Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Photographer's Priceless Answer To "Work For Free, Get Exposure!"

Freelancers, independent workers and such always scramble for any kind of work they can get. It's the nature of the beast.
Here's a photographer's mock Craigslist ad seeking
free labor after the photog got sick of being asked
for free shoots. Click on image to make it bigger,
more readable. Add caption

The biggest rubes out there, the biggest cheapskates, think they can get free labor by pitching jobs to people by saying, that people will see it, you'll get exposure.

Of course we all know this is bullcrap. If you hire somebody, you've got to pay them. Still, the cheap bastards always try to get a free lunch, as it were.

A photographer recently put out a priceless Craigslist ad that responded to this, as reported at

"I am looking to hire all types of people to do all sorts of jobs for me, as long as I do not have to pay anything.....Just think, you will gain more experience, and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do," the photog writes in the Craigslist ad.

My bet is the photographer got no takers. Especially since he wanted references.

Don't ask the doctor for a free, offhand diagnosis. Don't ask a writer to do some promo work for you for no pay.

Remember, all you cheapskates out there (And I know you're a minority) If you hire someone, you get what you pay for.

If you pay nothing, don't expect much.

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