As a one-time professional musician (Now retired.) and someone who has run small companies this article in today's Toronto Star needed to be spread. Great thinking!
Here is the guts of the article.
By: Rhonda Abrams Special to The Star, Published on Tue Nov 19 2013
If you own a small business or are self-employed, sooner or later you will be asked to work for free. Should you?
If you own a small business or are self-employed, sooner or later you will be asked to work for free. The more successful you become, the more requests you’ll get.
But with the right response, you can turn these freeloaders into something positive.
You may want or need to work for free, especially when you’re just starting out to build a resume, client list or broaden your skills. At any time, you may be happy to donate your time and talent to good causes or very good friends.
Here are some ways to respond to common requests:
I can’t pay you, but you’ll get great exposure
I don’t have a budget for this project
We’re a start-up and don’t have any money
I’ll trade you
There are lots of other people who will do it for free.
When you give something away, send a bill listing your fee, followed by words such as “Fee Voluntarily Waived.” This establishes your value and reinforces that you won’t always work for free.
Be realistic: At some point if you can’t get paid, change the field you’re in or recognize that you have a hobby and not a business.
Rhonda Abrams provides business planning advice to entrepreneurs and is the publisher of books for entrepreneurs. She writes for USA Today.
Rhonda Abrams is president of The Planning Shop and publisher of books for entrepreneurs. Her most recent book is Entrepreneurship: A Real-World Approach. Register for Rhonda's free newsletter at PlanningShop.com. Twitter:@RhondaAbrams. Facebook:facebook.com/RhondaAbramsSmallBusiness.
Copyright Rhonda Abrams 2013.
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I am on holidays. Wooot! Yay! And all that!
However, I do still have to look after my clients. Plus I am finishing up the content for a Social Media workshop I am conducting next month for the Scala Network - these things have prompted this post.
The "Gurus" of Social media have muddied the water a wee bit. The normal folks (Read: The rest of us!) sometimes get scared, unsure, wary and downright confused about this SM stuff.
Pinterest is a social network that facilitates sharing through the use of a virtual pin-board. Users can group content into various boards by “pinning” pictures they want to save onto them. Pinterest’s focus on visual content makes posts quickly and easily consumable and can be used to promote visual sites and services such as makeup tutorials, recipes, quotes, and infographics. Over the last couple of years, Pinterest has become a social force, with over 12 million users in the United States as of February. In fact, in terms of traffic, it is the third most popular social network in the country and it is one of the most effective sites for engaging customers.
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