Should I work for Free is a Decision Tree Flowchart for Designers and Creatives. Created by Jessica Hische, this clever flowchart helps you decide whether you should or shouldn’t take on that design job you were just asked to do. Although the flowchart takes a humorous approach, some of the advice given is actually quite valid. Give it a try and use it to decide whether you should design that logo for your friend or not.
Looking at the decision flowchart it is pretty clear that you shouldn’t be giving away your valuable design skills and time for free in most circumstances. Unless it’s for a good cause or a family member you should probably charge some money for your design services. I actually don’t agree with some of the points on the graph as I think that as a young designer you may need to do some commercial work for free just to build up your portfolio and experience. You might also meet some great people who will help you get your foot in the door in the future. What’s your experience with working for free?