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Should I Work While Waiting?
Posted in: Application Process, Social Security Disability on August 26th, 2011

workingIf you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you’ve likely got a long wait ahead of you.  The average time from application to receiving benefits for either of these programs is about two years, which is a long time to go without any sort of monetary support.  Many people wonder if they should continue trying to work during the application process so that they can have some form of income.  But does working jeopardize your chances of getting the benefits that you need?

The Long And Short Of It

In general, you are not prohibited from working during the application process.  In fact, many people who try to get a job while applying for benefits are unsuccessful due to the extent of their disability – and should this be the case, it can help you get your benefits faster since it shows a displayed need.

Of course, if you are able and willing to work at a full time job for a long period of time, the Social Security Administration may decide that you are not disabled enough to receive disability benefits.  It can be difficult to predict what the Social Security Administration decides on individuals who have some ability to work – it is unpredictable.  But if you are unable to find work due to your disability for a period of at least 3 to 6 months, this can help your case.  So even if you are unable to work, it might be a good idea when applying for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income to at least look for a job.  The harder you try, the better it looks on your application for disability benefits!

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