I have come to the decision that I’m not doing any reduced-fee or free projects from now on.
I have the very bad habit of taking on projects (either public relations or social media/web) on a volunteer basis or for which I charge considerably less than normal fees. What ends up happening is that I feel taken advantage of and it all goes to hell in a handbasket from there.
I need to always quote for what my time is actually worth.
The trap I fall into is that I know that I don’t need the money to pay my bills; that’s what I have my full-time job for. But I do want to be paid for my time and expertise.
So that’s one of my new goals: charge what I’m worth instead of what I think they can pay.