From time to time we all do jobs for free, it’s the nature of being a business owner. And I think we should be doing things without exchanging money when we want to. But over the years I’ve realised that there needs to be a fair exchange of something when it comes to interacting with others in a business environment, and if you don’t want to charge money, or it doesn’t feel right to charge, what are the options?
Well after a lot of thought, this is my new approach to anyone who I agree to “catch up for a chat”, which is code of “can I pick your brains”. I’ll do that, but in return, I want the person to make a donation to one my charities. Now this might be a donation of money, and I don’t really mind how much it is, but I do want to see the receipt or Paypal confirmation (because I have asked people to do this in the past and they haven’t made the donation). Or alternatively, they can make a blood donation and send me a selfie whilst they are on the couch bleeding (see below for a little clarification of this).
In fact I’ve made up a flyer to explain how this works and my expectations of this session. I want these freebies to be fairer, and I don’t have to benefit, but I’m very happy for my charities of choice to benefit. And as you can tell from the flyer below, I explain it pretty clearly.
So, what do you think? Is this fair enough. Is this a win/win in the best possible way?