If you ask anyone why they work, you might hear a variety of answers. Some people like the challenge; some people see their job as their passion. But the response that almost all will have in common is money. We work for money, plain and simple. We surely (especially these days) are more likely to chase careers that are fulfilling and personally satisfying, and seek employment in fields that are actually enjoyable for us (although that certainly isn’t always the case for everyone), but at the end of the day, we get up and go to work every day because there’s money on the table.
Which is what makes the thought of working for free so difficult to wrap our heads around. When we discuss the idea of working for free here on TFD, we get a mixed bag of answers. Some people say their unpaid “jobs” really enriched their lives and helped them build towards the futures they wanted. Others think it was a wasted opportunity to earn money, and others flat-out refuse to work in exchange for no pay.
Those two wildly different schools of thought on whether or not it is a good idea to work for free both have some merit, which only makes it more difficult to determine whether or not your unpaid job is actually worth the time spent or money lost. So, in last week’s video over on the TFD YouTube channel, Erin breaks it down to make it a little easier for you, discussing five times is actually does make sense to work for free. If you’re having trouble determining whether or not your unpaid work is worth taking the hit to your bank account, head over to the channel for some expert insight in this week’s installment of the 3-Minute Guide, brought to you by Skillshare.
Image via Pexels