This was a back-and-forth email chain I had with a French client after I sent him my quote.
Client: I am interested to work with you, but I refuse any upfront payment for something that is a pure service. Please modify your proposal accordingly.
Me: I’m sorry, but this is how I work, since fixed-price payments are not guaranteed.
Client: "This is how I work?“ The payment isn’t guaranteed, but neither is the quality of work. There is a South African designer with the same rate as yours, who accepts work without any down payment, and his portfolio is bigger than yours, and I’m also considering him a candidate. I put you on top of my list because you are French and because you are a woman. Never mind, I’ll let you work "this way” with others. I went out of my way to put you on top of my list and this is how you treat me? Such a human misery.