When someone told me that how easy it is to make money from XXX ways, I'll always ask "So what do I need to do?" as I know there's no free lunch. For eg, you can make money without investing any capital. But what you need to do is you got to have a wide social network, push yourself to sell our products, approach hundreds of people and explain how does the product work. And out of that 10 people, may be only 2 are successful or worse, none.
A lot of people think service provider like me, makeup artist, artist, photographer, manicurist, designer, etc sells skill instead of product, so it's OK to ask for free. However, sorry to say, it's NOT OK at all.
I'll take myself (make up artist) as an example.
I spent more than RM20K to attend makeup courses, to get tools like brushes, cosmetic products, airbrush kit, etc, you know that cosmetics ain't cheap thing. So why should we provide a free service for you? Just because you think we sell skill only, and you are our friends, so you think it's alright for us to provide you a free service.
I think a supportive friend would not ask for a free service just like that. It's annoying to hear "Yay, I have a makeup artist friend, so I can have free makeup (service)." Even my family pay me for the service. You can ask for a discount, but NOT free. Unless, I am the one who want to makeup free for you. You know, the more you want it, the more I'm not willing to give. I go your shop take free things OK or not?
Another thing, I feel annoyed when people always ask for benefits from me, but they are not willing to help me when I need them. Then they complain when they see I treat other people better. It's like you are happy when I give you one candy. When you see me give another person 2 candies, you feel mad. But do you know that, that person gave me 2 candies before and you gave me none.
I earn a living from doing makeup, I need to pay my bills, and you ask for free makeup, you don't feel paiseh meh? I do sponsorship, because we have a win-win situation or because the organizer assisted me before.
I would love to do your makeup for free, but the makeup products are not free, educating myself is not free, my time is not free either. Thank you for understanding :)