Generally, you are self-employed if you meet one of the following:


Trade or Business

A trade or business is generally an activity carried on for a livelihood or in good faith to make a profit.

The facts and circumstances of each case determine whether or not an activity is a trade or business.

Important elements include:

  • Regularity of activities
  • Regularity of transactions
  • Production of income 

You do not need to make a profit to be in a trade or business as long as you have a profit motive. However, you must make ongoing efforts to further the interests of your business.

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