How Do Virtual Assistants Handle Requests for Pro-Bono Work?

Today we answer Sally’s question…How do you handle when non-profits ask for pro-bono work? Or when friends ask you to do a “favor” for you and just do a quick little Website or something like that for them?

Resources:
How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty: And Say Yes to More Time, and What Matters Most to You by Patti Breitman and Connie Hatch

About Candy

My name is Candy and I own OffAssist. I've been a VA since February 2002 and work full time with my husband at it. We have been very successful and I am always being asked for just 2 minutes of my time. This is my way of giving everyone... "just 2 minutes of my time". Enjoy and please ask away!

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One Response to How Do Virtual Assistants Handle Requests for Pro-Bono Work?

  1. Sally_K May 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Thanks for answering my question! I’ve made a rule – I don’t work for friends. (period) When friends now ask for my service I always refer them out to all the great VAs I know.

    As for pro bono, I agree with you. If it is a cause I am very passionate about I might be willing to give some time but setting limits is very important. My issue is it is causes I’m not very passionate about and people that are not really my friends that keep asking for the free work… I guess it is about educating the value of VA, techie and online networking services so people don’t take it for granted.

    Sally_K’s last blog post..Calling all Virtual Assistants!

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