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Freelancer/self-employed worker

Best and Worst

More people are trading in their office jobs for the paycheck-by-uncertain-paycheck life of the self-employed.

"At my old job, there were days I literally didn't see the sun," says freelance writer Sharon Liao, 33, of Brooklyn, NY. "I had no time for exercise; I would come home make a sandwich, and collapse into bed." Now she sets her own schedule, eats healthier, and can go for a bike ride during the day.

But she's also tempted to work longer hours. "It's too easy now to check email and wind up working another hour before bed." Another challenge? Affordable health insurance. "It's complicated and expensive," she says.

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