I work at a private school where I teach photography and design. We have a development office that handles the website as well as the alumni magazine. The office needed some photos of a few of our students to put in the magazine so they contacted me.
Client: Hi! We need some photos done for this year’s magazine. Is that something you would be interested in doing?
Me: Of course! What were you looking for?
Client: We need you to go find some older students and have them make a whole bunch of paper snowflakes and then find some little kids to hold them in front of their faces for the photo shoot. Can you do that?
Me: Uh… sure. I can start on it tomorrow.
Client: OK, great!
An hour later I realized we hadn’t discussed my rate and I emailed the client back.
Me: Hi! I just realized we didn’t get a chance to discuss payment yet. When can we get together to talk about that?
I didn’t hear back for about a day during which the client had forwarded my last email to their boss.
Client’s Boss: Hi. We aren’t in the habit of paying teachers for work like this since you’d be here during the day anyway.
Me: Well I was hired here to teach the students, not to do photography for your office. I can send you my rates and we can discuss the project if you’d like to continue.
Client’s Boss: Oh, never mind.
A few days later I was walking back to my room and saw that they had hired a freelance photographer to do exactly what they had expected me to do for free.