I do translations, editing, and proofreading for academic researchers.
A client approached me asking for a translation and editing job for a friend of hers. Turns out the “editing” referred to taking a full 300+ pages research report and producing a 25-page paper out of it.
Client: Okay, that’s fine. But we still need the final paper translated and edited. Can you do that?
I said yes, and sent a quotation and a timeline. They approved.
It took three months before they sent me the documents.
Client: Can you speed things up and lower the price?
Me: I can hurry things along, but I’m not changing the price.
I delivered every stage a few days ahead of schedule, and yet she kept asking to speed up the job. When I finally delivered the final product:
Client: This was overpriced. I’m going to pay what I think is fair.
A “Pay What You Want” client from hell.