Why Cheap or Free Isn’t Professional

By Samantha Martin

You wouldn't go into a shop and ask for something for free. So why ask someone in business to work for free or cheap? Cheap or free is not professional!

Have you ever been in a shop and asked to buy the product cheaper than the displayed price? Or asked for mates rates? Worse still, gone into a shop and told the owner you didn’t have the money to pay right now but you will once you win the lottery? It all sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet you’d be surprised just how many emails and messages I get asking just that! Asking me to work for free. Free!!!!

I asked the question in a group I’m a member of to see if I was the only one that ever experienced this. Turns out I wasn’t and everyone received the same sorts of messages on an ongoing basis. It’s not just a trend. It’s been going on forever and will continue to do so whilst there are still people that will say yes. So, let me explain why it’s the most unprofessional thing you can do. For yourself and your business.

Zero Value

You wouldnt go into a shop and ask for something for free. So why ask someone in business to work for free or cheap? Cheap or free is not professional!

If you are like me and have built your business up from scratch, learning everything yourself, with no help and you’ve done the whole blood, sweat and tears thing. Then why do you want to give away all your hard-earned knowledge and experience for free? I have worked, earning a living, online, through blogging, social media and marketing for 9 years. I’ve watched social media and blogging grow up and come of age. I have watched it all turn into a multibillion-dollar industry. Seen countless trends come and go, platforms vanish as quickly as they arrived. I’ve learnt to code, design websites, the finer, none spam points of SEO, Facebook adverts, what people actually respond to on Instagram, the list goes on. And I did that through time, effort, my own costs and sometimes having to endure terrible clients (that’s a blog post in the making by the way).

When someone asks me to work for free or very cheap, then it shows that they do not see the value in what I do or the knowledge and experience I have. If you as the supplier chose to work for free or cheap then that shows that you do not value yourself or your work. And if that’s the case then how can anyone else ever value you or your work? They won’t.

If you think that what I do, or any other supplier for that matter, is easy, not time-consuming, then please, feel free to jog on and do it yourself. My door won’t be open when you fail miserably and realise it’s not so easy after all. Just because you have a social media login, it doesn’t mean to say you know what you’re doing with it.

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Source:: Business2Community