After several phone conversations and submitting a fair and direct proposal to a potential client, we received an email with the following message:
Potential Client: At this moment, all I have to judge your abilities on are the websites your company designed. I picked your three companies after searching the Internet and making note of what I saw. Even with all of this, it does not help me get a feeling for how you see my sight and how you would make it unique. We are looking for a site that creates interest to anyone who lands on it regardless of who or why they landed there. I am asking you to please submit a homepage design to help me and my Board of Directors choose the design company that we feel will represent us best.
Really? Okay, so let me get this straight. Out of all of the design companies on the Internet, you’ve narrowed it down to us and two other firms. Even though you think we’re one of the top three webshops on the entire Internet (which is ridiculous), you still don’t have enough confidence in our capabilities and you want a homepage designed first before you accept our proposal. Not only that, but you want a homepage that will create interest for “anyone who lands on it regardless of who or why they landed there”. Oh, and you want it for free.
I’m sorry, sir, we won’t be taking your project.
A “you want WHAT for free?!” from the Clients From Hell archives.