As a designer, my coworkers sometimes come to me needing designs for their side-hustles. It usually works out pretty well and I can make some extra scratch on the side. Usually.
Client: Since you do logos and stuff, could you make a logo for my son’s fishing business?
Me: Sure, I just need to know a few things.
I give him the usual pitch and tell him to email me. He doesn’t. One week later:
Client: Hey, do you have anything for me yet?
Me: I hadn’t heard from you, so I’m still waiting on a brief with the information I asked for.
Client: Oh, okay, I’ll send it.
He still doesn’t. He never does send me anything and I never end up doing it.
A year or two later another coworker comes to me and asks about some branding. He revealed “Oh yeah, [other coworker] told me not to go to you. He said he thought you were too lazy to do his logo.”
What a surprise.