If you’re a graphic designer, or know a graphic designer, you’ve probably heard them complain about how often they’re asked to work for free. Designers are often “invited” to do work on spec, with the hopes that their designs will be used by a company. Companies do this, promising that “it’ll be a great piece for your portfolio.” But what it really boils down to is people working for free, and companies reaping all the rewards. And this is especially prevalent on Craigslist.
This same thing happens in a lot of other creative industries: Writing, modeling, you name it. For those just starting out, it may make sense to work for free to build up their portfolios. But more and more companies are relying heavily on free labor to do the work, leaving skilled creatives out in the cold. That may be why one disgruntled graphic designer posted the following message to Craigslist:
I’m a Graphic Designer and since people on craigslist are always asking me to design logos and websites for free I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services for free.
I am looking to hire all types of people (no amateurs please) to do all sorts of jobs for me, as long as I do not have to pay anything. Just think, you will gain more experience, and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do. Think if it as a piece for your resume! This opportunity will bring you a ton of unpaid work, but everyone will love you. So if you have a job or service you provide, and will do it for free, please let me know because I’m sure I have work for you and I will hire you in a second.
Feel free to email me with the service you can provide, when you can start, and please include references. And just to make sure you read this ad and that you are serious about working with me please put “I Work For Free” in the subject of your email.
I look forward to your free services.
Have a great day,
I wonder if he got any responses. (Probably not.)