Client: I want to see if you can design something for me. It’ll take like 5 minutes to do.
Me: I don’t even know what you need yet and I know it’ll take more than 5 minutes to do.
Client: I just need a poker chip design. Start by making a logo just like the Bellagio, but change it to “Mellagio.” I want a faint cursive “M” in the background. Add curved text on top and have it say “Sacramento California.” On the bottom, curve the text to say the denomination. I need these for $1, $5, $25, $100, and $500 denominations but each have to be a different color.
Me: I can do that, but there’s no way that’s taking five minutes.
Client: Really? Maybe it’ll be faster for you if you show you a poker chip example.
Me: Learning what you want, yes, that takes 5 minutes. In fact, we’re already over that. To actually design it, we’re looking at 60-90 minutes.
Client: I figured you could put it together real quick since it’s what you do. I don’t want to hire someone because I’m ordering custom chips and will already have put $450 into those.