Everybody wasn’t raised like me. I was taught to avoid free things. I don’t like people holding anything over my head. I only accept free shit from people I have genuine love for. Other than that I always pay for everything. I don’t want anybody coming back talking bout ..
“Remember when I gave you this and that.”
Nah I’m good my G.
When I approach people for services I let them know off top that I’m paying. I ask for the price immediately before I go into details of what I want.
Everybody else does the same right?
WRONG! WRONG! *Charlie Murphy Voice* R.I.P O.G!
People still out here going out sad asking for free services. If you’re one of these jabroni’s doing this, here are some questions I want you to ask yourself before you make an ass of yourself asking for free shit.
WHY AM I A JABRONI?
Good fucking question! I’m fascinated to know why you are also! That’s why we’re here today!
Maybe because you’re a thoughtless piece of shit that thinks everything should just be handed to you because you’re “you."
Maybe….Maybe… You don’t know any better.
Or….Or …. there was a misunderstanding!
Nah. You just a bitch.
CAN HE/SHE PAY RENT WITH MY I.O.U?
"It’s the 1st of the month. Rent is due. Man I’m a little short on money. Good thing I have that I.O.U from the free work I did for that clown a week ago. Thank god that I did that work for free or I might’ve been homeless. Whew, that was a close one!”
Said by nobody on this fucking planet.
When you dealing with someone who runs their own business whether they have a job on the side or not this is how they make part or all of their living.
Imagine you going to wherever you work and you work for 7 plus hours and instead of it being included on a paycheck the company tells you “Hey we have no money for your services today but this will be a good look for you.” Let’s see how you react. You’re gonna act like Curly on Hey Arnold when he locked himself in Principal Wartz office with 300 kickballs throwing them at everyone. You’re going to snap. You won’t feel too great.
Free doesn’t pay the bills. Never have. Never will.
WHAT ABOUT HIS/HER CUSTOMERS?
Would be a fucking shame if I’d have to put my services on hold for my PAID customers to give or complete some free shit for you. I mean how dare they pay me their hard earned money for my services? BLASPHEMY! Let me just place their paid service to the side and make you my priority! Your free shit is much more important than the shit that they paid for. I'll gladly fuck up my paid customers deadlines for you.
Think again bitch.
You know what really piss me off about this shit? You bozo’s not only have the nerve to ask for free shit but you have the nerve to place a deadline on it as if you plan to pay or do some hoe shit when people say no. You a bold bitch ass muthafucka. You probably called your momma by her first name growing up didn’t you? Go take a couple shots of pine sol you inconsiderate fucker. The world is better off without your presence. One less idiot to worry about.
DO I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP?
Do you even know the person you’re asking for free shit from? You shouldn’t ask for discounts or free shit even if you have a relationship with the person but when you don’t know the person it makes you look 100 times worse.
I’ve done business with people in the past and because I was a consistent customer and never tried to finesse free shit out of them they would throw me a play down the line or even give me some free shit just to say thank you. I’m not saying everybody operates like that when it comes to their business but being a respectful customer and building a relationship goes a long way.
WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR MY REPUTATION?
You looking bad in the streets if you always asking for free shit. You a Felicia headass nigga. You a Uncle Ice headass nigga waiting for handouts smoking cancer sticks talking shit like a dusty muhfucka. When these weirdos don’t get free shit they always start hating or talking shit.
All of sudden they say your business wack and they start talking bout they know so many colder people than you they’ve could’ve asked. Well why are you here wasting my time instead of theirs? Exactly. Niggas are dorks.
A begging ass bitch reputation never on point and never will be.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER?
Let’s say you a rapper and you want to buy some production from a producer. Let’s say all you have is $200 to spend. Let that producer know that instead of asking for some free production with the false hope of “I’m a blow up and I’m a take you with me when it happens if you give me free beats.”
The producer may still throw you some production for that $200 because you brought some money to the table instead of empty pockets and promises. It shows that you’re serious.
Some people will work with you if you're short. Now stores won’t do this shit but people who do pop up shops may let you slide if you authentic and don’t come off like a scumbag.
Let’s say you’re photographer and you want me to write for you but you broke and can’t pay me. Well offer me a free photo shoot in exchange for whatever you want me to write. Simple. I’m more likely to except that because both of us get something out of the deal. Like Uncle Melvin told you in “Baby Boy” use the barter system. What do you have to offer besides words and stories?
DO I VALUE TIME, MONEY, AND BUSINESS?
You can’t be out here doing silly shit like asking videographers and photographers for free shoots and videos. Do you know how much time they put into their craft? We're talking thousands of hours. Do you know how much money that shit cost? Let me give you an idea of how much that equipment cost.
Photography and videography is a hobby of mine. I’m pretty fucking dope I might add! I used to have great equipment. I sold that equipment and bought a new car a week later and that’s with me selling it at a discount! That’s how much money all that shit cost. People who do that for a living have to recoup those costs. They’d be a fool to do some free shit for you with no benefits.
People are running a business. So many sacrifices went into getting that business up and running. Doesn’t matter if they work out of a building, on the move, or in a basement you’re still inquiring about their service and it’s still a business. You gotta pay for the work. People don’t bust they ass just to give their services away for free.
Please value people’s costs, time, and business.
WHAT IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT?
I highly doubt you would be okay with people in your email, inbox, texts, DM's bullshitting about actually paying for your services. You’re gonna want to be paid what you feel you’re worth. It’s common sense. Treat people with the respect you know you would want if you were in their position.
WHY AM I QUESTIONING THE COSTS?
It’s not your position to tell someone what you feel they’re worth. That’s their job. Never question why a person charge what they charge for their services. Their price is their price. If it’s too high for you just respectfully say it’s out of your price range and go find something in your price range.
WOULD I GO TO MY FAVORITE STORE AND ASK FOR FREE SHIT?
Let me see yo hot dog water smellin ass go into Best Buy asking for a free TV and see how far you get.