Yes. However, it is important that you talk to a lawyer before doing so.
So long as your earnings are not at the level of Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), which for 2014 is $1,070 per month generally, the work should not bar your claim. If you exceed this amount, the Social Security Administration will find that you are not limited enough to be disabled.
If you try to go back to work but the attempt to do so fails, this fact can even be used to help your lawyer build your case in certain circumstances. Many judges will respect a person’s attempt to support themselves by continuing to try to work. However, it is very important to be honest with the Social Security Administration about trying to work.
It is also possible to try to return to work after you have been approved for Social Security Disability, but this will be discussed further in a later post.