I know I said I didn't have the time to dissect the flaws in this thread:
But it's struck a nerve with me, so here is my retort followed by a proper method to gain exposure and business for working corporate. Why give for free to someone who would and has the means to pay for the hope I might get business in the future? It's basically, cash is a fact everything else is an opinion. The poster in the other thread would rather take a gamble on future business instead of getting business today. I can't abide that as a credible recommendation to anyone who wants to make a living as an entertainer.
My recommendation only volunteer work ever to be done is for a registered 501c3's
[b]Key assumptions [/b]
1. We are a business and want to make a profit.
2. Corporations are in business and want to make a profit
3. Non-profits can be corporations but their board or key donors are senior executives of bullet point 2
Send the 501c3 an invoice listing your fee, but include a credit so the net cost is 0.
Now do your volunteering, get testimonials, and more importantly get contacts of real company buyers. You've now worked yourself to a shortlist real buyers know and will be willing to recommend you to work their company parties. Best part is they know the value you brought and your normal fee, so they won't bat an eye when you approach the fee to them on your corporate work. And don't worry about them asking for a discount because they know one is for profit the other was non-profit.