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Why I Don’t Speak for Free!

Why I Don’t Speak for Free!

Don't speak for free

I get it—these are tough economic times; but I’ve just hit the breaking point over being asked not only to speak for free, but also to pay for the privilege!

If they pay nothing, it is worth nothing! Click To Tweet

If entrepreneurs or organizations don’t pay to hear my Words of Lizdom—or yours—then they’re not valued: folks don’t pay attention, you don’t get treated with respect, and you’ve taught your customers that your content isn’t worth the price.

Let me be clear: I don’t need the practice, I don’t need the experience, and the sales gibberish of “spin off” business is pure fantasy.

I’d love to speak to your group on how to “brand better, speak gooder, and write righter,” but I run a business and deserve to be paid. In short:  My content is valuable and I’m not giving it away.  AND, neither should you!

Do folks ask developers to just create an app for them for the experience? Does Garth Brooks perform for free because the economy is in dire straits? Do you expect your doctors to treat you for no payment?

So, I’m tired and not going to take it anymore.

OK, I’m off my soap box 😊


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  1. These people are trading on peoples unfortunate times. They shade their unethical offers in the guilt guise of “these are hard times and if you don’t accept my offer someone else will”.
    Be smart and use the time you would have wasted on the free work to design and network your way to the next opportunity.
    Thanks for the reminder Liz that we all have significant value even in these most unusual business times.

    • If you are new to an industry, it makes sense to offer your services at a discount, but agreeing to give away your gifts sets you on the race to the bottom of the economic scale.

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