I’ve had some interesting things happen this week. This week my thoughts are around… something for nothing, can I try it for free, and gratitude.
I’m surprised at the number of people who want me to write for them, review their websites, write marketing material for them or edit their writing because they know me and know that I’m a writer. None of them offer to pay me. When I bring up getting paid for my work they say things like “We’re friends could you do it as a favour?” or “I’ve already done the writing all you have to do is read it.” Or “I thought you could do it on a commission basis, everything I sell from what you wrote I’ll pay you a commission.” Or “Write it and if I like it I’ll pay you.”
I will not write or review or edit for free. You value your time please value mine.
It takes time and energy to research, write, edit and review the articles and material I get paid for. I charge a fee for this work and I get paid for it. It is part of how I earn my living. Asking me to review or write for nothing means I have to give up an income producing activity to work on something I won’t get paid for. How would you feel if your boss came to you and said “I want you to work for me this week. If I like what you do I’ll pay you.”
In my business there are a number of websites that have writer and editors offering to write or edit articles for $5.00. However, I suggest you use caution when hiring people from these websites. In writing and editing you get what you pay for. Like the saying says…
“If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.” James Goldsmith
“Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” M. Scott Peck
I spend a large part of my day speaking with people across Canada and telling them about the product the company I work for provides. We sell mortgage leads and auto-finance leads. It has been an interesting week to make these calls.
Every day this week potential clients have said to me… “Let me have X leads for free. If I like them I’ll buy some.” Or “Give me the leads and I’ll pay you a referral fee on the business I do. These requests are like asking a builder to build you a house and if you like it you’ll pay him or asking a dentist to fix your smile and if you like what you see you’ll pay him.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people are suspicious of companies they don’t know or of trying new products and services but I don’t understand why they think that we will give them leads for free when we have paying clients.
This attitude has also spilled over into my Send Out Cards business this week. I was speaking with a person who seems to have the skills and attitude that would help them be very successful in Send Out Cards. (Learn more here: www.sendoutcards.com/danwrites) The person involved had watched the videos on the website, was looking for a fun home based business. He understands that it costs money to start and run a business. He had told me he didn’t mind investing in a business and that Send Out Cards looked like a good business for him. His next statement floored me. “I will work with you if you let me try the business for free for 6 months or if it doesn’t work for me you will give me back my investment.” We agreed that this wasn’t right for him. There are over 200,000 people using Send Out Cards in their personal and business lifes and there are many, like me, who work it as a steady source of income.
When you get something for free do you value it as much as something you worked for or paid for?
It has been a wonderful week. This week a few of the things I am grateful for are;
The changing seasons. It is cool enough now to sleep with the fans off, my wonderful furry companion, Shelby, is sleeping better because she is cooler. Outdoor golf is pretty much over and that has me looking forward to some indoor lessons and the coming spring.
The person who invented insulin for dogs. Shelby takes two needles a day and without her insulin she would have died by now.
Shelby. Shelby is a constant companion. Why wife was away this week and Shelby kept me company.
Red wine. On a cold damp evening a glass of red wine warms the body and the spirit.
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom, which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.” Hosea Ballou
“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.” G B Stern
“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.” Adabella Radici
And in closing, I personally thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to read this.