The owner of a startup company contacted me to design his logo, app, and website.
Client: After looking at some of your other work, I think you’d be a great fit for my company. I’ve never worked with a designer before, but I do a lot of research.
He then shared his whole business plan PowerPoint with red text in all caps on a gray background. The plan seemed solid, so I overlooked the colors.
Me: So what is the timeline like?
Client: Well, I want it done in a couple of months so we can present to investors, and I want to add more projects on as we go along.
Me: Do you have any more details? I’ll need an idea of the scope and will have to outline the timeline in my contract before we move forward.
Client: Oh, I don’t sign other people’s contracts. But speaking of, I need you to sign this NDA since I told you my business plan. How about we just treat this like an internship? And what race are you? I want a diverse team to appeal to investors.
I declined. I later found out that I was the third designer he’d worked with that month after he fired a national firm and another freelancer walked out.