I am curious to find out if this happens in all professions or if it is only limited to IT(Information Technology, Computer Work). Do people tell their friends that are doctors if they can do that MRI on the weekend when the office is closed, or maybe their Orthodontist friend if he can get you a free crown? Well it happens to me quite a bit, people want something for nothing.
I love helping people, and I also love computers. I love being able to get people into blogging by telling them how to install the software or pointing them in the right direction to get their own domain. I have no problem getting people started on projects that will help them learn more about computers. I also don’t mind doing technical support for friends when there is a minor problem. I even like doing it more for friends than family at times because they seem to appreciate it a little more. However when someone requires big help, a custom application or a complete computer being built, am I wrong for expecting some kind of remuneration in return?
I’ve had several friends of friends, not even my friends ask me to do stuff for them that my company will whore me (I mean send me as a consultant) for and ask a lot of money per hour for. I just don’t understand why people think it is ok to expect that you do your work for free for them. At times all I want is some appreciation for what I do, or respect for the knowledge but in some situations even a thank you is hard to get. So enlighten me by letting me know if this happens to you guys also.