A post about requests for free work, and the right way to cultivate relationships—online and off—before asking for favors.
If there is an issue freelancers and entrepreneurs have to deal with almost daily, it is requests for free work.
When it’s not an organization asking you to deliver a presentation “in exchange for free lunch and exposure”, it may be someone wondering if they could pick your brain.
Or there is also the discount chaser who feels they have every right to get your advice for an “affordable” rate because they have referred you to some (invisible) potential clients.
Too often, people forget the basics.
It always pays to get to know a person before asking for help.