Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business, but you’re not sure where to start? The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) is here to help! Let’s break down what this support. Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

What is STEA?

The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) is like a helping hand for people who want to begin their own business journey. It’s there to assist you if you’ve lost your job and have a burning desire to become a business owner.

Who Qualifies for STEA?

To qualify for STEA, you need to meet a few criteria:

  1. You should be receiving Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) or Jobseeker’s Benefit Self-Employed (JBSE).
  2. You don’t need to wait for a long time to be eligible for STEA. There’s no specific waiting period. However, if you’re already receiving JB or JBSE and working part-time, you won’t qualify for STEA.

How Does STEA Work?

STEA is paid instead of your JB or JBSE for up to 9 months. It stops when your JB or JBSE ends, which could be either after 9 months or 6 months.

Rules to Keep in Mind:

  • You must get approval from a Case Officer at your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office for your business plan in writing before you start.
  • Seasonal, temporary, or part-time self-employment won’t qualify for STEA.
  • If your self-employment ends or you take up another job, be sure to let the Department of Social Protection (DSP) know right away.
  • If you’re unemployed when your STEA ends, you won’t immediately qualify for JB or JBSE again. But you can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is a payment based on your financial situation.

What STEA Offers:

STEA provides financial support to help you kickstart your business. Here’s what STEA can do for you:

  • Start-Up Grants: You’ll get money to help set up your business, like buying equipment or marketing.
  • Priming Grants: This is extra support to help your business grow, like giving it a boost of energy.
  • Trading Online Voucher: If you want to sell online, STEA can help you set up your online shop.
  • Feasibility Study Grant: Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to figure out if your business idea will work. STEA can help you with that.
  • Mentor Support: You’ll get advice from experienced business mentors who can guide you.
  • Training and Workshops: You can learn new skills and get better at running your business.
  • Networking: You’ll meet other business owners and share ideas to help each other grow.

More Benefits:

  • You can keep any extra benefits you were getting with JB or JBSE, like a medical card or the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
  • You don’t pay PRSI or Universal Social Charge on STEA, but it’s subject to income tax, just like JB or JBSE.

So, if you’re thinking about starting your own business, reach out to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office, and they’ll help you on your business journey. It’s time to turn your business dreams into reality!

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Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

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