I have to admit that it is very fun designing for many reasons. The problem solving, the style of my own design being used, getting to use my favorite vector program Illustrator for every logo, etc., but designing for friends and family can be a touchy situation. I think the first thing most of our friends and family think of is that since they’re so close to us, they should get some kind of a deal. Allow me to maybe help on the situation.
One thing you’ll want your people to know, is that you chose your line of profession for a reason. You didn’t start on your awesome journey of design greatness just to work for free. Maybe, just a tiny maybe, you could cut them a deal, but even still, you shouldn’t have to. If they really understand you, they should try to take advantage of your skills, even if you’re best friends or close family.
Even still, it can be very tricky dealing with this. Sometimes it’s best to just avoid the whole idea. One thing you have to remember FOREVER, is that once you something for free, everyone else will expect the same treatment, and if you don’t you could burn bridges. Let me hear some of your thoughts or experiences on dealing with your friends and family with your own careers. Do you do free work, or do you cut a deal? Maybe it’s just tough cookies and they have to pay full price? Let me know.