Most freelance journalists I know are generous with their (our) time. But our time is also finite.
My waking hours are split between earning a living and being with loved ones. The economics of freelancing generally mean long workweeks. If there’s one thing the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded me, it’s that I want to spend as much time with loved ones as possible.
Often people make free-labor requests of writers that they’d never make of electricians or plumbers. When I do unpaid work, it is a zero-sum game: Either I forfeit paid work or I forfeit time with friends and family.
That’s why I typically decline such requests. I urge you to value your own time similarly.