De-Comfort Zoning

At one point, you find what could be called a comfort zone.  It's not much, but it's something that makes you feel somewhat secure in the typically uncertain world of freelancing.
My comfort zone is a couple of creative consultancy jobs.  I earn regular pay (albeit small) and I have more time for mini projects in between.  Pretty comfortable, eh?

Now, be warned.  A comfort zone in Raketsville is like an oasis in the middle of a barren desert.  It's there one minute, it can vanish the next.
One, because by some unforeseen turn of events, your contract can be put to an end leaving you with a month's notice and without separation pay.  That depends on your negotiation on the get-go, but usually, freelancers don't get the regular employee farewell perks.
Two, because you know there will always be a better deal out there.  Being freelance gives you an insatiable kind of hunger, a craving.  You could be in a cozy world right now, but what else is there? Are you being smart or did you just sell-out?

So even as you are given the time to enjoy what feels like a stable scenario, don't be fooled.  Don't rest on your laurels.  Never close your windows (yes, that's plural) of opportunities and never stop hunting.  Always keep that horizon broad and wide just in case the ax falls unexpectedly or just in case your feet get that sudden, uncontrollable case of wanderlust.

Sorry to rain on your little parade.  Believe me, it's for your own good.
Comfort zones are cool, but cynicism is cooler.


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