Should I work for free?

Working for a youth volunteering charity I’m used to young people asking why on earth they should ‘work for free.’ Firstly, volunteering is not work and secondly just because you’re not being paid in pound sterling doesn’t mean you’re not getting something out of it.

Just last week my gym manager was taking photos of his studio on his iPhone to put into a new fitness EBook he was creating. I knew I had my DSLR in the office close by and so offered him my photography services as a good will gesture. Two weeks later, I’m now working for him on a freelance basis and have since pocketed over £250, all from one act of kindness.

So why should you consider working for ‘free?’ In the new economy trust is everything. People are becoming more and more weary about how they spend their money and who they can trust enough to (a) do a good job and (b) not screw them over. ‘Free labour’ or sharing your skill set, as I like to call it, is an ideal way for developing relationships and a great way to plug yourself into new networks and build trust.

When your actions are carried out with sincerity (be they big or small), the community takes notice and repays. As the great Zig Ziglar once said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want,” so go on, help some one just because you can.

What do you think, should young people be willing to work for free? Leave a comment below!