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How to turn down a request to do free work

How to turn down a request to do free work

Your Aunt Carletta: Would you mind writing my book for me since you do that for a living and you’re good at that kind of stuff?
You: No.

  • ⛔ How to set boundaries
  • How to say no
  • How to apologize for the inability to do something
  • 😔 Big List of Apologetic Statements

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  • I don’t imagine plumbers get many requests for free shower system upgrades from their friends and relatives (maybe they do), but I guarantee every creative has been asked to do something for free by a friend or relative.
  • A plumber wouldn’t give away a shower for free, why would you give away your work for free?
  • In some cases, you can pitch your services instead of giving them a hard no.
  • Use these talking points to let them know that no, you don’t really feel like using your spare time to do free work for them, thank you very much.

Talking Points

  • Thank you for considering me to help you with <what they want help with>. Please click here for a list of my services and the competitive price packages that I offer.
  • Can you confirm this is a paid opportunity?
  • I’d love to help with this project but I’m afraid I can’t offer my services for free. I’m happy to provide a quote if you’re interested.
  • Thank you for thinking of me for this opportunity. While it sounds exciting, I’m unable to take on any unpaid projects at this time. I wish you the best!
  • I usually charge a flat fee for this kind of work, but I’m happy to book a free consultation with you to discuss how I may be able to help you.


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