I have been working with a client that is representing an up-and-coming band. They wanted to start branding themselves by getting a website. I contacted them about helping them out and was even going to give them a huge discount to have their website in my portfolio. After the client missed the first appointment, we rescheduled to meet again.
After our conversation, I was going to work up a sample and he would get me a check to start working. A few weeks go by and they haven’t been able to get me a check.
Six weeks go by, and the client starts out with this:
Client: Hey [my name, misspelled]. I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that I will be sending you photos this weekend. When would we be able to get together again to complete the web page sample?
Me: I have been working on quite a few projects lately and have come up with some estimates and contracts to sign just to cover bases. Let me start by sending you over a quote for services so we can get started again.
I send the estimate over and stated that I was still going to honor the labor discount I originally offered. The total estimate was under $300 for a great looking website. A week goes by and I hear nothing from him again – so I reach out.
Me: Hey, I wanted to reach out to see if you have any questions. Hopefully, we could move forward on this project.
Client: We have decided to place the website on hold due to finance. Right now that is out of our budget.
Trying to decide whether or not I should just never contact them again if they can’t afford something this cheap.