I was a freelance video editor and worked from my home. A friend of mine was a cameraman, and his daughter was getting married. He asked how much it would be to edit her wedding video which he would shoot. I had known the guy casually for over 20 years so I said I would edit for free as the wedding present.
This was my first mistake.
After the wedding, it took months for the bride to come to my home to start the process. The first meeting went well and I had a cut to her within a week.
Another month and she came back with changes. This happened two more times each with months in between the edits. By the third, I handed her a hand drive with all the footage and said ‘mazeltov’. She was pleased and I assumed the job was complete.
I moved from freelance to a regular day job which I fully enjoy. I put my editing system into storage and had no more home clients.
A year and a half later I received an email from the bride:
Client: I’m ready to get to work on this! I’m available now!
I emailed her back:
Me: I’m retired.