Freelancers: Stop Working For Free
I really want you to get paid. I also really want you to read Ryan Hamrick's blog post over at Medium.com.
As a career freelancer, I'm always intrigued by how difficult it is for creatives to take the business reigns - there's always that crap thing about you have to get work to get work - and navigating this always seems to take time (and a few shit stains).
As a shop owner, my freelance career's a little different, and the money relationship's definitely a little different - I'm acting as talent and client. Domestica gets paid to showcase and sell work for clients (makers/designers), and we pay our talent for the things they make. Both sides have high expectations and having a clear professional relationship (that often runs alongside friendship) assures both sides benefit.
I can tell you it's easier to talk the talk, but I can also tell you nothing feels worse than not getting what you're worth. I've done it. I've worked for free in the name of "experience", in the name of "meeting our budget", in the name of "you can have my free Domino Mag copy." It sucks. Typing about it now's enough to bring back a little laten hate.
Do not work for free, do not let people not pay you. Work out a deal for those underfunded creative SIDE projects you're just dying to do, but do not let someone meet their budget by cutting yours. Some other part of their puzzle's getting their full fee - get yours, too. Do not negotiate in the middle of a job. If you have to, walk away. Eat mac and cheese for a week and deliver pizza at night - no matter what, I promise it'll feel better than giving in to a bloodsucking jerk. Get it in writing, do effin' amazing work, get paid.
What's your freelance advice? What are your horror stories? What sites do you visit to feed your creative souls?
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