How do you get your friends to understand you do not work for free? I am sure this is a situation anyone can relate to. Friends will seem to forget that we all work for a living. I have recently run into this in my professional life. I work from home as you can guess from this website. I am a web designer and internet marketer. I enjoy what I do, but there are so many distractions that come up throughout the day it can be almost impossible to get anything done. Sometimes it seems our friends and family tend to think that since we are at home, we are at their disposal. Urgent to whom? Urgent to him or urgent to me?
I find that I am too nice of a person. I need to begin telling friends….
“I’ve got work to do, and the most valuable thing I have and the only thing I have is time, and I’m just not going to give it away, because utilizing my time efficiently is how I make money….”
I think what we all have to do, even if you are only protecting yourself against the people in your family is you have to block, put up that wall of steel and save that time and use it to get your work done. I know this is easier said than done.
The whole working for free element is especially an issue for those who are writers, editors and computer professionals, such as web designers. The layman person just does not understand that they need to pay you for anything related to your profession. If you have a friend who is a doctor and you say to her, “Doctor, I’ve got this thing in my knee,” she is will say to you…
“Well make an appointment, come into the office and we’ll take a look at it.”
But somehow for people who work at home on the computer all day, it does not work like that. People have this notion in their head, “Give it to me for free!” And, I think you just have to draw the line with these people.
Sometimes you can pass the buck and tell people who are asking for free computer work….
“I am sorry, I am booked, but I have friends whom I can recommend to you that will do the work you are asking. They will charge about $1000 for what you are asking and they will do an outstanding job for you…”
And, then you will never hear from those people again, because they do not necessarily want your work. They instead wish to place the spotlight on themselves and they want to show everyone that they have done something and want you to produce a website or piece of imagery for free which serves to only promote themselves.
I’m not saying do not help people. After all, I spend a great deal of time helping people within the Wealthy Affiliate community, as I am an Ambassador within WA. If they ask you a question that you can answer in five minutes, then by all means, help them. But here is my advice to you, draw the line somewhere and ask to be paid for your hard work. You will be doing them a favor as well, because if people pay for something, they will take it much more seriously. Unless somebody is paying, once they take a dollar out of their pocket and they have to give it to you, they listen to you far more than they ever would if you were helping them for free because they say to themselves…
“Oh my God! I got to get something out of this because I just gave some money!”
So you will be doing them a favor by ensuring that they take you seriously. And, the reverse is true. If you ask a favor from a friend that relates to their profession, please offer to pay them, because that will help you much more than it will help them.
I hope this helps some of you when you are faced with this situation, because it has happened to all of us at one time or another. I would love to hear some of your stories about this. Please comment below and share this article with others whom you think will benefit from it.