As mothers, there are myriad things we do for free. Happily. Willingly. Well, mostly.
Here’s an extremely abridged list of my own:
Things I do for free:
Make beds at least once every two weeks
Pour cereal for breakfast
Prepare somewhat nutritious school lunches
Volunteer at the school carnival even if my face-painting skills traumatize several children for life
Write posts about my life on my personal blog.
Leave comments on other people’s personal blogs.
Promote non-profit businesses for which I have great passion.
Tie small shoes, often several times in one day.
Listen to friends on the phone in the middle of the night just because they really need to talk.
Dedicate my weekends to ballet practices and birthday parties.
Sing karaoke off-key. (You’re welcome.)
Give business advice to good friends and colleagues over coffee.
Retweet great blog posts.
Offer to finish that last cookie for you.
Things I do not do for free:
I believe that you know some extremely good information regarding how to capture the attention of mothers since you regularly write and post content targeted specifically for women and mothers. I am wondering if you would have time to for a short conversation to discuss marketing strategies and/or your ideas on how to capture the attention of mothers and what kinds of information mothers want. That sort of insight would be a HUGE help as [my client] considers ways to promote his [business].
Therefore, when I refer you to some excellent blogger consultants and quote their average hourly rates, and you write back to tell me oh no…you’re not looking for consulting, I have to say, oh geez, I’m sorry but I think you’ve been misinformed somehow.
I know we are moms and the whole growing a person in our uterus thing thing tooootally throws people off, but I’m not sure it negates my college degree, my social media expertise and two decades of advertising experience. If it does, forgive me of course. But I have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve been somehow given the wrong impression about what moms–even “mom bloggers”–do for free.
Eat your last Oreo? Yes.
Discuss marketing strategies and our ideas on how to capture the attention of mothers to help your client promote his business? No.
Just thought I’d clear that one up on behalf of, well, I think a lot of us.
(However this advice? Totally free! I’m not unreasonable.)
[should i work for free poster by jessica hische]