I received a query last Tuesday…

Client: The person we’d hired to write the copy for our client just fell through. We need it by Friday. Can you do it?

Me: How many pages do you need?

Client: We don’t have that information from our client, yet. I can send you the potential sitemap so you can get started, and let you know when the client signs off on it.

I turned down the job. Friday I get a frantic e-mail.

Client: The person who ended up doing our copy lifted it from other websites. Can you just write three pages for us this weekend so we can give them to the client on Monday?

Me: What are the pages?

Client: I’ll have to get back to you.

I hear nothing till a phone call Sunday night.

Client: We need you to meet with our client tomorrow morning to interview him and see what he wants on his pages. Give us a couple of times that work for you, and we’ll set up the appointment. 

Me: I’m sorry, I’m busy tomorrow. I can’t help you.

Client: That’s unprofessional. We won’t be calling you again!