Friend always asking for free advice
I have a friend who does not hesitate calling for assistance whenever he runs into issues at his job that require my expertise. I have even given him a proposal to forward to his boss on how my expertise can be of value to their company and even my rates. They did not engage my services but he has no issue calling me for advise. I try giving him vague answers and pointing him towards the direction he needs to pursue to get the answers he needs, but he presses for details. Do not mind someone bouncing an idea off me but he has even asked me for templates I use for certain tasks.
How best can you tell a friend that you are not in the business of dispensing technical know how and strategy for free? How fair is it to paying clients? Also, he would not have to pay me from his own pocket - his company would be paying me. Maybe he wants to impress his boss by how he can save money and still deliver on a good product.