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Why not work for free?

Why not work for free?

Labor - appropriate, conscious human activity, aimed at meeting the needs of the individual and society. In the process of this activity, a person with the help of tools masters, changes and adapts to his goals the objects of nature, uses the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of objects and natural phenomena and forces them to mutually influence each other to achieve a predetermined goal.

Labor is voluntary , forced and forced (for example, slavery ).

This memo will help those who regularly try to use not always honest people. You can not work for free because ...

I decided to make a memo in which I will list the points why anyone and never can work for free. This memo will help someone who is not always tried to take advantage of honest people. At once I will make a reservation that by free I understand a project that does not bring tangible benefits to the performer.


If the work is done for free, its cost will be zero for all parties. Do not be surprised if in a week the project that was needed yesterday will be canceled without batting an eye, and they will not even say thank you. All that goes for free is not appreciated. At all. Such is human nature.


I am not aware of the cases of writing a technical assignment or brief in a free project. As a rule, it all ends in one short conversation and a maximum of several letters. The risk to come to the wrong result in a free project is high.


Your old friend Petya, with whom you sat in the tavern in the evening, asked you to make a logo for his new startup (shop, wing from the moped - it does not matter). Asked to do in the background. You agreed. You regretted it in the morning, especially since two great projects with a good budget fell on you, for three months. Where will Peter go? Right at the end of the line. And most likely, Peter will not wait. Because no one puts real deadlines for free projects.


Suppose you decide to make a super effort and make Petin a project the night before new projects start. Deep night, your eyes are bloodshot, you terribly want to sleep and are ready to kill Petya along with his startup. But by five in the morning you finally hit the submit button. What exactly you send to Petya doesn't matter anymore. Because quickly there is no quality.


It's all clear. If you had to promise, and then regret your promise, then you will understand. Excuses, grimaces, hide-and-seek, heart-to-heart talk - all this awaits you if you decide to give up your word. Either you will hate yourself and make sworn promises to never do anything more for free. Self-torture level ten you provided!


Do not expect that the relationship in a free project is something different from a commercial one. I do not want to be asked for it, or even deeper. And excuses, like: "Well, what did you want for free?" not a ride. A dissatisfied person will be equally dissatisfied with any price list. Spoiling relationships for free is even easier.


Have you decided to take on a free project in the hope that you can put it in your portfolio and take money for the next? Not funny! Most likely, your next project will also be free. Because you have a weak spot and lovers of freebies successfully use it, forcing to generate more and more new free projects. Your weak point is an inferiority complex. And making free projects to freeloaders, you are unlikely to get rid of them. But the bad will do for sure. Better implement your personal projects or lay out training.


You can only grow if you make a big, interesting and challenging project in a team. Free project, by definition, this can not be. He is short, poor quality and unloved. What can you learn from him? At the time when you are doing a free project, you are not growing.


By doing free work, you harm the market and your colleagues. First, you produce a poor-quality product, clogging up the market and the brains of customers. Secondly, you are not paid money, which means you will not spend it, and someone will not receive it in exchange for their goods and services. That is, free work hinders economic growth and hinders the development of the country's economy as a whole. And colleagues quietly hate you, because you select their bread.


They don't love you. Sincerely and wholeheartedly. Never tell anyone about your free deeds. Only if this project is really expensive for you and useful.

And how is it right?

Why not work for free?

I summarize practical tips that will help you not to fall for free projects:


Never promise if you are in a good mood. Exit the room. Take time out and weigh the pros and cons well. Think with your head, not your heart.


Never say "yes" if you are not sure. If you say: "Yes, I will do it, if I have time," then consider you have already promised. People take it as a promise, not as a condition.


Learn to say no. Without hysterics, without cheating, with a smile looking into his eyes. Friend, colleague, Pope. Immediately say no, much better than a promise and not done.


Do not expect that you suddenly at the end of the project will pay or present something. What you take for granted, not everyone thinks so.


Do not do test tasks! They can be done only if you are settling in with Lebedev, or you are a really cool pro, and there is no portfolio (which is strange). Test tasks came up with freeloaders! I know of a case where one company placed a vacancy with a good salary for several years in a row and asked for the test task: to lay out a booklet, make a newspaper, arrange a stand. In my opinion, this vacancy is still not closed.

Via Utyomov Aleksey &