“Before committing to work for free, download your bank statement and discover how long your money will last. Then, if you still plan to work for free, look for ways to reduce your costs and live with less”.
Working for free in this time an age is almost an impossible thing to do. However, there are exceptional times when can agree to work for free. There are also some questions you need to ask yourself before taking up that free job.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Who are you going to be around? Will the position give you access to a whole new world of contacts, or will you be spending your days with people you already know?
- Will you be able to teach yourself what you need to learn? Every job involves learning on the go. As an employee (working for free), you should know what you want to learn from this experience and drive your own education. If, for example, having access to the company’s internal workings will allow you to learn something worthwhile, then working for free can be highly valuable.
- What is your exit plan? Do you want to be introduced to a key player at a partner organization? Do you want to make contacts? Find funding? If you know what you want at the outset of your unpaid position, you can work toward it right away.
When You Should Agree To Work For Free
- You Can Have Access to the Very Best in Your Industry: If you will have access to top shots and the “who is who” in your industry and the only option to get in touch with these persons is to work for free, then go ahead and offer your service and time for a while.
- You Can Have a Title You Couldn’t Qualify for Otherwise:Working for free in certain organisations can help you attain certain titles and boost your resume. E.g the title of a editor for a magazine. Also volunteering at a non profit (this can add to your years of experience) . If you eventually start your own Non profit you can position yourself as the executive director with experience.
- Transitioning To A For-pay Job Is Highly Likely: If it is likely that you offering your services for free will lead to a high pay job, then take on the job.
- You Just Really, Really Love What Your Work is Doing: If you can afford to work for free,volunteer your time and service, really enjoy what you do, then go for it.
- You’ll Gain An Awesome Example For Your Resume Or Portfolio: Sometimes one.single.resume.line of you doing amaze work for a credible company can catapult you into the realm of paying jobs for life. The same goes for visual examples of beautiful work, whether you’re a graphic designer, photographer, stylist, or brand consultant. Nail one job down (for free), lean on it hard when talking with future clients or companies, and see where it gets you.
Next Steps Before Working for Free
Before committing to work for free, download your bank statement and discover how long your money will last. Then, if you still plan to work for free, look for ways to reduce your costs and live with less. Are you currently working for free or considering it, leave us a comment.