Client: I have a potential gig for you.
Me: Great, what is it?
Client: I have a customer who is using [equipment brand I specialize in] and he needs some new programming. Can you let me know about how much you’d charge?
Me: Sure, get me drawings of their system or a list of the equipment they’re using and let me know what kind of content they are looking for and I’ll get you a quote.
Client: Oh, well we don’t really know what kind of equipment they have or how it’s laid out.
Me: Okay then. Can you tell me what kind of content they are looking for?
Client: Well we can’t determine what content they’ll need until we know what equipment they have. Can you just give me a quote based on how long you think it’ll take?
Me: Not until I have something to determine how long it’ll take.