Keeping it in the family

Client: We urgently need a website! 

Me: O-okay. Do you have something in mind?

Client: Yes, we want our website just like this [example site]. 

Me: It’s a relief you have a good idea of what you want if there’s a rush to get this made. Do you have a rough estimate of how much you want to spend.

Client: We like to work like a family here.

Me: That’s a great way to work.

Client: So we don’t pay out money as wages are so low. 

Me: How does that work? 

Client: If you are as good as you say you are, you’ll be willing to work on a commission-basis. If we feel our website’s getting enough sales, we are willing to pay you your commission. 

Me: That won’t be possible for me, I need money to live.

Client: This is how we work. Take it or leave it. 

Me: Since there is nothing to leave, I’m going to have to say no.

Client: It takes a real *professional to work with us. I suspected you wouldn’t be up to the task.

*Editor’s note: From the Wikipedia page for ‘professional,’ first sentence: A professional is a person who is paid to undertake a specialized set of tasks and to complete them for a fee.