Don’t Volunteer; Reduce Your Fee Instead

Don’t Volunteer; Reduce Your Fee Instead

Many people will suggest that writing or consulting for nonprofits as a volunteer is a good way to build a portfolio and client list.

But instead of positioning yourself that way, I suggest that you write or consult for a reduced rate or make it clear that you are donating your services as a professional freelance writer or consultant.

By framing the relationship this way, it is clear to the nonprofit that you are a professional who normally expects payment for services. Asking for payment on future projects will be much easier with this kind of relationship in place.