One of our far-flung correspondents sent us this from HuffPo: This Guy Stopped Charging Clients And He Has Zero Regrets about Adrian Hoppel, a Philadelphia web designer who uses the "gift economy” rather than charging clients an agreed upon amount.
Hoppel says, “Most clients gifted me with payment, and the payment is more than I ever received in the traditional model, which was based on negotiation and the lowest bid wins, instead of the gift model which is based on mutual respect and fairness.
Working in the gift [model] does not mean that I work for free, or that I give my work away without care. It means that people trust me to build them a website, and I trust them to support my work as they believe fair.”
Uh huh. Uh huh. We’ve got a pretty good idea why a bloodsucker like Arianna Huffington is promoting this paradigm as the Third Metric: the idea that life should be guided not by the pursuit of money, but by those qualities that make us better people, like wisdom, empathy and personal well-being.
So stop hounding your employer for a raise or whining to your clients about their paltry budgets and embrace your better self as you slide into the abyss.
Strictly speaking, if you are an artist, whether you be a fine one or a graphic one, you are not a professional, but a tradesperson.