I have read
three four interesting blogs on working for free in the last few weeks – all of them come to pretty much the same conclusion: DON’T DO IT! But don’t take my word for it – read them:
Here this first by Ryan Watts (@RyanWattsPhotos) with additional comments from readers including me: http://ryanwattsphotos.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/not-even-peanuts/.
Here is the second from Dan Gavrovski (@Bananafudgestud) who also added a comment to Ryan’s blog http://www.facebook.com/notes/banana-fudge-studios/dan-gavrovski-blog-1st-march-2011/157381874314881 – OK not strictly not about working for free – but more about why good work costs good money.
And hHere is the third from Pato (@PatsRants) who deals a wonderful legal put down to an outrageous music industry ad http://patosgood.blogspot.com/2011/03/hey-intern-get-me-campari.html.
And of course, here is the fourth (knew I had forgotten something – very sorry Mary, not just because your blog is good but also because I think it was the second one on the subject that I read) – the excellent Mary Hamilton (@NewsMary) and http://maryhamilton.co.uk/2011/02/unpaid-work-experience-vs-market-norms/.
Hope you enjoy.
Nat Bocking (@Pixlink) very kindly sent me this link to an excellent video of Harlan Ellison (American writer) giving his views on working for free – it’s very funny, angry and true: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE.
Thanks Nat for reminding me of this – someone sent me the link sometime last year but I had forgotten all about it.
Peter Dean (@PeterDean1) very kindly sent me this link to a thought provoking and fun graph – handy for when someone asks you to work for free: http://shouldiworkforfree.com/
Oh and this interesting article (thank you @NewsMary for the RT of the link) – someone boasting that they have used some 50 unpaid interns on various projects and think it is the “future” – wonder how they earn a living!