- Thank you for telling it like it is. I've seen an increase in 'volunteer' illustration jobs on LinkedIn which shouldn't really be listed as jobs at all - they're just asking someone to do a favour for them for free. There are still good well-paying freelance opportunities out there, you just have to quote, quote, quote and sift through the BS to find them.
- Thanks for a reminder and much needed notes clarifying what's what. I have a feeling that there's a big deal of fear of saying no to an "opportunity" or a client, especially when you're a freelancer and/or when the work is scarce. Thanks for pointing it out and keep strong guys!
- If it’s not “collaboration” it’s “connect” another buzz word
- The problem balls down to the start-ups & amateurs who give them such chances, the market is competitive and people would do anything just to get busy. But it isn't the best approach, there are clients who still pay value for your skills and time. You only need to study how to access the type of clients. Traditional marketing also still works a great deal. And the Dots can do better on such people by taking down their posts because with time I feel like the platform will lose its relevance.
- Totally agree.Just recently I had the opportunity to point out to a member of The Dots staff that so many users are complaining about the ever increasing free 'job offers' on this platform.The suggestion I was given is to report those collaboration proposals that are clearly exploitative.
- Yes yes yes!! 🙌🏻
- Very well put!I always want to comment on the posts on here that say they are collaborations but don't want to be seen as hating on the person posting, but also I want to look out for others being taken advantage of.The most common ones at the moment seem to be people asking photographers to shoot events as a collaboration - there's literally nothing in it for the photographer yet people still reply- it's really sad.
- I wrote a blog post talking about the difference between collaborations and "non-paid" jobs, you can read it here if you like: https://www.lauraribatallada.com/single-post/working-for-free-as-a-photographer-not-an-optionI wrote because I had enough of people asking me to work for free, and I didn't want to have a moan about it, I wanted to share my experience for other creatives who have been offered these "opportunities" and hesitated, as I did previously.It is refreshing to read a post like yours :)
- I think this points to the far bigger question that many creatives either don’t know how to value their work, time and skills, or they don’t have the confidence to charge what they think they are work.This particularly a problem for/with people (of any age) just starting out in business, and specifically the mistaken view that price is everything and lowering rates means you have more chance to win the gig. There is a huge amount of research showing that that people buy from people they like or who share their values (provided the work is good enough), price is not everything in most cases.If you know what you are worth you will soon start to pick and choose collaborations based on the/any meaningful benefits they can bring you.
- Love this and very true, great read! :)
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