I went to a professional association meeting last night and saw a leader of another local organization. She told said, “Sometimes you have to work for free…” I so sick of hearing that shit, I don’t know what to do. When I met the leader of that association, he said the same thing. I told him to call me when he’s ready.
I do write for free for certain publications and blogs to help them and to get my name out. And I’ve worked for free for the past 2 years to prove myself an entrepreneur, journalist and blogger.
I told the young lady that although some situations dictate free labor, my mortgage says otherwise. I’m sure that everyone who suggests that I work for free has a job to pay their monthly expenses. And I’m sure they get paid for everything they do. Well, my business is how I pay my bills. I can’t call my mortgage company and say that I had a free project that I would like to use to pay my mortgage.
Long story short, I’m going to have to get in front of a different audience. This is ridiculous and very unnerving at this point.