I occasionally do work as a freelance music transcriber. Most of my jobs are received by friends of mine or past clients giving my contact info to request a job. Also, since I’m still in school, my rates are considerably lower than a lot of professionals.
Client: I got your name from [my friend]. I’m looking to get a transcription and transposition done.
Me: Of course! Just let me know what the piece is and how you’d like to transpose it.
Client: It’s a 12 minute long piece with multiple parts. Also, I need by this next week.
Me: Glancing through it, it looks like it’ll take me about 3-4 days to do, so a week will be no problem! At that rate, I’d estimate about $240 maximum.
Client: Oh, but it’ll be great exposure! I’ll give your name to all my friends!
Me: How did you find out about me again?
Client: [Friend], why?
Me: If you, a complete stranger, were able to find out about me through my contacts, I don’t think I need more exposure.
After that, the potential client hung up in a huff. Apparently, she told my friend how rude I was and she asked me what happened. After telling her, she just laughed. You’re never too young to not work for free, kids!