I teach sewing and drawing classes at a small fashion studio, and every so often we get people looking for custom-made clothing or alterations. I don’t advertise, but if time allows and the pay is good, I take on the occasional commission.
Client: How much would it cost to have a custom apron made?
Me: I charge $XX per hour, and the most basic design might take an hour or two, while one with all these extra features could take 2-3 hours or more.
Client: Well I definitely want all the bells and whistles—double pockets, hemming, fancy material, etc—but can you make sure it takes less than an hour and a half?
Me: …I can’t promise that, no.
Client: Well if it costs me any more than that, it just wouldn’t be worth it, you know?
In my experience, working with clients like this definitely isn’t worth it.