2022 I continue contracting work. I love what I'm doing, and I like the people I'm doing it for, but I'm doing far, far more than my position describes or my rate compensates, and, as a contractor, it's a bit like being a renter, paying somebody else's mortgage: There's no equity for my investment. No bonus, no raise, and no hope of either — short of sticking out the contract for two more years and hoping to get hired on at a more suitable paygrade. There's a surplus of open positions on the market. It's a great time to shop for a position elsewhere — one with actual benefits (like vacation, maybe?). I'd be doing my family a disservice if I didn't.

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