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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elance by Karen Lacey

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Top Contractors

The life of the freelancer isn’t for everyone. It takes a special personality to give up the security of a steady paycheck for the luxury of being your own boss. Sometimes the process isn’t voluntary. With the amount of corporate layoffs and downsizings over the past years, more and more people have found themselves needing to bring in that extra income.

What often happens is that people give freelancing a try first. They take on a few jobs, get the feel for it, and then decide if it’s a fit. The thing is, many blossom in this environment. The following three stories illustrate such success.

Julie Babikin

Julie was laid off from her job with a financial services company and left with no way to pay her mortgage. She lived 45 minutes ...

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