There Are Very Few Times You Should Work For Free - Denise O'Berry

There Are Very Few Times You Should Work For Free

How many times have you heard:

1. “Can I pick your brain for a minute?” or

2. “Do you have time for a quick lunch so I can ask you some questions?” or

3. (I love this one!) “It will be great exposure for you!” or

4. Some variation of these questions?

I’ve heard it a lot over the last 10 years.

Don’t get me wrong. I love helping people. I give away free advice all the time here on my blog and through articles published across the web.

But it’s important to remember that any time you give comes at a cost.

And if you are giving your time away for free, that won’t pay the bills. So you’ll need to figure out a balance. And for every request you get, make sure you figure out in advance what’s in it for you.

Here’s a really good video of Harlan Ellison, a popular but contrary Hollywood writer making this very point.

What do you think?

About the Author Denise O'Berry

Hello! I'm Denise, Your Strategic Partner -- Let me guess. You bought into the hustle, hustle, hustle vibe and now you're on the brink of burnout. You keep setting your alarm for earlier in the day, but don't gain anything from it -- except bleary eyes and frustration about how little you've accomplished at the end of the day. I get it. I've walked in those shoes and they aren't a good fit for anyone. Let me help get you where you want to go without all the stress and frustration.Click here to learn more.