Earning one's livelihood directly from one's own trade or business rather than as an employee of another.(adjective)
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Use "self-employed" in a sentence
"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."
"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."
"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.”"