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Publication 4445-E contains the definitions for employee, self-employed and independent contractor. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4445esp.pdf

According to IRS 2011 1040 schedule SE Instructions:
"You must pay SE tax if you had net earnings of $400 or more as a self-employed person. If you are in business (farm or non-farm) for yourself, you are self-employed."
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