Business / Real Estate / Independent Contractor: One who is retained to perform a certain act, but who is subject to the control and direction of another only as to the end result and not as to how he or she performs the act. The critical feature, and what distinguishes an independent contractor from an employee or agent, is the degree of control the employer has over such a persons activities.
Independent Noun Synonyms: free, self-governing, autonomous, sovereign
Independent Adjective Synonyms: self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-assured, (self-)confident, bold, individualistic, competent
Business / Finance / Independent Project: NYSE member who executes orders for floor brokers and firms other than its own. MORE
Technology / Television (TV) / Independent Station: Stations not affiliated with any network, usually refers to commercial stations only. MORE