Definition of self-employed in English:



  • 1Working for oneself as a freelancer or the owner of a business rather than for an employer.

    ‘a self-employed builder’
    • ‘He was working as a self-employed IT consultant and was doing well.’
    • ‘If you are self-employed or your employer does not offer benefits such as those above, there are two main areas likely to be of great relevance.’
    • ‘She is now a self-employed consultant advising on the workings of the Scottish parliament.’
    • ‘More than half of all Somalis are self-employed, as herders, farmers, or independent business owners.’
    • ‘This contribution will apply to employers, employees and self-employed persons.’
    • ‘Only this time, being self-employed or running the business, they take all the risks.’
    • ‘Inspired by his love of safari animals, the self-employed builder will make the month-long trip in October this year.’
    • ‘It's the kind of business that many self-employed people aspire to, but few manage to achieve.’
    • ‘Paul is a self-employed builder and joiner but keeps around 10 to 15 sows at one time in a paddock next to his bungalow.’
    • ‘Dividends are not liable to NICs so the worker will pay less in NICs than either a conventional employee or a self-employed person.’
    • ‘How many self-employed people in small business get anything like 4 weeks' annual leave?’
    • ‘I work as a consultant for an insurance company, training self-employed agents to run their businesses more efficiently.’
    • ‘They are self-employed business people who travel the country holding fairs, chiefly during the summer months.’
    • ‘The price of health insurance for many self-employed workers and small businesses became unaffordable.’
    • ‘The remaining three-quarters operated as freelance or self-employed individuals.’
    • ‘However, the experience gave the self-employed businessman a day to remember for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘When they were in government a lot of small businesses and self-employed people went bust.’
    • ‘Most islanders are self-employed builders, fiddle-makers, boat-makers or jewellers.’
    • ‘The respondent husband is a self-employed businessman in the City of Niagara Falls.’
    • ‘She began as a self-employed cosmetics consultant, which involved running parties at peoples' homes.’
    freelance, independent, one's own boss, working for oneself, casual
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or designed for people working for themselves.
      ‘the rules for self-employed pension plans have been altered’
      • ‘For those of us with self-employed pension schemes, it is another year before the end-of-October tax relief deadline looms.’
      • ‘This could apply to all wives who are part of the self-employed business.’



/ˈˌself əmˈploid//ˈˌsɛlf əmˈplɔɪd/