Since I’ve started asking Buyers to communicate their expectations BEFORE ordering it has saved me revisions and preserved my rate. In my category (Spokesperson/Testimonials) revisions mean a complete redo of an order and thus reduce the rate to nickels. The kiss of death.
At the initial messaging phase it’s usually pretty obvious if a Buyer understands my category and my gig or not. If not, then I try to educate them. It’s a rare occasion when I can’t get through to someone. That’s when I trust my instincts and I politely bow out of the project.
If i’m wrong, then I’ve erred on the side of caution and protected my rate. And I’m just fine with that… I’ll use that time to market my gig.