What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
My girlfriend has been on SSI for several years after a workplace accident. She would like to get off SSI, but due to her injuries cannot do any kind of repetitive work and she has limited English skills. Even office work like typing is too much for her. She has tried the ticket to work program, but the agencies she's contacted don't even return her calls.
The one job we thought she might be able to do is sell Mary Kay. She could spread the work around to keep it to something she can manage. Initially, she would borrow a few hundred dollars from family and friends and reinvest her earnings to build inventory. Eventually, this could become a regular source of income to either reduce or eliminate her dependence on SSI.
She talked to her worker about this, and he told her the minute she signed up for Mary Kay she would lose all her SSI benefits. Based on what I've read on the SSI page, this doesn't sound right. At the beginning, she would have well under the $2,000 resource limit, and her net income would be zero until she built up the business to a certain point.
Can somebody on SSI start up a Mary Kay business? Could she qualify under the PASS program to get started? Or was her worker right and she'll lose all her benefits immediately?