My advice if you ever work for free for anyone: write them an invoice with the REAL value, and then add a 100% discount.
Even when you work for free, you want people to know that this work has value, some real one :)
@stephaniewalter This is a great idea! I wonder though about the tax implications. Would the receiving organization have to pay taxes on the gift they received from you? Any experience with that?
@bekopharm @jboy sorry my bad maybe I used the word "invoice" wrong and should have used "quote" instead (I always get those confused). The idea is to send them a paper that shows them how much it's worth. Or just send it in an email or something.
The idea is: find a way to show them how much this time is worth without getting into legal troubles :D
@jboy it's going to vary from place to place, but generally it's not something to worry about. Free items, free work, etc. are well-understood by tax authorities. Giving things away to build goodwill/reputation is an extremely common practice.
Simply documenting it doesn't change that. 1/…
@stephaniewalter I do think "invoice" was the right choice, FWIW
"Quote" and "estimate" both refer to proposals for work that contain costs; the difference being that an estimate can be expected only to be an approximation of costs due to unknowns in the project, while a quote is expected to be precise (it is what you will pay). These are given before work is agreed upon 1/2
@stephaniewalter an invoice is generally a request for payment, and typically details what's being requested. $0 invoices exist
If you wish to be very precise, an "invoice" is a "statement" (a list of goods and/or services delivered along with their value) plus a request for payment. But in common use the two are interchangeable. 2/2
@stephaniewalter :-) People should do this when they work unpaid overtime as well. It would at least give you a nice paper trail that shows both you and the company were aware of the amount of extra exploitation involved.
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