Recently, about 2 month ago, I stopped working to this side project which was planned to launch about now, but because the Mother company stopped financing the project it closed. And few days ago the man who i was creator of this project wrote me if i could now help him finish this failed project.
Before we said good-byes to each other he asked me if i would like to help finish it for a smaller salary and in my free time. I replied that i would love to but I already got offer for another project so I said no. We really closed and went our separate ways with good relationships.
Now he is asking about finishing this project, and i don't know how to feel about it. He said he can't pay me because he is almost broke, but he promised that he would finish the final product and give it to the Mothers companies manager who was responsible for the project.
I would really like to help him, but my time is really limited, so I have to say no. But this person taught me a lot and helped me when no one else did. How could i say no to him without dealing critical damage to our relationship. So i would like to help him, but it probably takes much more time than he is saying and that would mean sacrificing some projects where i get payed developing in them. I would like to know peoples thoughts about this. Is it worth sacrificing really good developers and business mans relationships for a decent month pay for a project? What would be the best scenario here? I am in agony, because i had plans for other own projects, this would set me back, but i feel that this person could really help me in future. Eh I am at crossroads.