I can’t sell. To be honest, I won’t sell. Our VP is high-pressure, even though he thinks the clients think he’s a cool dude. So it’s hard for me to be in the same room as him and one of my clients. He’s constantly asking, “Any new projects out on the horizon for us?” or “Let’s get together for a brainstorming session on new opportunities.” – it makes my skin crawl. My clients continue to give new projects to me because I don’t bother them. My theory is, let the work speak for itself and if they like it (and you), they’ll keep using your agency. All the pressure in the world won’t work if your creative sucks or you miss deadlines.
I got an offer from another agency (on the analytics side of advertising) yesterday. My salary would stay the same, but I would be able to work from home 3 days a week. I love my agency – my co-workers are the best group I’ve ever worked with – but I have two issues: the constant pressure to sell and ability to telecommute. But analytics doesn’t interest me in the least. Maybe I could learn to love data. Nah.