I had a client reach out to me that she wanted me to join her team on a new SaaS (Software as a Service). I kept asking her what exactly she wanted me to do and her answer was always, “Little things, ideas, architecture.” We scheduled a Zoom meeting which lasted two hours. She explained how her current architecture worked and asked me if I had any ideas. I did have some and she told me that she is definitely interested.
A week later, I heard back from a mutual friend that she gave my ideas to her current developer and even thanked that friend for introducing us.
The worst part is that after that, she opened a group for me and her developer so that I could share ideas directly with both of them. My partner eventually told her that she had to pay me for that, so she asked for a quote on a huge project. I gave her a good price based on an hourly rate and this is how our conversation went.
Client: I am not really ready yet, so can you give me a better price?
Me: The proposal is based on an hourly rate, so we can spread it out over a longer period until you’re ready.
Client: So, how do you plan on doing it?
Idiot me went on to repeat the same mistake, and wouldn’t you know it? She actually implemented it. She requested a meeting with me after that, paid, but I told her unless she accepted a proposal from me, I wouldn’t talk to her.