self-employed ˌself-emˈployed adjective JOBS
1. having your own business, rather than being employed by a company:

• Over a quarter of agency-supplied computer staff are self-employed.

• Many self-employed businessmen are dependent on loans for working capital.

2. the self-employed people who work for themselves, rather than being employed by a company:

• One of the services we offer to the self-employed is a series of free consultations with financial and legal experts.

— compare freelance1
— self-employment noun [uncountable] :

• The rise in self-employment is likely to increase the flexibility of earnings.

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self-employed UK US /ˌselfɪmˈplɔɪd/ adjective WORKPLACE
not working for an employer but having your own business or finding work for yourself: be/become/go self-employed »

16% of workers in Britain are self-employed.


a self-employed builder/contractor/person

Compare CONTRACTOR(Cf. ↑contractor), EMPLOYED(Cf. ↑employed), FREELANCE(Cf. ↑freelance) adverb
See Note SELF-EMPLOYMENT(Cf. ↑self-employment)
self-employed UK US noun [plural] WORKPLACE
the self-employed — Cf. the self-employed

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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