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Should You Pay Your Expert Friends For Advice?

Hanging out with a group of talented, smart friends has its benefits. Knowing a lawyer or a doctor, an interior designer, even a makeup artists means you have some great resources to tap for advice within your own circle of friends. The question is, when do your questions warrant some kind of payment — or do they at all?

We've seen it play out on Sex and the City and any number of other movies and TV shows — when smart, savvy women tap into their social network to get answers and advice from a friend in the know. But if you're repeatedly tapping a good lawyer friend for legal advice or soliciting your interior designer friend week after week to help with redecorating your living room, does it start to cross the line? When seeking a friend's expertise, do you feel you should pay for it? And likewise, when giving your expert advice to a good friend, do you expect any kind of compensation?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
It really depends. I've been paid to translate things for my friends before (from English into Spanish), but I usually give them free fitness and diet advice if they ask me for it.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
it just depends on the degree if you're visiting your friend lawyer's office more than once and they're doing research to give you actual legal advice (as opposed to a phone call which takes them 10 minutes to say "yes according to the law, you're legally accountable for x") then i think you should be paying them if your interior design friend is actually providing you with swatches and spending time she could be spending with clients to help you (and it's not being done on a girls night in situation) then you should pay her it's all about the right balance...i think you'd know when it's crossing the line from "free advice" to inapropriate
candygirl012 candygirl012 5 years
that's what friends are for right?
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
As usual, it depends. If it a casual conversation, no but if it detailed advice then you should pay for the advice. That being said, I have give away lots of advice to friends and have never charged them for it.
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 5 years
I think it depends on how close the friendship is. If the friends are comfortable enough with each other to say something like "quit bugging me with all of your questions" then free is OK.
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