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Submission + - Beware of the "Work For Free" Trap

Photoshop Guy writes: "Considering doing work for free to improve your design portfolio? Doing cheap or free work for a friend or relative? Trying to impress your boss as a team player by working extra non-paid hours each week as a salaried employee?

The "I'll do it free (or cheap)" mentality can, and often does, turn into a nightmare of seemingly infinite revisions. For freelancers, unless a contract was drawn up at the outset (a rarity if it's for a friend or relative), weeks can go by and you're still working on the project, not making money, regretting your decision to accept the project.

If it's long-term work at the workplace that was handed to you because "it's expected of you as a salaried employee", you can actually experience a reduction in your yearly salary.

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