I met this client three times already. first time I gave them a quote based on the email conversation and told them in person my rate. second time we met at the office with another business partner.
The third time they brought another freelancer. i get the impression that we both work on the project for the price i quoted earlier. but this is all my assumption they haven't said a word about money figures.
I've provided over 4 hours of consulting already. I'm kinda getting annoyed because estimating and consulting I guess is not billable but then again I have spent x amount of hours thinking and giving advices on technical side of it.
Now they've released milestones and list of specifications. and it's hard to quote an hour for each item.
In general, I'm feeling a lack of incentive to continue. It seems like they want to keep going forward without talking about money. Right now, I have no idea as to what they thought of my quote, how I will get paid and when.
How do I ask for 30% down payment in order to continue? I feel like in order to make this worth my time, I have to receive compensation because it kinda feels like I'm doing work for free and I'm more anxious because although we seem to be going forward with the project (discussing due dates and milestones), no money has been discussed. I don't know if I'm getting quoted at 10 an hour or 40 an hour or if this other freelance developer will undercut me.