Company vs. Self-employed


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business? Use specific reasons to explain your choice.
    • What are the benefits of being self-employed?
    • What are the benefits of working for someone else?
    • What are the benefits of owning your own business?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
entrepreneur (n) someone who operates a business
To be an entrepreneur, it helps to be ambitious about your dream.
employee (n) someone paid for their work in wages
After owning her own business, she had to re-learn what it meant to be an employee of a large organization.
self-employed (adj) working for oneself as a freelancer
She wanted to be self-employed and set her own schedule.
hard-working (adj) tending to work with energy and commitment
Employers like hard-working employees.
hire (v) employ for wages
He hired the man on the spot.
succeed (v) achieve the desired aim or result
She knew she had what it took to succeed in the job.
move up (expression) adjust one’s position
He wondered if one day he would move up in the company.
keep on (expression) continue to do something
She knew that she just needed to keep on doing her own work.
end up (expression) to finally reach a place, state or action
He wasn’t sure which company he would end up in.
work for peanuts (expression) work for very little compensation
Even though he had been there for years, he still felt that he worked for peanuts compared to his higher-paid co-workers.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.”
― Virat Kohli


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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