Posted on | April 7, 2008 | Comments Off
I’ve been conversing with someone who was interested in one of the free software projects that I’m managing.
I spent no less than 15 hours explaining (in detail) what we’re planning, how its structured and how he could adopt it for his business. I also mentioned that the next release was 3 months away.
The person elected to do it on his own, then started asking for recommendations on the proper building blocks to use. When I pointed at my consulting fee, the person got very, very quiet. I have not heard from the person since.
Lesson learned, don’t get your brain picked for free Free software developers are NOT free information centers. Don’t give away what most people charge $50 – $80 an hour to do. Let the leech wait for the next release then ask questions on a public list. Unless, of course you want to donate your personal time, which is great. Just know the difference. Helping somehost.com boost revenue for free is quite a bit different than helping John Q Public understand how to use his free operating system.
Fortunately, I have a steady gig. For those who don’t, why would they buy the cow when they can get the milk for free? Just because the software is free doesn’t mean that the developers are.