Most people are afraid to draw the hard lines in the sand for fear of angering a friend or losing a potential client or opportunity. Trust me, if they will walk away because they cannot get a freebie, they weren’t meant to be a client and there was no real opportunity in it for you.
Many in the marketing circles will tell you the freebie give away is vital. But it doesn’t always lead to a sale. Likewise giving away what you would do in a given situation during an interview will not necessarily lead to you being hired. It’s up to you to determine what you’re willing to give away and how much of it. Know your worth, understand your value. Stop being taken advantage of. No more freebies.
Think about it.
While the free economy was supposed to be the savior of small business, it has not been working out all that well for most.
Hard to go 'free' when the banks / stores / services / products we depend on to exist as a business have not adopted that, oh so 'cool' worldly stance.