A self-employed person is the sole or joint owner of the unincorporated enterprise (one that has not been incorporated i.e. formed into a legal corporation) in which he/she works, unless they are also in paid employment which is their main activity (in that case, they are considered to be employees).

Self-employed people also include:

  • unpaid family workers;
  • outworkers (who work outside the usual workplace, such as at home);
  • workers engaged in production done entirely for their own final use or own capital formation, either individually or collectively.

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