What does a self-employed worker look like and where will you find most of them?

Our image of a self-employed person — often distorted by movies, television shows or novels — is that of a successful professional, usually male, who is a consultant, works out of an office full of high-tech gadgets and spends the workday visiting clients or writing reports, followed by an evening of wining and dining.

The reality is far different, however. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry comes first, as 81% of those working in this sector are self-employed.

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