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(Now for context I have some electrician skills so I'm going off doing work in that regard.)
There are a few instances where I would work for free, like if it's for family or close friends and they really need help cause they're going through hard times I might consider doing it for free if it's nothing too big. Another one I wouldn't mind doing for free was If I'm doing a job and the customer says that they had a plug that stopped working and it turns out to be just some crossed wires I wouldn't charge them.
Posted 6/26/17

dulun18 wrote:

or wanting something for FREE ?

Volunteering is over as of high school years for me. I talked to an applicant who was at the testing center once about why applying here. "I got tired of people wanting stuff for free" he replied. He's an AC repair man in Arizona.

I guess it is true...


I've done a lot of work for free. Code, art, logos, websites, lawn mower repair, landscaping.... the list goes on. During the summer, I tend to do simple jobs around the neighborhood for free (grass cutting, landscaping, cleaning rubbish cans, and small engine repair). For winter, it's similar things (hanging Christmas lights, chopping trees, shoveling driveways out, etc). As for art, I've even gone as far as do illustrations for local authors for children books for free (even did a collaboration with a fellow Mensan at one point). For coding/code assistance, let's just say that I have a robust Stack Overflow account (228,600 rep on Stack Overflow, 41,921 rep for Electrical Engineering, 11,034 rep in Physics, and 8,471 rep in Engineering) - that includes free advice, free solutions, free code to patch bad code..... and on and on and on.

There's a difference between doing free work because you want to and doing it because someone's trying to sucker you into it. I used to have a guy when I was a Network Administrator for a library that would come up and pitch "brilliant ideas" (like a "motivational clock" that would randomly have him giving you motivational phrases each morning for your alarm, or a 4D "gang wars chess" game which was simply a rip-off of three-dimensional chess with four players [the pieces were "pimps" and other like-minded names/figures]). Needless to say, I never did any work for him. I would tell him if something he wanted to do was possible and directed him to a source that would teach him how to do it - but never did it directly for him.

As for the manual labor, I don't mind doing it. It keeps me fit, gives me something to do, and lets me get to know people. Nothing wrong with any of those things.
Posted 6/26/17
Unless it's charity, family, or close friends absolute not and even then I may not if it'd be a big hassle.
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No, but I consider music a job in a way. I'd do a mix or something for free. And if they liked it they could pay me for more
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Nah.. but if you want to pay me to want Free that is okay.
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@dulun18

Work - providing labor for payment

Volunteer - providing labor for free

Slavery - forced labor without payment


Would you work for FREE ?


I would say all the answers in this thread would be NO


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You volunteer a lot around your neighborhood ?

Stackflow account ? this one ?
https://stackoverflow.com/

aren't you the same user with an anime character with animal ears holding the guitar ? I think you also had 2-3 words on top of your profile picture...

Posted 6/27/17 , edited 6/27/17
Only if I was filthy rich and super bored. Though it wouldn't be great work since I'd do it really laid back.
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AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:




@dulun18

Work - providing labor for payment

Volunteer - providing labor for free

Slavery - forced labor without payment


Would you work for FREE ?


I would say all the answers in this thread would be NO


Actually, work does not require payment. And "volunteer work" is a real phrase that people use.


https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Awork
work (v.) - be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one's job; do work.
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" Oppurtunitu "

I don´t know wether or not that was intentional. But it cracked me up xD
Posted 6/27/17

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@ninjitsuko

You volunteer a lot around your neighborhood ?

Stackflow account ? this one ?
https://stackoverflow.com/

aren't you the same user with an anime character with animal ears holding the guitar ? I think you also had 2-3 words on top of your profile picture...



Yeah, I usually do a post with each season change on the Facebook Group and staple up a flyer-of-sort on the community board at the clubhouse letting people know of things that I'm willing to do during that season. Before I was in this neighborhood, I would post something in the lobby of my old apartment building (free computer repair, vacuum repair, etc). It's just how I was designed, I guess.

Yep, that Stack Overflow! I've been around since the early days there. I've jumped around from topic to topic. I focus on programming (C++, C#, Javascript [before and after the jQuery/Bootstrap/Angular fad hit], CSS, Assembly, and Rails) but jumped to other hobbies that I have a fair amount of knowledge on too (Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc).

And yeah, that's me! I used to have the user title of "Gets It!" but it was removed to avoid any confusion with a mod (all non-moderator users got their titles removed to my knowledge). The anime character was my own creation. He was holding a bass (which is the main instrument I play).

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Not to benefit someone else like the way OP mentioned...
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Speaking as someone currently at an unpaid internship, obviously yes.

But it's all circumstantial. I'm working abroad at a field I had 2 months at most experiencing going in. I'm only doing because I have scholarships for school, I worked a paying internship last semester, and I know my family supports me.

Moreover, I am learning in this internship. It's a different skill set in a different work environment.
Plus, what I do in my free time could be considered work. That 2 months of experience was me learning on top of my normal work.

On a related note is how I'm paid. I wouldn't mind skipping a salary (or taking a ridiculously small one) if they straight up covered food, housing, and entertainment (some vacation and internet).

Last, it also depends on my situation. I can make money. I've had several jobs; if I need to, I can get by. So, if I reach a point where I don't need it, I'd work for less. But then there's saving to consider and this whole point gets more complicated.

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you volunteer a lot is what you are saying
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"No, he'll offer the lawyer the same deal he offered you"

LOL that is gold
Posted 6/27/17

dulun18 wrote:
you volunteer a lot is what you are saying


Some people consider volunteering as "work" since you're basically doing labor or offering knowledge/services without the expectation of being paid. Your original post focused on someone attempting to exploit this kind of mentality by offering "payment" far into the future with absolutely zero certainties or liability/paperwork to commit to this promise. I volunteer because it's something to do. I volunteer at local charities when I have time (usually when the other "jobs" are cleared up and I don't see much happening in a few months).

I'm a busy body. I don't like staying motionless any more than I absolutely have to. Three paid jobs, several tasks that I offer to the community, and spending time with the GF (and dog) ... I only sleep about 1-3 hours a night, I have plenty of time.
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