profit
As you would expect, you must provide evidence about your business and what you are earning through your business.