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People have more access to each other than ever. Technology makes it easy to see an example of someone’s work, but just because a person is putting themselves out there on social media or at networking events, it doesn’t mean they are happy to work free of charge in exchange for experience or exposure.
If you have been approached by someone who wants your services without offering monetary compensation in return, it might feel difficult to say no without coming across as rude. No matter what type of work you do—be it photography, childcare, or computer repair—you deserve to be paid for your time.
Fortunately, there are a number of polite ways to set boundaries and still profit from your expertise. Read on for some suitable responses to send when someone reaches out to you about an opportunity.