A friend asked me to design a logo for a musician friend of hers. She offered 50 bucks in cash. While it wasn’t a lot of money I accepted the deal since I was just starting freelancing and thought it would be a nice portfolio piece and she was well connected in my city.
My friend, the musician and I met on a Saturday at my house to work on ideas together. We scribbled the first two or three ideas when it started:
Client: Let me take a picture, I’m going to send this to my sister.
While the client was liking my ideas, her sister didn’t. None of them. As soon as her sister rejected an idea, no matter how rough the scribble was, she didn’t like it anymore as well.
We probably sat together for 8 hours and at the end of the day she liked an idea and wanted to think about it for a day before I did the fine-drawing. She gave me the 50 bucks we agreed on and left.
On the next day:
Client: I don’t like your work. Give me my money back.
Me: I’m sorry you changed your mind, but I already spent an entire day working on this for you. Frankly, $50 is pretty cheap for 8 hours of work even if you don’t like the final result.
She caused a huge scene and even threatened to file a lawsuit. That obviously never happened but she contacted me half a year later and requested an invoice for the 50 bucks.