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Just Because We're Friends Doesn't Mean My Service is Free

Just Because We're Friends Doesn't Mean My Service is Free

By: Oh Lindsie

Family and employee discounts are one thing. But if you think it's okay to ask for a price-cut or a free service just because we know each other, you're wrong.

Chances are, you know someone who does hair. You know someone who does photography, you know someone who's an artist, plumber, landscaper, manicurist, bartender, editor, musician, designer, event planner, etc.- the list goes on. 

You may have a 9-5 job with a set income, but a freelance worker relies on you. They don’t charge a high price just for fun. They don’t always get to keep all of that. Take into consideration supplies, travel costs, taxes, etc., so if they don’t charge what they do, a profit may not be made. 

The hairstylist you asked for a free color from has to drive to the supply house to get your color, brushes, and other products. Then takes the time to prepare them. They stand on their feet all day. They don’t get a tax return- they have to set aside their money from each payment they receive just to pay federal and state taxes. They pay for continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on the newest trends. 

The bartender you’re trying to get a free drink from has to deal with people like you every day. Just because you think you're cute doesn't mean they owe you a drink. They break up fights every night. They stand on their feet until the wee hours of the morning just to make sure you have a good time. 

The graphic designer spends hour after hour on every little detail of your website. Colors, shapes, patterns, fonts, etc., then gets asked to change multiple things after working extremely hard the first time. Then does it three, four, or twelve more times.

The photographer travels to where you are, sets up lighting, finds the perfect background and poses, and spends days editing your photos.

Imagine you spending eight hours at the office, not getting paid by the hour- only depending on others’ purchases from you; and you’re not even able to keep the entire thing. 

If someone offers you a discount or free service, that’s great. Heck, take it! But don’t ask for one just because you’re friends or acquaintances. Not only is it somewhat insulting, but it’s more than likely a large cut from their income. If you can't afford it, don't ask for it. 

Dont forget to tip!




(Hairstylist Credit: Shelby Capouch)