This is the first band I've walked away from where it was actually really hard to think of giving them up...I enjoyed playing with them and they're really nice people, but I've hit this turning point (tipping point? ha) in my life where honestly, I want to be a "hired gun" and I want to make money. I realize not everyone aspires to this...but I do and I'd rather just SAY that than get involved with people who don't have the same goals as I do. So, I decided I'd be better off simply going after that and focusing on my personal goals as a bassist, than staying with a project that doesn't pay, even though it was fun. The band was very surprised but I made it clear that this was nothing personal against them and offered to play the next couple of gigs until they find a replacement, if necessary, since I kinda caught them off-guard. In the meantime, I'm working on my online presence and recording some new demo tracks this weekend, and I have a cover band audition tomorrow night. If any of you have any wisdom to impart upon me when it comes to making money off this, please feel free to share whether in this thread or via private message. You know, how you started, what your policies are, what your invoices might look like, some of the positive experiences you've had. I feel like so much of what I read in the Band Management forum is about "bad breakups" so it would be nice to read some happier posts!