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Are you self-employed, like 3/10 of the world's workers?

Whoa. Some 29 percent of the global workforce is made up of self-employed individuals, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Is that a good thing?

Self-employment certainly has its advantages, particularly for those who are skilled and motivated self starters. At the same time, working for oneself can be risky, particularly in difficult economic times and in poorer regions of the world.

The highest self-employment percentages reported by the Gallup poll were found in East and Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In some of these spots, individuals working for themselves reported incomes of less than $2 per day.

The lowest percentages of self-employment were in North America and the European Union.

The August 2014, Gallup study represents 2013 employment statuses of those surveyed.

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