I attended Les Brown’s Greatness Center at The Regal Theater last night and had the following conversation with a colleague in attendance.
Colleague: Are you blogging this event?
Colleague: Well, this is something you should be blogging.
Me: I will if he pays me.
Colleague: Well, you should be blogging this.
Me: I cannot continue to work for free.
Dude looked at me like had grown a second head. I don’t know if he was working for free or not but if I had to guess, I would say he was getting paid for his time and expertise.
I understand that you have to do what you need to do to get to where you want to go, and sometimes that requires you to work for free, but I’ve paid my dues in free labor. And I still am. Sometimes.
And, neither he or Mr. Brown is working for free. Is it really fair to expect me to?
Lastly, sometimes you just want to enjoy events and not work.
I just wanted to share this story because it was a touch annoying. Actually, that was not the first time that colleague suggested I work for free. He told me to video record events and get paid by sponsors. While that sounds good, sponsors only pay when you have a certain number of viewers. Well, the type of events he was suggesting would not draw the traffic that would interest sponsors for at least a year because most people in the suggested audience don’t even know what blogs are. Come to think of it, they probably don’t use computers much. That would require A LOT of time, work and education. I wouldn’t say no to that project but I would say not now. Unless, there is an organization committed to the digital divide willing to pay me. In the meantime, I cannot afford to work for free.
What do you say when people suggest that you work for free?