An Addendum: You can’t get Something for Nothing

June 1, 2007

Related to my last post:

Is there any other profession where some people assume that you’ll be so happy just to work for someone that you’ll do it for free?  I know everyone has to start somewhere, but with all the easy self-publishing options available on the internet right now, you can start your own site/blog/whatever.  I’ve actually had websites contact me through my other blog ( and essentially ask me if I want to volunteer my services.

“Sure, I’ve got plenty of clients happy to pay for my work,  but I’ll take time and ideas away from them to work for you for nothing because it’s such a great opportunity.  I’m sure that once the site starts making money you’ll pay me back.”

Does this approach to getting writers/content actually work?


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