A friend called me to speak to a group on a topic ‘Successful Financial Management Practices for SME's’. She made it clear that it was going to be pro bono and I willfully accepted because it’s a topic I am passionate about. After my presentation, one of the group members who had come in towards the end of my presentation requested if I could go and speak to their senior management team. She asked me how much I would charge for an hour but for some reason I felt hesitant to quote a fee and left it to their discretion. I was therefore very pleased to receive an honorarium from this organization after making the presentation.
A couple of weeks later, I received an email from the same organization requesting for my profile for possible future areas of engagement. This was followed by ‘interviews’ for potential consultancy work. We ended up signing a contract for 15 days of consultancy work and eventually other support services.
The point is, there are somethings that one can do for free, expecting no payment or reward, but in the right time, the reward duly comes. The reward may not be monetary; it may be new friendships, networks even new knowledge. Money is good! However, it should not be the only motivation to offer a service.
As the good book states, cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days. May 2018 be a year filled with many of those days, may it be a year of a bountiful harvest!