I just wanted to explore the associated problems of coping with depression as a self-employed person. Im a tennis coach and only generate income from actual hours coached on court. I would like to prioritise my recovery and rehabilitation from this latest episode of depression, but feel pressurised to keep going or else lose my the good will of my clients and ultimately their business. After a 4 week period, where I resided with my 74 year old mother, I am now back at home and have formulated a part-time coaching schedule which reflects the need to engage socially with my clients, to keep fit, and to earn some income. I have made a back-dated claim for employment support allowance for the 4 week period i wasn't working at all, I am awaiting a decision on benefit, but whether it can be back dated Im not sure as in away its not a current claim, becuase I will working 16 hrs this week.or at least thats the plan, although Im never quite sure when each new day comes whether I can do hat I've planned.
In terms of paying rent I have been told that that it will be possible to receive benefit even if I am not any benefits, and have not received any income from a job either. Anyway, im trying to sort things out.. . !!
If anyone has any insights or can resonate with these sort of problems it would be good to hear from you.