self-em·​ploy·​ment ˌself-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce self-employment (audio)
: the state of being self-employed

Examples of self-employment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Identify your self-employment goals when considering a move What might self-employment look like for you? Nerdwallet, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 For example, the requirements for proof of self-employment didn’t come until later in the program, after many had already collected benefits. David Lightman, Sacramento Bee, 18 Apr. 2024 Prior to retiring from her career in the dental field, Susan says her husband used his experience working in RV tech to take the leap into self-employment five years ago, renting out RVs in western Colorado for work. Matt Kirouac, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 Deliveroo argues that its riders enjoy the flexibility provided by self-employment, with many using it as a side hustle or a stepping stone to other careers. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 18 Mar. 2024 For Gen Z, self-employment is also about having more control over their lives. Bynick Rockel, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2024 Past studies have pointed to Gen Z being more in favor of self-employment as they’re met with the realities of an increasingly expensive economy. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 28 Feb. 2024 There are entrepreneur or startup visas, self-employment visas, student visas, and so on. Kathleen Peddicord, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 That is, women opting for self-employment to escape the un-meetable demands of managing a career, childrearing, and household management. Gemma Allen, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-employment was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Self-employment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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