Once you reach a certain level of business success, people will inevitably reach out and ask for favours. Some will ask if they can ‘pick your brain’ over coffee or lunch. Others might ask you to speak at an event. You may even be approached by someone who wants you to be their mentor.
While it’s flattering to be asked, unless people are willing to pay (and many aren’t) these ‘favours’ can add up to be big drain on your time - and your income.
So how do you know when to give your time for free - and when to pass? Here’s some tips to help you decide:
Here’s what I cover in this episode:
- How to decide when/if it’s ok to work for free
- Whether working for free is always a good PR move
- Practical ways to share your expertise for free (that won’t take up hours of time)
- Some practical strategies for dealing with people who want your time (but don’t want to pay for it)
Key resources and links
Why women need to stop working for free (my Guardian article)
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