Today's Obsession: Quitting

Quit your job—you owe it to yourself and your work, says Ben Pieratt.

I agree, wholeheartedly, but because I’ve been around the block long enough to see why quite a few designers don’t do well in corporations: the hours are dronelike, most folks around you are administrative in nature and therefore see creative solutions as an unpleasant “wild card” in their day to day that generates more work, and most of all, many of us don’t like being told to can the creativity and just fulfill the line item. I know every company isn’t like this, but lots are. The big sell for self-employment for me: you are totally in control of your own life. That’s a liberating feeling, friends.

So if you’re one of those who just doesn’t do it well, stop trying. Quit and start your own practice.

Maybe we’ll spend next week talking about that a little more, since I’ve done it already, hmm?

via Jackson Cavanaugh in my Twitter stream. Photo from fuzzcat’s Flickr stream.

Be sure to check out the full “Guide to Quitting” series:

Part 1: How to Quit
Part 2: Establishing Control
Part 3: Planning
Part 4: Billing

9 thoughts on “Today's Obsession: Quitting

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  3. Lynn

    While being self employed sound great (no one to answer to but yourself and your client)…
    It is amazing to me how many creative people do not know how to manage a business.
    No matter how good you are at doing your job…
    there is so much more to know.
    I strongly suggest that you take some business coarses before going down this road.
    And that you actually put together a Business PLAN and a BUDGET!
    do the homework and get any family or friends that are successful to help review your plan.
    Having a job is a big thing these days!
    Deciding to quit your job should be well thought out!

  4. Red

    I quit my job from a small agency about 7 months ago to become freelance, and pursue my love of photography by assisting. It’s not been easy, I live in an NZ and things are pretty slow at the moment and companies aren’t looking to employ freelancers just yet as money is tight. Lucky I saved enough from my last job to pay the bills! Hopefully this employment drought ends soon.

  5. Patric King Post author

    kim, you’re doing the right thing by sticking it out for now if you’re broke. hopefully we can help out.

    i’ve pretty much settled on breaking this out into a few posts next week. most likely longer, on how, why, and when to start out on your own.

  6. kim

    would love to up and quit but too risky. i don’t have the $$$ to take that risk so instead i’m an art director for a magazine who’s getting paid less than any one i know, with no other design help and is the only one working obscene amounts of UNPAID, UNCOMPED overtime. therefore i’m miserable. doing work i love for a company i don’t. but no way i could just start up my own magazine and be successful. would love to know the magic trick without being a millionaire to start.

  7. Megh

    Amen to that. And even if you do handle corporate life alright, working for yourself is such a breath of fresh air. I just took the leap about 4 months ago and haven’t looked back. It is overwhelming at first: finding clients, making the investment in up-to-date equipment, learning the business stuff and making a lot of mistakes. But if it were easy, everyone would do it. Just leave your current job on good terms, a bad rep is hard to shake.