You can continue to work as a consultant or a self-employed individual even if you file bankruptcy. Now, there are caveats to that. It all depends on the assets that you have as a self-employed individual. If the business has assets, they are personal assets, so they will have to be disclosed in your bankruptcy petition. It may be the case that those assets are too valuable to protect in a Chapter 7 and you can look for relief elsewhere, such as a Chapter 13. It's important that you really lay out all of the assets, that you have an open and frank discussion with the attorney that your hire to represent you in making those difficult decisions.