You should give away your work if you can answer YES to any of the 3 questions Derek shares in this post.
Sorry, Offering To Work For Free Is A Really Bad Strategy (But Not For The Reasons You Think)
Emailing people you admire and offering to work for free is a really bad strategy. It’s almost as bad as blindly submitting your resume and hoping to get hired. You’ve been sold an incomplete map and that’s the reason it’s not working for you.
Working for free (but working for yourself)
Freelancers of all kinds need to be in a hurry. Not a hurry to give in to one-sided deals and lousy clients. Instead, we need to be in a hurry to share our bravest work, in a hurry to lean into the opportunity, in a hurry to make work that people would miss if it were gone.
Brittany Berger recommends that you work for free when you know it will pay off. She argues that you should approach such opportunities like any business owner would approach a different kind of partnership: be strategic, negotiate, and set expectations and boundaries upfront.