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Adrienne D'Amico is co-owner of We Bake in Heels.

DAVE CHAN/dave chan The Globe and Mail

We've been flocking to the ranks of the self-employed, according to a recent Statistics Canada report.

The number of self-employed in Canada grew by more than 100,000, or 4.3 per cent between October, 2008 and October, 2009. At the same time, paid employment tumbled by 480,000, or 3.3 per cent.

Is the grass any greener when you're no longer working for The Man?

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Brenda Ee Kwun, founder and 'chief navigator' of Vancouver-based Travellers Deck Ltd., and Adrienne D'Amico, co-founder of Vaughan, Ont.-based We Bake in Heels, chose the self-employment route near the start of the economic downturn. Read their stories here.

They joined us to talk about their decision, and how it has worked out for them, and to field questions from you, our readers. View an archive in the box below.

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