I was going to post about this today when I saw the thread already exists - great minds. I find myself in a situation where one of my clients is struggling to make ends meet and we’ve been in some business recovery talks. To give you a bit of background,my business is mostly sales support and business development based and I have been paid on time by this client regularly over the past three months.
While I agree that we shouldn’t encourage working for free, I can see that helping out a “colleague” might just protect my income on a longer term basis, or I could stick to my guns and potentially lose repeat business when he ceases to trade.
I’ve obviously given him my thoughts on what he should do free of charge (I always like to give my twopenneth!!) as I don’t charge for consultation, but I have also agreed to do some very basic market research for him. This is however is a crafty way of combining business developement for my own services while getting him some info at the same time. I’m hoping that this way we will be killing two birds with one stone and we will both benefit…
I’d be interested in what you think and I’ll let you know what happens.