When You Should Stop Doing Things for Free

When to stop doing things for free

How many of you have heard of “know your worth?” To be honest, it’s easier said than done. If you’ve done freelancing, you know what I’m talking about. Your “rates” change because companies can’t afford your rates. You compromise on things because “they are a small business.” You do things for FREE because you tell yourself “I’m doing it for the experience.” Well, I’m here to tell you when you should stop doing things for free.

If you are at a point in your life where multiple people are asking you to provide a service, then you should stop doing things for free.

Before I started my studio, a lot of people told me that I was a problem solver and thrive when being creative. Afterall, I did have a 9 year career in politics and a job in media, not to mention I’ve served on 3 boards in my political career. I’ve managed 50k+ ad campaigns, shot videos for political events, and even helped a businesses get 80% of their website traffic from social media from ground up. But for some reason, I didn’t feel like I could charge for my experience. I have seen people do it all the time even with less experience than me, but I always thought, “Would people actually hire ME for money?”

When to stop doing things for free
When to stop doing things for free

Do you ever have the same thoughts?

Here are signs when you should stop doing things for free:

  • You’ve been “side hustling” for more than a year: By this time, you probably have a portfolio of all the things that you’ve done. You can probably create a website for all of your best work. You probably have to pick and choose because you have a lot of work examples. So you PROBABLY should start charging for your work.
  • People call you: When you are good at your work, people talk, which means people come to ask you questions about what you do and how you do it. This means the late nights watching How-To videos on YouTube and pulling your hair out trying to figure it out is actually starting to pay off.
  • You have experience: This doesn’t mean you went to school for it (bc I went to school for political science and law society and justice), but you have actual real life experience doing the damn thing. You have receipts to show you were there (via your portfolio). This might sound obvious, but it took me a long time to get over the fact that I AM WORTH IT and I DESERVE IT.

While it comes easier to create content now, I know that I still have much to learn. However, I have spent countless hours learning, reading, and interviewing people in the field to learn while doing my regular 8-5 job (well more like 8-8). I’m sure you have to also.

When to stop doing things for free

If people are asking you to create for them, you deserved to be paid. No other service in the world is free, so why should your creativity be free?


Edited by: Samantha Yazzie

Instagram: @issasammyyeezy

Youtube: youtube.com/sassysammi


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