I’d spent three weeks on a client’s website, and had redone the design 3 times before eventually paying (out of my pocket) for a template he demanded he wanted instead of a custom build one.
Two hours before the site had to go live, he send an email with a drawing.
Client: This is what I want the website to look like.
Me: It’s a pencil drawing, and the website has to be live in 2 hours.
Client: It will be quick, I already gave you this layout [he was referring to the drawing] so I did most of the work for you.
Me: What about the template you wanted and I paid for.
Client: You can use that for other clients, I’m not paying back what you spent.
I just cancelled the job right there. I was pushed around for 3 weeks and after losing money already I knew he wasn’t going to pay the bill, so I didn’t spend more time on a wasted project.