Client: I want a website for my company with all these features. I have a $2000 budget , send me a proposal.
Me: Here is how much it will cost for your website. I’ll need a monthly retainer for hosting and maintenance.
Six months later:
Client: I can’t pay you in full but here is $500 to tide you over. I still want these features done, and a logo and for you to set up emails too.
One year later (No payments for the balance of original work, $0 payments for retainer):
Client: I’m going to bring you on as a consultant and pay you $50k per year to manage our website
Two years later (yesterday, no payments for the balance of original work, $0 payments for retainer):
Client: My emails no longer work, I’m in the process of finalizing a million-dollar deal WTF!
Me: Your domain name is expired. You need to send me money to pay for it,
Client: WTF! I’m going to sue you if you don’t renew the domain by Monday.
Please sue me. I want this hell to be over with.