Working for a friend can be a difficult task.

How exactly do you navigate payment terms? Should you charge them? Should do just do them a favor? What if they’re a bad client?

When working for a friend, it’s extremely important that you both set clear boundaries and outline what is expected of either party.

I’ve found that it’s best to treat a friend exactly as you would a client.

Since I am treating them like a would a client, I usually charge my friends for work that I do (at a reduced rate, of course.)

Don’t Do It For Free

One of the worst perils of friend/client relationships is when friends expect they can get your work for free. It makes sense—after all, favors and you-scratch-my-back, I’ll-scratch-yours make the world go round. But flimsy or nonexistent payment terms can actually threaten your friendship along with your career. By setting payment terms, you send the message that your time is worth something…and set the expectation that you’ll deliver something great in return.”

See the entire post at Creative Live.