Hey guys, I want to know your opinions about doing recordings for other people in home studios and whether or not you believe that you deserve to be paid or otherwise compensated. Here is a little background info on my situation: I have a decent quality home studio with about $1800 or so invested in it (by no means pro quality). Recently I have been having friends asking to borrow gear or to have me record them. I would usually agree to do it for free because they are my friends but I'm starting to think a little differently. For example, in one project I am recording my friends rap group (something I don't have a lot of personal interest in). I was originally going to do it as a favor but since then I have realized that they want to record 14 songs. I have already put about 10 hours into it and we are nowhere near finished. At this point I feel like I should get something for doing this but I feel kind of strange about asking for money because I wasn't upfront about it in the beginning (to be fair I didn't know what I was in for) and also I am not providing a professional finished product. Basically I want to know your views on this type of thing i.e. should I get paid, how much, and so on. My thoughts are to say I will do one more song/recording day for free and then I want to be payed some flat rate for the rest. Also what do you think is fair when you are lending gear to other people to use with out your supervision. Should I be doing more then making them agree to pay for stuff if they break it? Oh and I am just a teen so the people I'm recording don't have tons of money. Thanks for your insight.