I'm pretty sure you've heard the importance of be physically fit. A healthy life and body promotes good outcomes and a longer life, but just as important are the benefits of being 'socially fit'. What does it mean to be socially fit? I'm glad you asked. A socially fit person is one who is confident, speaks well, and can hold their own in environments that require one to build relationships with others.
Whether you're just starting out or you're a well experienced, war-torn vet, you're going to get asked to do the one thing that drives people crazy, work for free. As Designer we here get it all the time, from potential clients, charities, and even our own family. Can you do it "pro-bono", "for free", or "donate it"? Mostly, we say no to these questions, but today the question is:
When is it Okay to work for free???
You're a owner of a small barber/beauty salon. You started off small and slowly are growing into a nice client base but, it isn't yet where you'd like it. So you decide, "I need a better identity and advertisement." You call your best friend, who happens to be a graphic designer. You tell him all that you need. Logo, flyers, website, and business cards.
Your friend comes back to you with a quote for how much all this is going to cost. You take the paper and your jaw drops at the news.
Then you ask yourself, "Is it REALLY worth that much?" Why do designers charge so much? Are their services worth what they ask for?