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Straight talk about the freelance life.

Many people see the freelance life as glamorous and alluring from the outside. To be honest… those people aren’t entirely wrong.

But it would be dishonest to suggest that there are no downsides.

Is the freelance life the life for you?

Here, we lay all the cards out on the table and examine the ups and downs of being your own boss.

The Pros and Cons

PRO: Freedom and flexibility

It’s one of the first draws freelancing has for most people. We decide our work hours. We decide where and how we work. We decide how much we work. …

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For freelancers and businesses of all sizes.

Who hasn’t lost something important on their computer? Back in the day of coal and steam-powered computers, I’ve lost a few college papers to bad disk drives or faulty floppies. Even as recently as a few years ago, a fatal hard drive error resulted in my spending two weeks rebuilding several layout projects from scratch.

It took a while to recover.

Older and wiser now (well… older, at least), I’ve gotten better at protecting my data not only from the ever-present threat of malware and computer viruses but hardware failures as well. …

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Protect your data — both personal and business.

If you think your home is any safer than a business when it comes to being the target of cybercrime, you’d be wrong. The Guardian reported this past May a rise in phishing and malware attacks on people working from home. The FBI has found a 300% increase in cyberattacks as many people shift from an office environment to home.

With so many people working from home — and likely working from home for some time to come — it is essential to become more aware of the security risks connected with working remotely.

Cybercriminals know that a home office is less likely to have robust security measures in place. They’re also aware than many people still aren’t fully settled into the work-from-home flow and that some procedures may have gone lax as everyone waits for life to return to “normal.” …


John Teehan

Writer specializing in tech, business, parenting, pop culture, and gaming. Visit wordsbyjohn.net for more info and rates. Twitter: @WordsByJohn2

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