Client: To discuss this packaging design, could you meet me at my place at 5 PM?
Me: Well, since that’s rush hour it would take me 4 hours round trip to get there and back, and that’s without the meeting. My policy is to only do on-site meetings after the contract is signed.
Client: Okay, how about my office at 2 PM?
Me: That’s still a bit of a drive for me, but… fine.
It took over an hour of driving to get to his office. When I arrived, he sat me down:
Client: Okay, here’s the deal. I’m talking to another designer as well. I will pay $100 to whichever of you can come up with the best design.
Me: I charge more than $100 for the discovery phase-
Client: Hold on, I have to take this.
He then cut the conversation off and booked a flight with his family on speaker… I thought I was in a dream.
The meeting lasted 10 min tops (including booking a flight) I never followed up.
I really should have sent him a bill.