Free is something that can be had without a price, without any obligations and without any fear of having to pay back. However, is “free” really worth it? especially when you’re a business owner, your eyes would lit up every time something for free comes up. Or, if you’re a blogger, your eyes would lit up every time you get a free guest post right? Social media is free correct? its contents are free but if we go by the principle of time equals money, then social media is considered to be extremely expensive. You or your coworkers would spend a lot of time managing and networking in hopes of them becoming regular customers or someone who would post for you.
If you consider someone who would work for you(for free of course) and managing your network at a set number of hours per week, you would be lucky to have that person put in 1 hour per week. Even if they decide to post something for you, you would be lucky if that post even meets your standard. When that post doesn’t meet you and your reader’s expectation, YOU will lose your customer and audience. But look on the bright side, you didn’t have to spend anything right?
Let’s say you’re an owner of an up and coming business that’s getting a lot of attentions from potential customers, you want to expand your products and put it online for a larger audience. In order to do this, you need a website to market it but in order to save some money, you ask your nephew who’s a student studying graphic designs to work for you and in returns he gets exposure for his work. However, in the end you get a product that doesn’t even come close to meeting your standards and you wasted all that time(remember that time equals money?) You could’ve hired a professional for a price and got a beautiful website up and running in that time right?
The mentality of a volunteer is that they really don’t care about you, they only care about what they can get out of it. Especially when they do it for free, there’s no expectations from them to do a good job and they can take as long as they want. Of course you can always ask them(nicely) to hurry up but that would be weird right? because you’re not paying them. On the other hand, if you would’ve paid someone and this same situation comes up, you can at least do something about it, like firing them Donald Trump style.