If you own a small business or are self-employed, sooner or later you will be asked to work for free. The more successful you become, the more requests you’ll get.
But with the right response, you can turn these freeloaders into something positive.
You may want or need to work for free, especially when you’re just starting out to build a resume, client list or broaden your skills. At any time, you may be happy to donate your time and talent to good causes or very good friends.
Here are some ways to respond to common requests:
I can’t pay you, but you’ll get great exposure
- What exactly is the nature of the exposure? How will my name and description be used? Will you have a link to my website?
- How many people will be there?
- I’ll need a testimonial from your company for my website and brochures.
- Thank you, but I obviously have enough exposure since you contacted me.
Couple more examples in the link. Great advice here for anyone in a creative field.