I started a software project with a client a couple months back. It is accompanying a hardware product that will be released soon. I was told the schedule and was overly optimistic about it.
About halfway through the project timeline I was already behind but I told the client that we could probably catch up by my taking on some help. The client was ok with that but didn't want to have to deal with another person so I was to handle that behind the scenes.
The person (an acquaintance) I asked to help pushed things along for a bit but then they lost interest. Now I'm a week away from the deadline and the project is only about half done.
The client doesn't communicate much. His emails are usually one or two sentences every couple of weeks. His latest one says "We are a few days away from the target date. What is it going to take to kick this into high gear?"
There's no way this project is being finished in a week. I honestly don't know how to respond and I feel cornered. How can I handle this?
If I can get this tension resolved I wouldn't mind finishing the project, but right now I just want to run and hide.