This comic clearly have shown what I have lived in the last week...
1 week ago, after working on a project for 2 months :
Customer : Great! Buy the pictures for the design. For the last picture, we will ask around with our partners if they don't have anything.
Me : Ok. I'll look around for a picture. So just to confirm, I can buy those 5 other pictures?
Customer : Yeah, buy them! We'll pay you back.
4 days ago :
Customer : Hey! I have found those 3 pictures for the design... would they work? (Note that those 3 pictures are NOT the said "last picture". They are all picture for other part of the design.)
*Later* Me : I checked and 2 of the 3 pictures are no good. Their resolution is inacceptable. (23-30DPI for a print which would be seen from less than 1 meter)
Customer : Argh! Ok. We'll look for around for those 2 pictures...
Me : ...and the 3rd?
Customer : The 3rd?
Me : The one that we said we will change a couple of days ago...
Customer : HA! Yeah... Forgot about that one... We'll check for it too.
2 days ago :
Customer : Hey, I looked around and you were right... Pictures like those we are looking for are really rare/inexistent!
Me : Yeah, I looked around for the last month while I was waiting for some news from your part. What about those other that we changed at last.
Customer : Yeah... well... We find them not as good anymore. We need something else.
During the 2 last days (yeah... weekend), I had to work part-time during the whole days (15-30 min max per 1 or 2 hour) with that customer because he wanted to test the concept with some pictures he found around... He promised me to not take my whole weekend and... of course, he actually did take my whole weekend.
Now... tomorrow morning, I got to wake up 2 hours earlier to bring the files to the print shop just to make sure they got the message that this thing is urgent. (We were supposed to be done 2 weeks ago... but the customer had too much thing in that week... and he changed his mind 2 times during the last week.)
I was charging him around 600-700$ for the whole contract... With all the change, the additional time he took from me... and the additional pictures bought, the new cost of my services went up to 1400$ just because he changed his mind. I already know I will have to discuss it with the customer's boss and that will be an additional waste of my time.