I work freelance videography and met a potential client at a tradeshow. After many emails, lots of time in discovery phase, and writing up a proposal for the client outlining the advantages, logistics, promotional distribution ideas and a rough script, we were set to shoot a promo video.
Client: Thank you for all the work and research you put in, but I am going to take the proposal you made and look for someone cheaper to shoot it. Sorry, but that’s just business.
If that’s not bad enough, I got this email a few months later:
Client: I ended up hiring my niece to do this video and I really want to pay her. Can you please send me a quote on how much you would have charged me so I will know how much of money I should give her?