When should a web copywriter work for free?

Giveaway signIn common with many freelance copywriters, I get quite a few enquiries from people asking me to do some free web copywriting for them. Occasionally the answer might be ‘yes’, but mostly it’s ‘no’.

That’s why I love this flowchart from Jessica Hische. She’s pretty much nailed the decision-making process I go through when considering whether I should give up my time for free.

If you’re a fellow freelancer, read it and laugh, cry or chuckle in that cynical way that only world-weary freelancers can. If you’re a potential client, take a look too – maybe it’ll give you an insight into what life working freelance is like. Or maybe it’ll just give you a laugh. Either’s good.

Large version here. Hat tip to the always-amazing swissmiss.

(Image from Newsbie Pix under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.)

One response to “When should a web copywriter work for free?”

  1. vix says:

    So I followed the flow chart and came to the following conclusion : you can’t say no to this request – Please help a friend and a non profit organisation, you can be blunt with what you can/ can’t do, have creative freedom, may be spruked to a bigger org with real money, you could get paid in tacky sheep masks and panda hats? (I am only half joking)

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