from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Earning one's livelihood directly from one's own trade or business rather than as an employee of another.

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  • adj. Working for oneself, rather than for an employer.

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  • adj. working for yourself


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  • Already the size of what I call the self-employed "free agent" work force has exploded, encompassing about 44 percent of the work force or nearly 80 million people.

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  • First, those classified as self-employed are less tax compliant than W-2 employees and second the employers fail to pay unemployment and Social Security and Medicare due on employee salaries. News

  • I’ve been a freelance editor long enough to know that, for institutions like banks and future employers, self-employed translates to “nearly jobless but scraping by.”


  • While he owned up to six vehicles at a time -- the church paying most of his and his kid's insurance, cell phones and vacations -- his staff was required to file income tax as "self-employed" on minimum wage salaries, while his son and daughter made just a fraction less than he paid himself.

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  • The IMSS system in Mazatlan is so very over-taxed that my Mexican husband (who is self-employed) and I have decided not to be part of the problem.

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  • Two months ago, many of the roughly 70 Colorado groups affiliated with the tea party celebrated when political rookie Dan Maes, a self-employed businessman, won the Republican nomination for governor.

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  • I am self-employed and my modest business is internet based and perfect for an expat life.

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  • Pensions were the key topic on the agenda at a recent meeting of federal and provincial finance ministers, where they agreed in principle to create pooled registered pension plans that small-business employees and the self-employed can participate in.

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  • In later years he was a self-employed asphalt maintenance contractor and a fish and seafood salesman.

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  • An investigation by the Enquirer revealed that Mr. Nicholson was never in the Army, and that during the time he was allegedly a prisoner of war, he was a self-employed security guard in Florida.

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