20 Comments

  1. Time is money. Unless there is a cause you really want to promote. Thanks for the post.

  2. Kilo the Pug always likes to see there will be payment in treats upfront. I will work for free for causes or I will work for goods and services or cross promotion if there is value to me ie I love the product and think others would, it is a win win collaboration, it helps me grow in some way.

  3. I think it’s all a personal preference. I know when we were starting out, we’d do posts/reviews in exchange for good quality treats. It was good practice and the dogs loved it, naturally. Once you’re more established though, companies should definitely take you a bit more seriously and pay you what you’re worth.

  4. Nobody should have to work for free unless by their own choice 😉

  5. Sometimes rewards come through developing connections, providing awareness, and knowing that you’re helping a cause. If pay comes along with all this, I’ll take it too. 😉

  6. I like Carol’s answer. My dog works for treats, I don’t!

  7. Dolly the Doxie - March 9, 2017 reply

    I agree, some. As someone who works for free but trying to get paid now I find it’s difficult unless all pet bloggers agree to not work for free any longer brands will start paying us when they can no longer get something for free.

  8. Good answer! Volunteer work for something you believe in has its own rewards. If you are working to help someone else achieve their goals, you deserve to be compensated.

  9. Great answer Mishu! You are one wise pooch!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  10. I think it depends on what work, if you doing volunteer work then it is for free but if it is for a business/person then there should be payment as hey I have to keep Layla in treats, food and all the other good stuff

  11. It is a balancing act. Sure an established blogger can demand a big fee – but how do those getting established make a start? Until you build a following who will pay you anything at all!!

  12. We’ve found that we have to work for free at first to develop those connections.

  13. I volunteer all the time but at a job I like to get paid

  14. FiveSibesMom - March 10, 2017 reply

    Good answers! Having been on both sides, I do believe first, it depends where in the career one is. For those starting out, one needs to do spec writing and get clips to build a solid portfolio. While I believe we should not work for free as a rule of thumb (paw), there are also other times even for seasoned pros, where compensation may not be actual money, but possibly a barter of sorts – such as in exchange for valuable ad space or subscription fees or product, etc. I do much volunteer work for a specific cause near and dear to my heart, and that may mean some free work at times, but I choose those and weigh out if it will advance the cause. That said, since I am a professional in my field with over 40 years of experience, compensation for my articles please! Just the same as any other profession would expect.

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