"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin
There are some SEO providers that charge to rank a keyword on a monthly basis. But even with this, there's problems where the client figures that he doesn't need you any more after one month. So, he gets greedy and cancels the service.
The article itself was directed at freelancing writing services. But it applies justs as well to SEO and design services.
The site owner can always go to the netbuilders marketplace and outsource the work while at the same time keeping control over what is done.
I think my worst experience was with a very artsy client on a movie site...I made a rookie mistake and didn't dig on why the previous website admin left (ie wasn't fired)....
figured it out 3 weeks later after about 80 hours of work and re-work...needless to say it didn't go well. They wanted about $10K of work for 400 bucks...
Left it at thanks for the opportunity.
Sometimes because of the competition and financial problems it takes you to take almost anything and it forces you to do some jobs for prices you would have not accepted if you weren't in need of money.
I hate it when they demand a complete unique website, fully coded with 10 pages, a mascot logo, database driven site, gallery, forms and even much more for $200
I would never accept such deals and neither should any other web designer because it would just hurt the web design industry.
Most of the time clients do not estimate the project, they not analyze the complexity and the workload and they say to do it in very low rate and in fix budget. Moreover, when you accept the work from these clients, mid of the project they change the requirements, even if the NDA is signed. These kind of clients i have encounter in my work history and this is now becoming very common. I dont know if you have experienced this situation, but it was very bad experience for me.
I now usually avoid working with these clients.
For avoidance :
1) please work on a secure platform, and must escrow 100% money if possible, so that if you are working with similar person your time and effort is never wasted.
2) In business never trust anyone, just always do the way business is, documentation and effort security, always keep in mind.