Your post reminds me of a story about a fellow looking for work, in the 1930's. (Before my time, altho, not all that much.) Fellow spent several weeks looking at the local market, analyzing possibilities. Apparently, slackers were plentiful even then. He applied at a particular store. When asked his salary expectations, he replied, Nothing at all, for 30 days. After that, you tell me what I'm worth. He was hired, right then, & after 30 days, offered a significant salary.
Disclaimer: this was a story from a motivational speaker, and like all such stories, across all genres, could have been invented--i.e., has no substance in fact.