Fee, Free or Flee?(freefeeflee.ca)

5 years ago from Beth R, UI Designer

  • Chris Steib, 5 years ago

    I love it, very helpful and candid.

    But a note on FREE work: I didn't see the word "learn" anywhere on the decision tree. Nor "capacity," which has at times been a determinant for me.

    That is, if I've only got about 20 hours on the books for a week, with nothing new on the horizon, I'll entertain free work (which, let's call it what it is: a favor) if there's something I can learn from doing it.

    Even if it doesn't end up in my portfolio, I can use that time to play around with some new design tool, meet new people, test out new design concepts, or just keep myself from getting rusty.

    And it's been my experience that work begets work -- I recently heard from the friend of a friend of a client I helped three years ago. You gotta play this freelance thing all the way to the river.

    One last piece of advice: always make a client sign my standard contract and SoW, even if it says $0 at the bottom. (It's also a great way to scare away disreputable people.) As every great ref reminds his boxers before a fight, "Protect yourself at all times!"

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