How long is too long to contribute to a blog for free?

Hello everyone, Im a fairly new freelance writer and i've been contributing to a site for about 2 months now..submitting 2 articles a week for free. If figured it'll be a good way to get some samples under my belt and get my feet wet as a writer. Although I did agree to the terms, and I enjoy writing I cant help but wonder how long is too long to write for a client for free? And is there any room for re-negotiating the terms?

  • Faitha, believe it or not, you're in a great spot to renegotiate terms. You now have 60 days under your belt with this blog which translates to about 16 articles with your 2x/wk submissions. 60-90 days into a relationship (especially one where you are doing it for the experience and not getting paid or are giving a steep discount) is a good time to check in and ask the important questions: How am I doing? Can you provide feedback on my work? Do you have time next week to review the terms of our agreement and discuss a timeframe for paid posts?

    Those questions shouldn't come as a surprise to a professional publisher. If the site publisher is put off or seems taken aback by your questions I'd consider that a warning that there may be expectations of unlimited free work. That's not a situation you want to be in. In which case, getting the experience and being able to keep those 16 samples for your portfolio might be all that this relationship was worth. On the other hand, if she is amenable to discussion of payment this is a prime opp for you to detail your value (16 articles, 2 per week, on time delivery, high quality, etc.) and let her see why it's time for you to get paid for your work.

    Best of luck to you, do keep us posted. :-)

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