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What the heck is a freelancer? A freelancer, freelance worker, or freelance is somebody who is self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer long term.

Freelancing has become an enormous part of the work landscape and is popular among all generations. For many Americans, the days of 40-hour work weeks in the office are long gone, and they’re happier because of it. Freelancers are generally well educated, with about 20% of freelancers having a Master’s Degree.

Not having a stable employer can also have big downsides, such as missing out on employer-provided medical insurance and getting stiffed by clients. Half of all freelancers say not having affordable health care is their number one concern. Freelancing is a great choice for many people, but filled with a few unavoidable pitfalls. This graphic points out some of the worst to look out for.

RELATED: How Freelancers Can Use Social Media to Market their Services.

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About Jörgen Sundberg

Founder of Undercover Recruiter, CEO of Link Humans and host of the weekly Employer Branding Podcast.

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