You can start by asking: “Will you help me with _______ ?”

Try it.

Other ways:

  1. You can barter: stuff for work or stuff for stuff.
  2. You can trade: work for work.
  3. You can network: ask other people how to get help. (“Do you know someone who could help me…?”)
  4. You can offer: there are plenty of people out there needing to make a little cash, build up a portfolio, make contacts. Offer the budget/resources you have and see what happens.

Don’t do this:

Pretend to give something of value when you’re not:This business will be big and if you get in on the ground floor! now! and work for me for free you’ll reap the benefits and get fame and glory as the person who was there from the beginning and I’ll almost certainly have enough money to give you some then.”

Ask for unlimited, vague help: Don’t ask for people to commit X hours per week or X amount of work per week, forever. Don’t ask to pick someone’s brain (what does that even mean?). Don’t ask for a mentor (that’s a big commitment). Instead, look for help with a particular task or question.

Some tips:

Number one way to ask for help: start by being helpful.

April 21, 2017