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Discussion on: What's your opinion of doing free work in exchange for "exposure"?

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Lewis kori Author • Edited

As a person trying to build a portfolio of projects I've done and in preparation for the "outside world" (just finishing campus), I'm often asked for work by people with statements like "Oh you are so young, why do you need the money for? This will get you so much exposure."

At times one can leap at this chance to validate themselves. But at what point do you put a stop to this?

Personally, I don't believe in free work anymore, given the amount of effort and passion devs put in their craft.

what's your take? should one take as many free gigs at first? and when should you stop giving services for free?