I have only happy clients so far, and of course I'd like to increase this number, but I feel I'm losing a bit too much time in finding serious clients.
I have a lot of requests; asking about what's possible, about prices, time schedules, etc... I always want to provide good, exact and serious answers, so I give them a copy of their requirements, in a custom PDF file with a great overview and info about their planned project (for example).
Now, from their side, everything is always "okay", "sounds great", until we come to the pre-payment (some per cent of the agreed project payment I take before I start).
The most common "excuse" I was told was that "my wife was against the payment when I was on the bank yesterday to transfer the money", or "a friend wanted to pay it, but just hasn't"... and so on...
So I am asking you, are there any hints to find out if a possible client is really serious, so I don't waste my time with people who just have "great ideas and plans", but not the intention to really pay that money for their projects?