A friend of mine started an initiative and applied to several foundations to get a grant. He needed me, being a copywriter, to write his website's copy and formulate a medium-term content strategy. He didn't have money at the time, but I gladly accepted because I could resonate with his initiative and because of our long friendship.
Our agreement is that I'll receive compensation as soon as he gets the required funds to kickstart operations officially. Until it happens, is it right to include the project as something serious I've built on my resume? And should I point out to interviewers that I did this project free of charge?
On average, it took me 30 hours per week, for three months, to develop the initiative’s voice and tone guidelines, craft the website copy, and design a glossary of terms to be used in future content.
My question is different from another asking for advice in regards to traditional volunteerism. I'm expecting to receive compensation for my work; I just didn't sign paperwork or received a paycheck in the meantime.