Will Work For Free? Seriously…Is It Written Across My Forehead?

I received THREE (3) emails this week asking me to “barter” with them.  As much as I love to help others, and I’m usually interested in a good barter, it’s time I stand my ground and say NO.  I started this business to bring in extra income.   It’s not going to get me or anyone else out there anywhere, if I continue helping everyone else establish themselves and their business.

During the start-up process of business, I know the importance of bartering to get your name out there and show your expertise.  However, I’m passed the start-up point and it’s time to start thinking that way – for me anyway.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to help anyone or that I won’t.  It means from now on my time is just as valuable as anyone else’s.

Most recently, I was asked to help promote a prominent coach’s retreat – in return, I would be in the running for the “grand prize”.  So, let me get this straight.  I help promote this retreat for several months, for which there’s a clear call to action on how it should be done, and I might get something in return for it?  WTH?  Um…NO THANK YOU!

Remember:  Your time is just as valuable as anyone’s – Time To Act On It.

Ok, rant over.  On another note:  This weekend is the 4th of July holiday weekend.  For us, the weekend will be filled with BBQ’s, swimming, friends and family.  Not to mention, my 13th wedding anniversary is on the 4th (blushing, I’m old I know)!  This is a time to reflect and give thanks to those who have sacrificed for what we have today and the freedom of this country.  So THANK YOU to all who made this possible!

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

7 thoughts on “Will Work For Free? Seriously…Is It Written Across My Forehead?

  1. Kathleen Gage

    Excellent post and great points. It is amazing how many people try to get something for nothing. The fact is, it is about knowing one’s worth. And knowing how to say no when appropriate. There are times I am more than willing to give my services away. But many times I simply have to say no to someone who wants to have me do a bunch of marketing for a percentage of future profits. I’m all for taking a share of profits but when someone has not made their first dollar and they “just know” their book, product, service or whatever is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Which is may be, but where’s the risk on their part.

    Okay, my rant is over. LOL Happy anniversary.

  2. Derek Lee

    I couldn’t agree more with the points you raised in this post! We’ve experienced quite a bit of the same thing lately. Ironically, now that we’re well past the 3 year mark and we’re hopefully speeding toward making it until the 10th, it seems that we’re consistently approached for “trade or barter”.

    While we’re open to considering some of these offers, it seems that in many cases, the barter offer is of less value than the services we provide.

    Maybe it’s because we deal with intangibles and people have a hard time placing value on something they don’t walk out of the office with in a shiny box.

    In any event, good for you for standing your ground and wishing you all the best.

    ~understand what you’re experiencing

  3. Kari

    Agreed! Even as a start-up, one should be aware of their worth and charge accordingly. Too many people are out there willing to provide valuable services for little or nothing in return, and the result is that it brings the whole industry down. Why should someone pay you X dollars for your service when they can find someone else who will do it for free? Everyone needs to think long and hard about where they draw the line and the effect it has on everyone else.

  4. Eric

    Bartering is fine as long as the buyer understands less money means they will be receiving an appropriate reduction in product or service.

  5. Kena

    Thank You all so much for your comments/feedback! I appreciate you taking the time to read the blog. Hope you all have a great weekend. :)

  6. John Adams

    I think many of you are confusing bartering with something else. Just because cold, hard cash isn’t involved in a transaction doesn’t automatically mean that one side has to contribute significantly higher value than the other to the deal.

    If your negotiating skills are up to par, you are knowledgeble about the value of both sides of the transaction, and you have a need for the product or service the other party is offering then bartering can offer some significant advantages.

  7. Kathleen Gage

    I am fully aware of the difference between bartering and someone trying to get something for nothing. Bartering is definitely a part of business, but there are those folks who convey from the start they have nothing to offer in return.

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