If you own your business or do freelance work, you're self-employed. Self-employed people don't work for an employer.

When someone is employed, it means they work or have a job. When you're self-employed, you work and pay income taxes like any other worker, but the way your job is defined is different. You're either a business owner, or someone who does freelance jobs. You might be a self-employed plumber or a self-employed editor — either way, you work for yourself.

Definitions of self-employed
  1. adjective
    working for yourself
    synonyms: free-lance, freelance
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    receiving a salary
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