or some unexplainable reason, many writers, artists, etc. are often asked to work for free. Or rather, asked to work for "exposure," meaning that the simple act of getting their work out there should be reward enough. "Exposure," however, doesn't buy you toilet paper from the store.
If you asked a dentist to clean your teeth in exchange for a good Yelp review, you would be laughed out of the office, and for good reason — it's ridiculous.
And it turns out that programmers aren't immune from this situation either. Zach Zundel, who is one such programmer, was asked to do coding/backend work for free, which didn't go over well on either end of this conversation.
He tweeted out his conversation which quickly went viral.
It starts out simple enough. He gets a request and replies with what he would charge and what he would need to complete the job, including his flexibility on payment methods.
But the person requesting the work seems shocked that they would actually ask to be paid for their work.
Zach’s response is still very respectful, as he explains that his rate is actually very reasonable and that it’s how he makes a living.
He goes on to offer a more "stripped down" version if money is really an issue.
Then crap just hits the fan.
Out of nowhere, the dude starts cursing and telling Zach that he’s basically an idiot for passing up this opportunity to work for free and that he’ll regret this decision — complete with misspellings.
Zach, still respectful, let it be known he wasn't too sad about it.
The other guy, however, goes on to warn him about idea theft and to get in one last profane name.
HE’S A GEM.
Not wanting to deprive the world of this situation, Zach tweeted it out and it's since been shared almost 17,000 times.
He basically just let everyone know that if you want to have some work done, it’s not going to come for free.
Not revolutionary, but yet something that still needs to be said, apparently.
But he wasn’t done yet…