With today's economic meltdown causing massive layoffs, the job-market is flooding with a flux of freelancers and consultants…most of which are starting off self-employed for the first time. While the prefix “free” in freelance shouldn't always mean working for nothing, there are instances when it could be beneficial as long as your smart about it. Veteran freelance career advisor Michelle Goodman wrote a column of consulting do's and don'ts for the New York Times that briefly explains the slippery slope of self-employment.

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