I create custom themes for people on Tumblr for quite a good price. It’s a side-gig for me, as I have a main freelance website business that brings in a lot of money, so I just do simple themes for nice people for anywhere from $30-$60.
Recently a very good customer of mine recommended me and got me a lot of traffic.
One member he sent my way was a woman who wanted a theme for her craft website. She sent me a theme that she liked:
Client: I like the look of this – can you do something like this, but with adjustments?
Me: I can do something similar, sure, but it will have to be my own design to avoid plagiarism.
I begin work and send her some proof of concept shots (bear in mind, the theme she wants and the theme I’m creating have some different elements but the concept of it is still there).
She tells me that I don’t understand her brief and that it’s not the theme she asked for.
Client: I want something exactly like the first link I sent you but with the changes I mentioned.
Me: I’m very sorry then but I don’t think I’ll be able to complete your offer. That’s considered plagiarism.
I proceed to do some digging while I’m waiting for a response and discover the original theme she wants me to copy - all it took was a look inside of the source code.
I was going to charge her $30 for the edits. The theme turned out to be Boutique by PixelUnion, a $49 theme.