Client: It’ll probably be a few months before we get the go ahead.
Me: Sounds good, just keep me updated. I should be free after this month.
Client: Good news! We need it by the end of the week.
Me: I’m sorry, I’m booked up this week and most of the month.
Client: What!? When did you get so busy? Why would you lie about being able to work on this?
Me: I didn’t lie. Your original timeline -
Client: Just forget it! We’ll deal with someone more professional.