"I am a photographer and since people are always looking for free shoots I assume that they must also do their job or provide their services for free.
I am looking to hire all types of people to do all sorts of jobs for me, as long as I do not have to pay anything. Just think you will gain more experience and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do. This will bring you a ton of unpaid work, but everyone will love you. So if you have a job or service you provide and will do it for free, please let me know, because I am sure I have work for you and will hire you in a second.
Feel free to email me with the service you can provide, when you can start and please include references.
I look forward to your free service."
When I first read this post (which came via facebook, via twitter, via craig's list - how's that for siting your source :), I laughed. The more I thought about it, however, the more I could relate to it.
Being a Catholic (*read* "one who has guilt any time she has to charge someone for something") mom who is trying to help put food on the table in this very frustrating economy, I can relate to this person's struggle. As a photographer, a unit study writer, a soap seller and a soon-to-be published author, I find it very difficult to charge the people I know for the things I do.
What makes it even harder is that I've gotten some subtle flack for doing it. You know, the old "trust in God and He will provide" line of thinking. Well, I do trust in God, but that doesn't mean that I can use that logic with the people to whom I owe money.
I have tried to put my talents to work so that I can make some extra money for our basic needs so that I don't have to leave the house to take a part-time job. In a perfect world, I would give away everything I write and do all the photo shoots I want for free! That would be Heaven! Unfortunately we aren't in Heaven yet; we're here, where we have to struggle to provide for our families in the best way we know how. In my case, that means charging for the things that I do.
So I can relate to the above ad taken out on Craig's list. I know that many people are in the same boat as we are in and are just looking to get things for as little as they can. I understand that and that is what makes me feel bad for having to charge for my services and products. If someone can come up with a better way, then I'm all ears! But the next time you're tempted to ask someone to give away their product or service or to give you a bigger discount, please think twice...that person might be struggling along just like you are!