Working For Free And Living With Abundance


Hex sign abundance

Favors, Freebies and Discounts. Where do we draw the line and should we draw the line?

I want to support my favorite charities and delight when my work fills a need. When I can help a friend or relative, it is a blessing for both of us. Usually.

We have all been there. That uncomfortable moment when we know we are overextending ourselves and resentment is creeping in. It doesn’t have to be this way and we do not need to react by saying a firm ‘no’ to all future pro bono work.

The solution has to do with understanding our time is a limited commodity, as is our money. Take a quiet break and a pad of paper and write down a budget for types of donated work with time allotments for each per week and  month. Study your list, are you uncomfortable? Edit until you feel satisfied.

Working free, free of resentment, contributes to a life of abundance.

For more detail about working for free, check this article by Marc Zegans.

Do you have any tips on handling requests for pro bono work? How to you manage your yes and no response?

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4 thoughts on “Working For Free And Living With Abundance

  1. One way I manage pro bono requests is by determining the maximum number of hours I can give, and sticking to that boundary. If a pro bono job will clearly demand more than I have allotted, I may make suggestions to the client about alternatives, but I will always communicate my limitations. Another parameter I have for accepting pro bono work is whether the project will build my portfolio and/or positive professional reputation.

  2. Great point, Julie, we are responsible for setting our own boundaries. I like your suggestion to have alternatives ready to set the tone for a positive exchange when the answer is ‘no’.

  3. Thanks for posting the link to my piece. I like Julie’s point about making suggestions to the client about alternatives, always a good thing to do if you want to build the relationship.

    • Marc, thank you for visiting my blog. I find your article most helpful. I want to be able to offer some pro bono work and your five steps to a charitable work plan — categorizing, selecting, balancing, contributing and enjoying — help me to do just that in a sustainable way.

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