Helping a friend out is always good karma. Eventually you're going to need help doing something and if you help them, they'll remember that when you need help...most of the time.

Some help friends just to be a good friend, some feel that if they help they need to be paid. The same goes for those who are asking for help. They feel their asking a for a favor and shouldn't pay, but other feel they need to pay their friends for their time and effort.

I've always been a person that feels that if someone needs help, help them. I don't need payment, pizza or beer to help out. Not saying that a good cold beer and a slice or pizza after helping move in 90 degree summer heat isn't welcome, but not a demand.

Recently I was helping a buddy clean out a storage unit and he may've given the best form of payment a guy could ask for.

Fishing Tangle
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A tangled up mess of fishing poles

Seriously, who doesn't need more fishing poles? There are some really nice poles in that nasty nest of tangled up line, and perfect to add to my arsenal. I'm a pretty simple guy and even though I had to work a little more to get them untangled, it was worth helping a buddy out.

A couple of the reels are worth some good money. He knew what he was giving me and to me that shows how much it meant that I would help.

The end result was worth 3 hours of untangle time.

Fishing poles
Drew Kirby, Townsquare Media

If you're in a situation where you need help and you don't want to be a burden on anyone, you need to know where to start. has a few simple suggestions

  • Let them know, that you know how big of a favor you're asking.
  • Don't take it personally if they can't or won't help, just move on to another friend.
  • Give enough notice, that it won't be a big inconvenience on them.
  • Try not to put them out too much, think about their lives and schedules.
  • Try to keep the help needed on the weekend.
  • Be straight up with what help you need. Is it packing, lifting, driving, cleaning or another task? Everyone has their strong points, choose wisely.
  • Make sure you have snacks and water while the work is being done.
  • Don't be too bossy, giving out tasks and pushing them too hard are two different things.
  • The job doesn't have to be perfect. Your friends are helping, don't be too picky.
  • Make sure you're ready for them when they show up. Being a bit organized will go a long way.
  • Most times (like in my case) a Thank You is perfectly fine, but if they're going above and beyond for you, a form of appreciation is nice. Food, drinks, movies, night out, small gift or a tangled mess of fishing poles will do just fine.
  • Try not to put your friends in over their heads. If the job needs a pro, get a pro. Keep your friends strong points in mind.
  • Always be ready to return the favor.

Keep these things in mind and your friends will help nearly every time.

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