(Business) Should I Write Pro Bono?

writingWe write for many reasons, one of which is to earn a living. There is nothing wrong with this reason, for Scripture tells us that the worker deserves his wages” (I Timothy 5:18).

So what happens when a Christian writer is asked to write for free?  Here are a few things you can do:

1) You can agree to work for free. Pure and simple. Consider your pro bono writing as seed for a later harvest.  Expect God to honor your generosity with sufficient provision to meet your needs.

2) You can refuse to work for free. Some writers insist on always being paid for their writing. This is their choice, and no one has the right to judge it.

3) You can pick and choose what projects, if any, you will write for free.  Most writers choose this option as a viable one that enables them both to earn a living and to contribute to a cause in which they believe.

Writing for free–or writing pro bono–can be an excellent way to get your name out there while helping organizations whose budgets don’t allow for outside hiring.  Writing pro bono will also gain you valuable experience not only in honing your writing skills but also in learning about the publishing process.

Now, it’s your turn.  What are your thoughts about pro bono writing?  Have you done any?  If so, why?  If not, why not?


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