Thinking Of Working For Free?

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Use this handy chart to make your decision:

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via, original here.

Make It Rain, Bitches.

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  1. I don’t agree with the charity part though, they should pay you too.
    So I would change the ‘vehemently oppose’ part into ‘a worthy cause that you like and really want to support’ (and change some yes/ no’s of course). But still, even then they most likely have a budget to pay you if it’s any decent size operation.
    The charity business (it may be non profit, but it often still has a lot of employees who get paid handsomely) can’t exist without attention from the public, so they have to make sure they send a good image out, and for that they need professionals (photographers, writers, designers etc.)

    • @Jan, I totally agree. Also, people generally don’t value work that they do not pay for. I did hundreds of hours of work for an organization that I was involved with. When it was time for them to have new brochures made, they hired someone less qualified and frankly less capable than me. Why? Because they were a “professional.” Funny, since I was working as a graphic designer. But I wasn’t charging them, so when it was time to have “professional” work done, they naturally thought of the person who charged them for their services.

  2. Totally agree with @Jan here.

    The term “nonprofit” means the corporation can’t operate with a profit motive (example: McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Disney) but it doesn’t mean they are broke (ie: American Lung Association), aren’t able to pay for your services, or are even necessarily altruistic (ie: liberty central PAC)

    Besides, does the corporation ask the same from their other suppliers? (ie: Their utility companies? Their landlord? The venues where they are buying media to publish the photos you are shooting?)

    Also, research the salaries of the CEOs of many large nonprofits and you will find that the nonprofit business can be very, very profitable.

    • @dude,
      “…does the corporation ask the same from their other suppliers? (ie: Their utility companies? Their landlord? The venues where they are buying media to publish the photos you are shooting?”

      In the case of the two non-profits I’ve been involved with, the answer is YES, absolutely. We were getting free rent and subsidized electricity and phone in the last non-profit I worked for.

      I agree that non-profit doesn’t mean they can’t or shouldn’t pay for services, but the notion that ONLY artists are asked for in-kind donations is incorrect.

      • @Scott Hargis,
        Though, artists are Frequently the ones asked to work without compensation by for- and non-profits alike. It seldom occurs to companies other than the truly on-a-shoestring startups or non-profits to bargain with their landlords or utility companies. Coupled with a cultural devaluation of art, by giving work away without even a nominal fee, we shoot ourselves in our proverbial (or literal?) feet.

    • @dude, I think non-profits need to be handled with careful scrutiny — I have absolutely no problem with folks donating their work, time, creativity et al to a cause/charity etc. that they believe worthy of the donation – I do it willingly… but as you rightly point out, not all non-profits are created equal!

      There is a great resource called Guidestar (http://www2.guidestar.org/) that allows you to examine the financials of a non-profit a bit more closely. Some of the folks working the non-profits are earning a tidy paycheck — not a problem, everyone has to eat, but keep it in mind when the plea for free work comes in…

  3. This is just awesome.

    I love the one “Is it for your Mom?” Only one answer: Yes.

    “22 hours of labor and you can’t do ONE goddamn garage sale flyer? COME ON!”

    That just cracks me up.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I absolutely love how creative people are these days! This chart is so fantastic (and true)- I think I might even let my brain take a break this year and reference this graph more often!

    Thanks like always for sharing!

    n

  5. jason dewey

    and for a REALLY good time, go to the original (thank you for the HTML, Jess) and change the language to Turkish – just say YOK, or Italian, where “make it rain, bitches!” apparently has no translation. Jess, you are my hero!