My buddy told me that when clients ask her to write a quick freebie for a trial run, she flat out says “no, I don’t work for free.” I was a bit shocked, but also super impressed/envious. Why? Because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent a good hour or four of my precious time writing an audition piece only to hear nothing back from the company.
Anytime someone asks for a freebie, it ticks me off. After all, would I ask an accountant to do 1-4 hours of my taxes to see if she is a good fit? No! Would I ask a contractor to build part of my house to see if I like it? Nope. How about asking a doctor to deliver part of my baby to see if her approach is suitable. Yikes.
Freelancers, this is what I learned: Our time is worth just as much (and often more) as any other professional, and we don’t have to do anything for free.
So, what do you do instead?
I’m glad you asked.
Rather than writing a freebie, here’s what you do:
- Refer them to your portfolio. Chances are you already have loads of relevant work they can check out to see if you would be a good fit.
- Tell them how you would approach the project, what your turn around date is, and then ask them when you can start.
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