Ask DN: Working for parents / relatives?

over 10 years ago from EJ Fox, Data Graphics Editor @ Vocativ

  • Connor Tomas O'BrienConnor Tomas O'Brien, over 10 years ago

    If your relative is familiar with your work, and is willing to approach you on a professional level from the get-go, I'd say go for it.

    Here's how you know they'll be fine to work with: - They've viewed your portfolio - They understand your specific capabilities and limitations - They've contacted you through the correct channels (work email as opposed to cornering you at a family function) - They have at least asked you to quote for your work (even if you are willing to do the work for free, it's polite on their part not to assume you will)

    However, I'd advise against working for them if: - They simply assume you'll either work for free or for cheap - They haven't bothered to view your previous work and simply think of you as "that kid who builds websites"

    It should be pretty clear whether they fall on one side of the coin or the other.

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