May I Pick Your Brain?
[Editor's Note: Boy I HATE the phrase - "May I pick your brain?" on so many levels. I like this thoughtful article about the gray areas that surround the "divulging information for free" conundrum that freelancers face all the time. - Paula G]
May I Pick Your Brain? The Classic Freelance Quandary
Last week, a Forbes.com article called No, You Can’t Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much sparked a lively discussion on Twitter. I agree with the premise of the piece (that freelancers can’t be expected to hand off the farm for free), but I also see a few grey areas. See, in my world, there are two kinds of brain pickers: potential clients and newbie freelancers (of course, if you’re a writing coach then newbie writers could also be potential clients).