BOSS Mindset: I Quit!

Some days you just want to throw your hands in the air and scream: I QUIT! You’re not alone. We’re not talking about quitting the voiceover industry… but quitting a client? Sure. You can do it. Sometimes you should do it. The BOSSES talk about the Q word and how it can actually be a good thing for your business. Quitting can be courageous!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Quitting a frustrating client is sometimes essential.

  2. Self-care is all about knowing what is healthy for you and your stress level.

  3. It’s only a recent business phenomenon for people to think about work and joy in the same sentence.

  4. Previous generations couldn’t fathom quitting a job because it didn’t make them happy.

  5. Work used to be something you endured.

  6. NOW, we have the ability to carve a path that is fulfilling and that makes us money.

  7. Millennial ‘entitlement’ is often misunderstood. This is a generation that has standards.

  8. Our economy is able to sustain a different view and the shift has gone from working for a living to working and living.

  9. It can sometimes take experiencing a soul-sucking situation to realize that there’s another way.

  10. Entrepreneurs have the unique ability to control their stress/joy matrix and adjust things accordingly.

  11. Corporate companies are making this shift too.

  12. Being choosy about the clients you take on can avoid the need to quit a client later.

  13. Passing up an opportunity that seems difficult can circumvent the problem altogether.

  14. Quitting a client can be done tactfully by finding them an alternative supplier for their needs.

  15. Passing on a job that doesn’t make you feel good is perfectly acceptable.

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Read what the Creative Live blog has to say about Firing a Freelance Client

  2. Check out what Marc Scott has to say about Firing a VO Client

  3. Paul Strikwerda has also talked of firing a client on The Nethervoice Blog

  4. Recorded on ipDTL

Full Episode Transcript

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Anne: Hey everybody, welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby.

Gabby: Hello.

Anne: Gabby, I quit.

Gabby: You can’t quit. You can’t quit me. You cannot quit me. This is not acceptable.

Anne: Some days I just want to quit. Not you, not you ever, but some days I just want to quit. What I’m talking about is quitting clients sometimes that are frustrating to me. What do you think? What are you thinking? 

Gabby: Well you know, this is fun, because this topic was brought to us by our lovely team. When I first read it, I read it as “I quit quitting.” [laughs]

Anne: That means I’m never quitting again.

Gabby: Exactly and I was like, that sounds like a terrible podcast idea for us, and who does that?  We’re not quitters. Then I realized that I had the comma in the wrong damn place. So “I quit comma, [laughs] quitting” as an act of courage. Or if you like, really a semicolon is what it should be.

Anne: Is it an act of cowardice, or is it an act of courage? 

Gabby: You know, I think, in so many situations, it depends on what’s happening. Some things in life are simply too stressful, and we’re put through too much of an emotional roller coaster, and everyone’s limit is different on what they can take and what constitutes proper self-care. An yeah. There are simply times where we have to say I quit. I’m done. I can no longer do this because it is no longer conducive to a healthy environment for moi.

Anne: It’s no longer bringing joy. I remember that I got out of the corporate world because it was no longer giving me joy, and I should not say corporate world. Corporate world, educational world, whatever you end up doing for a living. If you quit because it no longer brings you joy.

I would absolutely agree that that’s an act of courage.

Gabby: Into itself, let’s think about what you’re saying right now, having a job or have a work that brings you joy. We’re the first generation to think that way, I think. Can you imagine your parents? Could you imagine your folks going, “well, you know, I quit because my job did not bring me joy anymore”? No. I know for my parents.

Anne: Well you know, I think you’re right. If I think about my parents, no. They just, the way it was, you went out and you got a job. You went to school, you got that job, and you – well, back in that day, you stayed at that job. You got promoted.

Gabby: And you simply accepted that work is work, and it’s sometimes terrible and it’s not always happy, and it doesn’t always fulfill you, but it’s what you have to do.

Anne: Well, you’re right.

Gabby: Or it’s what you’re supposed to do.

Anne: And I think we’re the first generation. And you know what, the millennial generation is the one who I think are bringing up the rear here by really wanting to find joy and genuine authenticity in what they do for a living.

Gabby: Which is interesting, because this is the very thing that some people misinterpret as entitlement. Because they want better, they expect better, they have a different standard about the things that they want to do for a living. And yeah, to plenty of other people, “you’re supposed to work hard. You go to work and you put up with [beep] your boss gives you and make your living.” Those days are over. People don’t really do that anymore. I mean certainly economically we’re not in a position where that’s necessary.

Anne: Well, I think for a lot of our generation, we don’t find out about the joy part of it until we’ve experienced a whole lot of frustration and stress in our current situation and then we’re like, you know what? This is – there’s more to life than this, right? There has got to be a place where we can follow our passion and follow our dream and make money doing so. And if that, if those two things come together, it would be lovely because we do have to have maybe a mortgage to pay, a family to feed, and wouldn’t it be great if we enjoyed what we did fo