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[self-em-ploid, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɛmˈplɔɪd, ˌsɛlf-/
earning one's living directly from one's own profession or business, as a freelance writer or artist, rather than as an employee earning salary or commission from another.
Origin of self-employed
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • However, there are occasions when even a self-employed geek needs to suck it up and dress appropriately.
  • Most unincorporated self-employed workers work at home, but not all those who work at home are self-employed.
  • As explained here, it doesn't count all types of workers, leaving out self-employed and a few other categories.
  • About two-thirds of us who are working are self-employed.
  • The insurance market for small businesses, the self-employed, and freelancers is collapsing.
  • Becoming a self-employed writer is a dream career for many academics, particularly those in the humanities.
  • Read the instructions for details, and note the fact that these are for self-employed individuals, so some things might not apply.
  • If you did this self-employed you'd be writing off the entire expense.
  • If you can stomach it, you make good bank and you're practically self-employed for what it's worth.
  • Soldiers, spies, volunteers and the self-employed are not covered.
British Dictionary definitions for self-employed


earning one's living in one's own business or through freelance work, rather than as the employee of another
Derived Forms
self-employment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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