So a former colleague decides to start up a Travel Agency and asks me to design her website. Then she apparently either turns bi-polar or gets really drunk.
Client: Please design a complete website for our small travel agency.
Me: Okay, what is your deadline for completion?
Client: Oh, no real deadline. Just to be done by the end of April.
(design work ensues. Then in March…)
Me: I tried uploading your new site to the server, but I couldn’t get access.
Client: We changed our password to keep you out. We have clients that wanted to immediately see a web site for travel in April so I used the Yahoo template page for Travel agents since I needed something put together fast. I followed the directions and now I can do all the changes myself and yahoo is there to help me every step of the way. When you did not respond to my email last week I assumed you were not interested in doing the site anymore.
Me: You do realize that it takes a bit of time to design an entire website, right? And that I was already rushing just to meet your semi-deadline. I did the work that you asked of me, and now you don’t want to pay me, is that it?
Client: I am not going to use your website. I did my own website in 4 hours and I have never done anything but a starter page before! And since most of the information you added looks recent because it is taken from my recently made site; it probably took you less time. What exactly would I be paying you for? You have had over a month to do this site, and after doing one myself I know you did not devote much time to making it.