04-18-2012, 05:44 AM
You are not alone. This is probably the biggest bugbear of freelancing. Well even if you have a reasonable size studio it can be difficult. Really professional people see it as a challenge to deal with awkward clients. There are traffic managers and account managers that are really good at keeping everything on track during a project. It can be a full time job though.
This is all stuff you know though. As a freelancer you have to have very good connections and spend a lot of time hunting for gold clients. I heard someone mention a figure of 15% of clients are good ones, 70% are shopping and the remaining 15% are to be avoided!
People talk about good contracts and if your guy wont sign anything it doesn't sound good. A good contract is no good without a good lawyer. Idealy you want to be a pro finish the job and get paid. I have had jobs when everything went like a dream and got broadcasted but I had to get a lawyer to get my money. The guy was rich, he didnt pay anyone, who knew?
You are not alone in your situation but judging by what you have written I wouldnt count on the job going well.