I used to do freelance web design. I met with a new client one day and we talked about her website. The site in question was supposed to be an online catering service website.
Me: Ok. I will need the product descriptions for each one of your dishes.
She takes out a large notebook:
Client: I have the text right here.
Me: But this is all handwritten. I will need this in DOC format.
Client: Can’t you just scan it?
Me: No, it has to be typed on a computer so I can paste the text into the site.
Client: Well, here you go. You type it.
Me: There are more than 50 pages in there. My job is to make websites, not transcribe notebooks. You’ll have to transcribe it yourself and hand me a DOC file with…
Client: But this will take me at least three days! Can’t you just do it?
Me: Well, I’m not going to transcribe a notebook of handwritten text for you. I’m assuming you won’t even pay for a job like this, as it will cost you more than your budget affords.
Client: Can’t you just do it for free?
Client: But it will take me a lot of time to type all this on a computer. I’m not a fast typer…
Me: I’m sure you understand I myself am not thrilled about the idea of wasting my holidays transcribing all that text.
A week later she called me and accused me of ruining her holidays with boring transcribing.