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The first half hour is free – freelance post 11

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthslavid on January 23, 2013

I can’t remember where I picked up this mantra, but it is certainly a useful one. I am not suggesting that you sit with a stopwatch on your desk, and tell your potential clients when their time is up. Instead I think of it as a general mantra.

Be happy to give a little of your time away, and it may reap dividends.

Of course, it is really flattering to be consulted, so having a conversation, or looking things up, is a pleasurable way to pass time (and what freelance isn’t addicted to wasting time? I’m doing it now). If you are prepared to be helpful, people will remember that, and come back to you in the future. Not all of them, and probably not the ones you expect.

On the other hand you shouldn’t be taken for a ride. Have a mental limit on what you will do. One client who paid me fairly but not excessively for the work I actually did, started asking so many detailed questions that eventually I suggested going to their office for a day’s consultancy work. I would have been willing to do it, but not surprisingly that was never followed up.

Be generous but don’t be a mug.

There may however be times when you want to work for nothing. I’ll tackle that in another post.

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