This page came out of a conversation with a friend of mine.
I told him one of the things I love about freelancing is that it means I set my own rates and pick my own clients, as much as they pick me. Since neither party is acting on the orders of some big corporation with rigid rules and massive overheads, when I come across someone doing great work on a shoestring budget, I can still choose to help them out at whatever fees fit their budget–even for free if necessary.
The truth is, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am right now (and I’m nowhere, really, but still so much better off) if it weren’t for the countless generous people who collaborated to pass on their knowledge, skills, hard work, and–not least of all–their time to create something wonderful. So many amazing people that just gave. And I want to be able to give back. I care about my contribution to the world and the (creative) legacy I’ll leave behind. The closest thing I’ve ever had to a personal motto is: “Do good. Do it well.“
My friend, who is also a freelancer and far better educated than I am (being a graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the country, which is also internationally recognized), still has a part-time job in some IT company and could probably be making a pretty hefty salary if he pursued corporate jobs full-time. He insisted that doing free work devalues your brand and is a bad business move. If they can’t pay, they can’t sit at the table, no matter what their bright idea is. In fact, it’s probably not all that bright if they can’t raise money for it…
So now I’m going to put my money where my mouth is.
Those of you who’ve read a couple of my work-related blog posts or the Hire page might already know I do 3 things:
- Web Marketing
If you already have or want to start a social welfare anything, and you need content creation, web development, or any aspect of digital marketing, but you’re strapped for cash, then send me a message via the Contact page.