My experience this morning from a potential client:
“I need a poster, like a 1950s science fiction movie poster (google 1950s science fiction posters)
The poster would be 8.5 x 11 a PS layered file, mostly illustration.
I would receive source files.
It would have the appearance of being done in oil or watercolor.
I had someone create one and I paid him but after he did six revisions it is still not what I am looking for. I can send you a copy.
No rush not needed for 10 days.
My offer is $50.00 US
Let me know if you have an interest. I am in the USA Eastern Time zone. Expect a reply within 10 hours of this post.”
And my response:
After completing over 4,500 of these retro style posters as well as my wealth of experience as a full time designer outside of this genre, I am more than qualified to produce this project for you.
However, I am going to have to turn your request down due to your manner in which you express your brief.
A very basic level of manners is required for me to entertain you as a client. Maybe starting your message with ‘Hello’ would have been nice, and maybe not ending your message with a demand of response.
If you chose to use artists to design for you, do your research first by looking at their portfolios. Does their portfolio reflect the style of design you require? Secondly, converse with them as if they are standing in front of you. I’m sure you’d introduce yourself, say ‘hello’ at the very least and not ‘demand’ anything in your first conversation.
Just a couple of tips for you.
All the best in your search.
Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones who has a nice amount of work coming in through Fiverr along with my work ‘outside’ but I think everyone should be able to stand their ground and not be intimidated by clients who are clearly lacking in basic manners.
Just my two pennies worth!