Tue, 08 May 2012 13:07:55 GMT | By Kerry Gold, MSN Money
Got what it takes to be a contract worker?

A whole new set of challenges

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Contract workers are found in every industry. They exist in journalism, television, film, advertising, marketing, publishing, government jobs, software development, website design, engineering, project management, manufacturing, human resources -- you name it. The era of the job for life with a cushiony pension is over for many Canadians. Today, contract work poses a whole new set of challenges for workers, alongside the obvious benefits of not having to punch a clock or work under a demanding boss.

Here is a list of some of the things you should consider before making the jump from permanent position to the growing ranks of temporary contract workers.

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