Folks, listen. I’m giving you a list of phrases that if you hear during your negotiations with a potential client are giant red flags trying to tell you something.
That something is NO. Do not waste your time with this client, you will be so sorry that you did. No amount of desperation is worth the bullshit you will have to endure. The amount of time this asshole will waste will ultimately cost you money and anyway they might not even pay your or if they do, they will ask for their money back 6 months later for ridiculous reasons that have nothing to do with you.
The following phrases universally signify that these clients will be the shittiest clients you’ll ever have the pleasure of working for 100% of the time.
1. This is an easy job.
Oh really, motherfucker? If it is such an easy job then why don’t you do it yourself? Why are there 189 files of unsorted support material that need to be sifted through to identify relevant information, images, etc? How does 29 pages of a transcribed lecture fit into 10 minutes of material? Have you even looked at any of this stuff?
2. It should only take an experienced freelancer XXX amount of time.
An experienced freelancer….meaning someone experienced in producing shitty work? Or do you mean someone so experienced self loathing and desperation that will work for 40 hours even though you are only paying them for 10?
3. Other freelancers we are used to using only charge half that.
That’s great, you should hire them! Oh wait, I’m redoing this project because you didn’t like how it came out the first time? I see…
4. Those terms are higher than we have a budget for, but we can promise you 4 months (or 6, or 10) of following on work, so we can give you lots of hours!
You know what, my goal is actually not to work more hours for fewer dollars than what I am worth.
5. You’ll have to take on a test project for free first.
You’ve seen my portfolio, you know what I can do. I think I would rather be paid than complete half of your project for free.
You’ve been warned, kittens. Just remember, you have the right and even obligation to lose the losers. You have my permission.