Should I Work For Free?


There’s been a lot of talk this month about whether  — and under what circumstances — a freelancer should agree to work for free. The online debate was sparked by journalist Nate Thayer’s blog post about being asked to repurpose a previously-published article for use by the Atlantic… without any compensation. It seemed as though everyone was talking about freelancers’ paycheques for a few days. And there was no shortage of opinions.

Last week we tweeted about this handy flow chart by San Francisco freelance letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische. It’s called “Should I Work For Free?” and you can buy yourself a beautiful 5-colour, 25″ by 15″ letterpress print of it to hang above your desk. It’s pretty funny. And it’s a useful reminder that, unless it’s your mom asking, you should give the matter some serious consideration before agreeing to give away your valuable time and talents.



Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:15 am by editor · · Tagged with: 

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