Here’s some advice to those giving away their time for free, or “pro-bono.” Be very clear, up front, about how much time you are willing to spend on the project and what they can expect from you. Be willing to walk away from a bad experience. To those getting advice and consulting for free: you are getting a FREE service, you CANNOT expect to be taken care of or prioritized like a paying client. If you want platinum service, you are going to have to pay for it. Furthermore, it doesn’t hurt anyone for you to compensate your service provider in other ways, such as referrals. That is all. Chalk it up to learning.
I’ve hit Wednesday which for me is a relief. It’s a relief, not because I’m glad that the week is almost over, but rather I’m glad that I’ve now had 3 days to catch up from September. September kicked my ass, BIG time. I had a number of family obligations and a significant number of birthdays. Now that September is over I have been running twice full speed to get back int he game, and I have been crushing it. Today I spent a good portion of my day streamlining one of my client’s social media presence. Yesterday I planned an entire month’s worth of content for another client. And tomorrow I will firmly handle another client’s large social media monitoring roll out. Within these three days I have devoted nearly the full 8 hours of my day to my clients and have fundamentally caught back up., Additionally, I’ve reached out to several new business opportunities. It feels refreshing to get through a mountain of work. I even have inbox 0. That’s how it’s done.!