Work for Free; Fuck That
Count Words — Reading Time
by James Stewart
Location: Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada
Working for free… We've all done it. Most freelancers will have regretted it at some stage. Yet, the allure of the E-word — 'exposure', has seduced many a talented artist, musician, or designer into giving away their services for zero financial compensation; as illustrated beautifully (and swearily) in this classic viral cartoon by The Oatmeal.
If you're making art for art's sake, a little exposure can go a long way. But, if you're trying to make a living and valuing your own service, you're going to have to stand up for yourself every now and then.
Owing to the rise of social media, an alternative but increasingly effective way of gaining legitimate exposure is to publicly name and shame large companies who seek to take advantage of freelancers. No matter whether you're struggling or flourishing, as a freelancer you're always going to get asked to do things for free. Here are a few who have had enough, and have fruitfully decided to take their grievances to the Web.