Chris Gillebeau has proposed a social experiment. The idea is that you offer something for free. Something you do really well that someone else might need. From his blog:
So here's how it works. Figure out something you'd like to give away for free. Do you have a skill you'd like to offer -- something you can help someone with?So, I offer songwriting. If someone would like for me to help them write a song, totally for free, that's my gift.
Is there something of value that you no longer want, but someone else could put it to good use?
Is there something you sell that you can give away to a few people, or to everyone on a certain day?
If you sometimes charge money for this free thing, that's OK -- nothing wrong with making money! Many people in our community are self-employed. I'm gearing up for my own overdue product launch in a couple of weeks.
But this is all about helping someone for free. So for this experiment, make sure you really offer it with no strings attached.