Should You Work for Free?
by Jonathan Bales
- Working for free is a form of gambling.
- “We’re all trying to strike a balance between maximizing money/value/happiness right now versus creating a sustainable foundation for long-term value generation.” — Jonathan Bales
- “…find success by helping people, not by trying to maximize short-term exposure. Just be authentic.” — Jonathan Bales
- On blogs:
- “Offer to contribute to one of them for free. Just get your foot in the door. I know some people have started their own blogs and that’s certainly a way to go, but I prefer writing for someone else when starting out. Let someone else worry about traffic and the site and everything else. Just focus on honing your craft.” — Matthew Barry
- “Develop skills—real, unique skills—demonstrate how you can help someone with those skills (however possible), then figure out how to make money from it.” — Jonathan Bales
- Reps are one of the most important things when it comes to getting better and being more comfortable with whatever you’re working on.
- “The upside of free work extends only insofar as it can increase long-term value in your life, so it should be obvious the person/company for whom you’re doing work is pretty important in determining whether or not you should work for free.” — Jonathan Bales
Working for free is the most selfless/selfish thing you can do. On one end you’re working for free, which really helps out whoever you’re working for. On the other end, you’re working for free because you see some selfish advantage as to why it benefits you too (whether it be now or in the long-run).
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