One client called my personal phone at 11:50 PM. He had searched for the number from an online phonebook, because I wasn’t answering my work phone.
Client: We decided that we want our web page to live at 9 AM tomorrow.
Me: …Our first design meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday. You haven’t given me any direction or content yet. That’s impossible.
Client: Just put some pictures about our facilities and tell people how the process works.
Me: You own a car wash center. I’ve never been in your place, I don’t even know the address. And the other thing, I’ve never washed a car. I can’t do that.
Client: We’re losing customers if we don’t have web pages, so you have to so something.
Me: (frustrated): How about I send you temporary pages with some text, some photos and we replace them later with the actual page?
Client: Sounds good, let’s do that!
I put up a basic HTML site with a single text block: “I don’t work with people who call my personal phone at night.”