I want to know your BEST (or WORST, depends how you look at it) freelance 'Horror Story!'
About three, maybe four, months ago I hired a web-designer. No names mentioned...
I have hired this designer multiple-times in the past, and well, he has done excellent work. He had always provided me with wonderful designs, and always on time or ahead of schedule.
I did not think twice about hiring him, and paying him his usual 50% upfront fee. I knew I could trust him to build me a wonderful design and get it done in the time frame I needed.
A week and half went by, I contacted the designer. I asked him how my project was coming along. He said he had not been able to start on it yet, that he was booked with other clients. I was like, 'What the...!' to my self, but refrained from blowing up on him. I simply inquired as to why he booked other clients ahead of me when I booked first.
His reply was shocking...
'I booked those clients two weeks before I booked you.'
Now, I can understand an individual being good at what they do, and being booked weeks and months in advanced. I do, however, expect that individual to let me know he is booked before I place an order. Especially, when he gives me an ETA of three days.
What if I was not able to wait two weeks to get my design done? I would need to know that he was booked, and his ETA on my project could not be completed in the time he promised.
He said, the ETA he promised me was from the time he *starts* on my project -- not from the time I placed my order.
Still, I was not in too much a hurry, and since I have dealt with him in the past I assumed everything would go smooth from there on out. I was wrong...
Three more weeks went by, and still no web design!
Now, I was getting pissed off. I contacted him again, but he did not reply for 4 days. I had asked when he would be working on my project, and he responded that he totally forgot and would start first thing tomorrow.
Tow more weeks went by. I contacted him again, but this time asking for a refund for the 50% upfront costs. I mean, he did not even start on the project, so why should he keep the down payment?
I never heard from him again. He lost a good paying client, and a patient one at that.
Imagine if this was a mini-site design needed for a product launch...
Anyhow, enough of my ranting -- What is your best freelance 'Horror Story?'
Anything from web design to freelance writing (articles, e-books, sales letters)