So, since I don't charge for consult, I've had the last request I've taken (you've been responded to,) to wait for your payment on x day (generally more than a week away in several cases, more like 2 weeks in a few,) for a very, very, very long time. Yes, I don't start work until I'm paid, but if you and I are emailing back and forth, you're taking up my time, and if I know you? I trust you enough to wait... But this is coming from some new clients, so...
If you're going to want work, be ready to pay for it when you request it from me, OR tell me in the opening of the email that I have to wait for several days for you to save up, and i'll just send you a one line or two line price quote, and if I hear from you again around the time you want to pay, we can discuss the work.
Why? Listen, I have $15 in my account. This means my restock ability is nil. If I get paid a lot on one day, then there is a chance I'll run out of materials to work with, and everything with me gets screwed up. Its also more difficult for me to have to go through all of your previous communicae (how many recon requests do you think I get, lol,) to refamiliarize with your spell-plan and your situation.
I appreciate that the economy is insidiously sour, but at this time, there is NO LAY-AWAY at my business anymore. I can't pay my bills with your promises (or my promises you'll pay for that matter,) so please respect that everything I do is costing me money, and I do have to pay the people I owe promptly...which requires prompt payment on the part of the client.
If this doesn't change, consults will no longer be free.
Thanks for your attention in this matter,
PS- if everyone wants more posts up, you better hope I get paid... $15 won't cover my blog fee, and I won't be able to come in here and put up new posts til I pay my blog company. Don't like that? Neither do I.