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[self-em-ploid, self-]
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  1. 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.
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Origin of self-employed

First recorded in 1945–50
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Related Words for self-employed

self-employed, unaffiliated

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British Dictionary definitions for self-employed


  1. earning one's living in one's own business or through freelance work, rather than as the employee of another
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Derived Formsself-employment, noun
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