Freelancers, take note!
If you are good at something, don’t do it for free.
My minimum for billing, is I can give a 5-minute answer to give some general information if required, but it should always lead to more business in the future for me.
I am not about to spend 50 minutes on the phone helping a client sort out their problems if I am not getting paid for it.
The only exception is if you don’t have experience, like if you’re straight out of school or in the middle of summer and you need SOME experience on an internship.
Not getting paid is not ideal, even as an intern, but it’s expected because you’re new and green to the job.
Otherwise: If you are good at something, don’t do it for free.