Client: Heads up. We have a new project coming in, and you have six days to finish it.
Me: (solo graphic designer) It? What is it?
Client: Graphic brand refresh for a concept department store for (major private developer). They also want us to have final artwork for signage and environmental graphics ready by then.
Me: …Is this project confirmed?
Client: Almost. We’ll know in about half an hour.
Me: Well then, heads up – you have half an hour to line up a backup designer, because if it really is six days, I’ll quit on the spot.