We have a client that often brings us new business so in exchange we’ve agreed to produce, free of charge, custom RFPs branded for the company requesting the proposals. These custom RFPs take about 12 – 15 hours to produce, partly because of the design, but mostly because the content is never final and there are at least ten rounds of changes. So far we’ve done about 15 of these for our client.
Me: Hi! You had mentioned an upcoming RFP that you were managing. In order to accommodate this into our studio at this very busy time, can you please let me know when we will receive final content?
Client: Likely next Wednesday. We need to send off the finished product on Friday, so that gives you Thursday to work on it.
Every time. Every damn time. The worst part is that we always meet her unreasonable deadlines and she always turns around and critiques the designs for looking “rushed.”