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Hey there,

I thought this topic would be a fresh change of pace on the feed, and I’m genuinely interested to hear y’alls experience with doing gigs ( whether on or off Fiverr) for friends and family. Was it positive/negative? If you had issues how did you resolve them? Any advice to ensure a good relationship and still make sure you get paid for your work without things being awkward?

I’m personally new to Fivver and while promoting my new gig I’ve had a friend ask for a commission, but I’m hesitant about accepting it. Hopefully, with everyone’s stories, I’ll be able to make a decision. Thanks and looking forward to reading your replies!

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Back when I was a college kid, I used to help my friends a LOT and I mean
a LOT for free. ( Mainly translation)
Once I started working, I decided to charge them, but it was not an easy thing to do.
From their POV, I was this nice person who did them a favor and did stuff for free, but now
I was this not-so-nice person.

Some even said “I can’t believe you’re charging money from a friend.” so I said
“I can’t believe you’re asking a friend to do free work.”

In other cases they asked for a “friend discount” but I said no in most cases.

Once you start doing free work, people around you will expect you to work for free, and
it gets hard/awkward to charge them later.
Like Eoin said, IF they are your friends, they should be willing to support you.

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Back when I was a college kid, I used to help my friends a LOT and I mean

a LOT for free. ( Mainly translation)

Once I started working, I decided to charge them, but it was not an easy thing to do.

From their POV, I was this nice person who did them a favor and did stuff for free, but now

I was this not-so-nice person.

Some even said “I can’t believe you’re charging money from a friend.” so I said

“I can’t believe you’re asking a friend to do free work.”

In other cases they asked for a “friend discount” but I said no in most cases.

Once you start doing free work, people around you will expect you to work for free, and

it gets hard/awkward to charge them later.

Like Eoin said, IF they are your friends, they should be willing to support you.

Some even said “I can’t believe you’re charging money from a friend.”

I once mentioned the value of the work I had given for free to someone as an explanation as to why I would be charging something in future. Their response was

“Come on, it definitely wasn’t worth that. It was only a few hours”.

It had been around 20 hours over the period of a month. I suspect this person would be like some of the buyers who post Buyer requests like

“This will be a simple job for a professional so my budget is $5”

The longer you leave it and the more work you do for free, the bigger the “shock” about asking to be paid. You will find that those who have a problem with paying tend to be the same ones who would never even imagine doing a similar thing for you.

Maybe I just need new friends…

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Back when I was a college kid, I used to help my friends a LOT and I mean

a LOT for free. ( Mainly translation)

Once I started working, I decided to charge them, but it was not an easy thing to do.

From their POV, I was this nice person who did them a favor and did stuff for free, but now

I was this not-so-nice person.

Some even said “I can’t believe you’re charging money from a friend.” so I said

“I can’t believe you’re asking a friend to do free work.”

In other cases they asked for a “friend discount” but I said no in most cases.

Once you start doing free work, people around you will expect you to work for free, and

it gets hard/awkward to charge them later.

Like Eoin said, IF they are your friends, they should be willing to support you.

Oh man, that’s a good comeback! Thank you guys for sharing, this is some solid advice. :+1:t4:

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