I was a novice freelancer when one of my friends referred a client to me. The commission was simple enough – just a logo and a brochure, so I decided to send the client a quote. This part goes well, until we begin to negotiate payment.
Client: Do I need to submit a deposit?
Me: Yes, I will require $X before beginning the project. I can accept either a check or a PayPal payment.
Client: PayPal won’t work for me. My credit card company won’t allow it. Can you use [sketchy company I have never heard of]?
Me: No, but I can use Intuit. Would that work for you?
Client: Yes. Please invoice me and process the charge.
I do as he requests, but his card is declined. I reach out to him accordingly. This is his response.
Client: I’m sorry but can you help me? I need to pay $3000 to my writing consultant but don’t have the money. Can I pay you the amount and your deposit through my credit card to forward to him?
And that is how I fired a client for the first time.